Just a quick observation… When one happens across a BBC employee on Twitter you often see the same old disclaimer applied in their description. But all too often we don’t stop to consider what this actually tells us. Here is a typical example of a disclaimer from Nick Sutton:
Editor of @BBCRadio4’s The World at One, The World This Weekend and What The Papers Say. Not many views expressed, but any that are are mine and not the BBC’s.
Then there’s this from Gary Duffy:
UK Editor, BBC News website, and former BBC correspondent in Brazil and Ireland. The views expressed here are mine and not those of the BBC.
And also this offering from Anita Anand:
TV and Radio presenter- wife and mum – not scared of twitter just single magpies now. These views are not the bbc’s they are mine all mine…mwha ha haha..
There are many more besides. Of course, what none of these people point out is that unless they held the views they did they wouldn’t be employed by the BBC in the first place.
The disclaimer some BBC employees include is supposed to shield the BBC from accusations of bias when these people sound mock or criticise people who do not subscribe to the narrow ‘progressive’ worldview held by Beeb employees around the world, but when taken as a whole it demonstrates there is a defined groupthink that exists at the BBC that is all pervasive.
It would be perfectly fine – as long as we were not compelled by law to fund these people under pain of fine or imprisonment. But we are and that is why it remains insulting and unacceptable.