Independent Group Criticises Corporation's World Cup Coverage
"Deep-seated Cultural Marxism"
The Times, 30th July 2007
An independent study group has heavily criticised the BBC for what it calls "Anti-English bias" in its coverage of the 2006 football World Cup.
Media Bias Watch, a privately funded organisation dedicated to scrutinising the Corporation, cited numerous instances in which the national team was unfairly denigrated, while the faults of other nations were glossed over.
"Time and time again, the BBC's commentators referred to England's performances as 'lacklustre', 'workmanlike' and 'half-hearted'," said Sir Richard Starke-Staring, Chairman of the group. "And yet they had nothing but praise for teams such as Italy, Brazil and Germany."
"The BBC refused to balance its coverage, displaying bias in its treatment of foreign teams. Argentina, for instance, were lavished with praise for their 6-0 defeat of Serbia and Montenegro - their play was described as 'poetic, balletic and brilliant', featuring 'one of the best goals ever scored at international level."
"But where was the praise for England's triumphant defeat of Trinidad and Tobago?"
"It is precisely this kind of contempt for Englishness and pandering to foreign nations that exposes the Corporation's fundamental lack of trustworthiness."
The BBC has recently come under fire for gross distortions in its broadcasting, and this report comes as the public is increasingly critical of the Corporation.
As for the treatment of the U.S.A. national team, the report states that the commentators spilled over into overt anti-American hatred - Gary Lineker was heard to state that "the Americans aren't very keen on football - sorry, soccer," and pundits Alan Hansen and Peter Schmeichel both laughed at the prospect of an American triumph in the competition.
"Would they have laughed at the suggestion that Brazil might win the trophy?" asks the report. "Of course not, because the Brazilians are not a symbol of international capitalism."
Sir Richard was adamant that the BBC was not providing its viewers with accurate reporting.
"Perhaps the brie-eating, latte-slurping classes of Hampstead enjoy hearing praise for the cheating divers of Italy, but the good, honest, hard-working British man doesn't need to hear his heroes being described as 'over-paid' and 'over-rated'."
The report recommends a complete restructuring of the BBC, allowing for privatisation and foreign ownership.
"We've seen how private ownership has helped American media with their truth and accuracy," he said. "The liberal-leftist culture of the BBC has so tainted their reporting that only a mandatory purchase by, for example, News International can bring balance to sport coverage."
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