Saturday, 12 February 2011

Is Radio 4's Today programme as unbiased as they'd like to have us think?

I noticed in the last three minutes of the Today programme on radio 4 this morning that whilst Jim Naughtie was speaking to Jeremy Bowen, the middle east editor, the connection 'broke' with a crackling noise. How 'lucky' was that, given that they were chatting seemingly with no idea of the time, and as it broke, the presenters just about had enough time to say goodbye. Now I wanted to listen to this again on BBC iplayer and almost missed it because the timings were all correct except for this session which was put as 7.57 instead of 8.57. See:

I wonder if they were trying to throw people like me off the scent. I'm only I've heard this happen much earlier during the programme when people are saying things that make a faction, political party, social group or country look far better than the producers or presenters would like them to look. I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed this on Radio and the TV too?

I'm only mentioning it today, as I will eventually be speaking about my conviction that we don't live in a Meritocracy and that the media, wittingly or unwittingly, are complicit in this...

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