Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,
A BBC news show recently featured James Harding.
Sub: 'James Harding on claims of BBC bias against Trump. Plus Sky and iconic news photos
James Harding also discusses the challenges in dealing with "fake news" and "alternative facts".'
In this, at approximately 16-19 minutes in, presenter Steve Hewlett asks a simple question. Mr. Harding seems to know, but does not want to answer.
SH: Do you . . . well, that might be the answer. Do you know anybody on the journalistic or editorial staff at the BBC, who is pro-Trump?
JH: (two second pause) (inhales) So . . .
SH: As an individual I mean.
JH: So, so really important . . . there’s a really important thing here, which is that, people inside the BBC, they are all journalists, actually, one of the great misunderstandings about journalists is that there is such a thing as groupthink. Journalists, by nature, have really contrary opinions, they have different opinions, certainly when, when there’s a group of think— er, people who go in one direction, they, by nature, want to go the other direction, you know them as well as I do. Erm, one thing that is true of the BBC is of course, you leave all your personal opinions at the door."
So we are faced with BBC ‘truth’, and BBC opinion, which may be the same thing to the BBC, but not in the real world:
"One thing that is true of the BBC is of course, you leave all your personal opinions at the door”
Hence these are inspired by questions posed by the BBC to the BBC in a broadcast:
1. With the benefit of time, does James Harding, head of BBC News, know of anyone on the journalistic or editorial staff at the BBC, who is pro-Trump?
2. With the benefit of time, does James Harding, head of BBC News, know of anyone on the journalistic or editorial staff at the BBC, who is anti-Trump?
One trusts in BBC credibility and transparency that simple 'yes or no' answers will be forthcoming, though they may inspire further from those outside the BBC. Possibly beyond the circular firing squad.
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