BBC entrenches in its climate change propagandist role

Anyone listening to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning would be left in no doubt about the BBC’s re-doubled commitment to pushing the establishment’s climate change orthodoxy.

Roger Harrabin and Tom Feilden, supported online by Matt McGrath, set about their work in recent days to provide a wealth of material to be broadcast as a precursor to today’s release of the widely trailed Fifth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change in Stockholm.

The only word to describe the BBC’s reporting is propaganda.  It is the only description, given the amount of time they have devoted to the Climate Change on that one programme alone today, and their selection of a procession of interviewees who are all paid for members of the climate change alarmist community, reliant on maintaining the narrative and the funds continuing to flow from our pockets into theirs.

There has been no balance whatsover.  Only fleeting references to scepticism were made, without any explanation of the arguments underpinning their argument.  They were quickly dismissed with carefully selected words deployed to give the impression that scepticism is just the preserve of a tiny minority, while suggesting the evidence they have provided that discredits the alarmist position is trivial in nature – as if the sceptics were merely nit picking.

It goes without saying, there was not a single reference to the scandalous story earlier this week about how governments had objected the the ‘scientific’ report because it confirmed the observations of a statistical halt in temperature rises, and pushed for the language to be changed so government policy could be underpinned by the ‘consensus’.  The biased BBC were careful to omit that, careful to airbrush it from the record, lest it lead listeners to have doubt about what will be published later.


Every tool in the PR and communicators arsenal was employed today.  In segments of just a few minutes, and in reports from their correspondants, the BBC sought to:

  • Paint the sceptics’ arguments as unreasonable with the use of dismissive language and intonation
  • Present in detail the position and ‘lines to take’ of the alarmists and only present the counter viewpoint as a footnote, while purposely leaving out the salient details that contradict, through science and observation, the alarmist position
  • Deal with the impossible to hide errors and exaggerations by the alarmists by playing them down as trivial matters
  • Give the impression the sceptics have only gained ground in the last few years because of effective PR and use of techniques to sensationalise otherwise shallow and meaningless arguments
  • Deploys statistics as numbers are powerful – pushing the report’s ‘95%’ certainty that mankind is warming the planet and there is a need to reverse it
  • Give the impression of balance by playing Lord Lawson’s comments about the 15 years where warming has been statistically insignificant, but only playing his comment in the background of a segment and talking over the key takeaway line about 15 years with no warming
  • Give the impression there has only been a small slow down in warming and use language to suggest the slow down had already passed, even though it is ongoing
  • Appeal to authority time and again by repeatedly stating ‘overwhelming majority of scientists’ agree on climate change, until listeners are repeating it in their sleep

The result has been an utter distortion of events and facts, a partial, biased position that is not reporting, but advocacy for one argument over another.

What the BBC has been broadcasting today falls so far short of its Charter obligations, it makes a mockery of its claim to be an impartial and trusted broadcaster.  As we know there will be no sanction from this by the BBC Trust, it also makes a mockery of the checks and balances that supposedly exist to hold the BBC to account for its output.

10 Responses to “BBC entrenches in its climate change propagandist role”

  1. 1 ProgContra 27/09/2013 at 10:56 am

    It will always be like this – at least until the establishment can morph the climate change story into some other alarmist scare. The BBC cannot be reformed – wholesale privatisation or dissolution are the only remedies

  2. 2 Bill Irvine 27/09/2013 at 2:02 pm

    Scorpion and Frog.
    Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

  3. 3 Derek Buxton 27/09/2013 at 3:04 pm

    Poor old Joseph Goebels, he would have really enjoyed the BBC, lies and all. He did say I believe, “if you are going to lie, make it a big lie and repest it ad infinitum”. The BBC certainly live down to that. The Royal Warrant must surely be removed now together with most of the upper management without golden payoffs. They did not earn their salaries let alone extras.

  4. 4 habitat21 27/09/2013 at 4:48 pm

    The BBC’s bias on this issue is shameful.

    This is how the climate change scam works:

    You assume without any justification that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere affects the climate. Then you think up a suitably large alarmist global warming figure. Fake up cod science to back it up and GIGO it through big computers to dazzle people. Fool politicians into giving you lots of other people’s money and use it to suppress dissent around the world. Bingo.

    Subsidies for the better-off. Propaganda by the mainstream media.

    The number of people who can see through the cod-science is quite low, and most have better things to do.

    Things went wrong after good old tempus fugit led to a stink in the global warming movement, because their forecasts failed to happen, and evidence showed their hypothesis to be untrue.

    Now real scientists have debunked the IPCC equations.

    Bingo again – lo and behold: massive fraud.

  5. 5 Restoring Britain 27/09/2013 at 5:59 pm

    They were on form once again on News 24 this afternoon. They had some talking head in and they split the screen. They then ran the talking head on the left hand side and on the right hand side they had a series of images of burning sun, arid desert, dried out dead trees. They were also running an animation of showing the “progression” of the change in the British coastline due to rising waters in which Scotland just about became cut off form England in the rising sea levels – something that the proposed sea rise simply could not achieve.

  6. 6 Brian H 27/09/2013 at 6:30 pm

    They are already over-reaching, and the propaganda is becoming almost ridiculous. Joe Public is inclined to get testy when he twigs he’s being hustled. Going “all in” on Global Warming is not in the BBC’s best survival interest.

  7. 7 Audrey Quattro 27/09/2013 at 7:44 pm

    BBC – Blatantly Bypassing Context. Yes, sea levels are rising (the context being “by 0.8mm/year”) – is this a particular concern though? This, and many other IPCC statements, were parroted by the BBC with ZERO context. What total and utter disregard for the paying public. The context being “do the BBC give a fcuk”……

  8. 8 cosmic 28/09/2013 at 7:38 pm

    28gate showed that Global Warming is deeply engrained in the lefty-luvvie consciousness of the BBC and they approached it as a propaganda exercise. They were certainly prepared to lie and produce blather to cover it up.

    Now the whole thing is being exposed as a fraud but is dear to a view of the world they hold dear, what can we expect but more propaganda and more evasion to support it to the last? They are a propaganda outfit after all.

    Once more, they’re an example of an organisation which has so much invested in this point of view, that they are pretty much obliged to throw good money after bad as it were.

  9. 9 High Lander 29/09/2013 at 2:37 pm

    The only way to stop the BBC lies is simple DON’T PAY THE LICENSE FEE they can’t arrest the whole of the UK public

  10. 10 North Mill Avoncliff (@avoncliff_mill) 05/10/2013 at 7:40 pm

    High Lander

    +suggest to everybody you can to do the same

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