“Without Fear or Favour”: The BBC and Political Protest

“The BBC is the world’s most trusted international news broadcaster, reporting to a global audience of more than 400m people weekly without fear or favour”

The BBC released the above official statement in February 2021. Such declarations are typical of British media outlets and journalists, who loudly proclaim their fearlessness, impartiality and willingness to stand up to power.

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Keir Starmer’s 10 Socialist Pledges: Forensic Gaslighting?

It’s just over a year since Keir Starmer swept to victory in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election. Front and centre of his campaign were 10 Socialist Pledges, a commitment to progressive manifesto pledges and policy statements forged under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

As centrist journalists never tire of explaining, Starmer is a canny political operator. Were his socialist pledges statements of principle or a cynical attempt to win the support of the contingent of left-wing members who propelled Corbyn to two leadership victories?

We look at the pledges a year on to see how long each one lasted..

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GB News: Not So Great and Not So British?

GB News (Great Britain News), fronted by BBC big-hitter Andrew Neil, will shortly be on our screens. The channel, backed to the tune of £60 million by wealthy funders, has been marketed by Neil and others as the go to news channel for the ordinary Brit.

Neil, the GB News chairman, claims that “British people are crying out for a news service that is more diverse and more representative of their values and concerns.”

It has also been claimed that GB News will be “proudly independent”, “impartial” and will focus on “debate that embraces all voices and opinions across Britain”.

How accurate are these claims? We investigate whose concerns GB News will REALLY represent.

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Septic Sceptics: Toby Young, Allison Pearson and the Art of Being Wrong

We all know that January can be a tough month: post-Christmas blues, dark nights, depleted bank balances.

Spare a thought, then, for Toby Young and the group of right-wing, pseudo-intellectual shills he identifies as his “fellow lockdown sceptics…Allison Pearson, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Peter Hitchens and Lawrence Fox.”

Young and co. entered this challenging period trying to digest three almighty receipts: years of “libertarian” support for Donald Trump culminating in a deadly, anti-democratic assault on the US Capitol Building, Brexit posturing resulting in a trade deal as sweet as a lorryful of dead fish, and months of Covid-related scepticism coming back to bite them via 60,000 cases a day, a new variant and record UK death tallies.

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The Complete Catalogue of Corporate Media Hypocrisy Concerning Jeremy Corbyn

We have previously documented the extraordinary campaign by Blairite elements of the Labour party and the corporate media to tar Jeremy Corbyn with the stigma of anti-Semitism (in spite of his lengthy record as an anti-racist campaigner including 50 occasions where he has stood with the Jewish community).

The double-standards employed to do so have been so shameless and Orwellian we feel compelled to document them.

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Serco Scandal! The Corporate Media’s Inability to Trace the Truth

At Prime Minister’s Questions on the 9th September 2020 Keir Starmer grilled Boris Johnson about problems with the coronavirus testing system, which had become so dysfunctional members of the public were being offered their “nearest test” hundreds of miles away.

Johnson used the phrase “NHS Test and Trace” no less than ten times in his responses and accused Starmer of “attacks on NHS test and trace”.

The Establishment media were apparently convinced by the PM’s bombast:

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