The director general of the BBC admitted Thursday that his organisation had been guilty of a "massive bias to the left" but said "a completely different generation" of journalists now works at the broadcaster.Better late than never, I guess. More cautious is Powerline's John Hinderacker:
Mark Thompson told the right-of-centre Spectator magazine that there was an institutional bias when he joined the organisation, reinforcing the findings of a 2007 internal report which concluded that greater efforts were required to avoid liberal bias.
"In the BBC I joined 30 years ago, there was, in much of current affairs, in terms of people's personal politics, which were quite vocal, a massive bias to the left," Thompson said.
"The organisation did struggle then with impartiality. And journalistically, staff were quite mystified by the early years of Thatcher. "Now it is a completely different generation. There is much less overt tribalism among the young journalists who work for the BBC," he added.
I like that phrase, "overt tribalism." It's a nice way to refer to the Journolist mentality. It leaves open, of course, the question whether left-wing bias at the BBC has been eradicated or has merely gone underground.I agree with Hinderacker--much press bias is endemic and cultural, and masquerades as objectivity. Boasting self-elimination of lefty leanings simply isn't credible.
The only way to beat bias is to quit buying the mainstream media. Here in America, most sensible consumers have. Unfortunately, the British public -- which pays the BBC about £150 [$225] annually per household -- remains obliged to subsidize slanted stories forever.