My original point stands; if it comes to a choice between the BBC and Murdoch, I still choose the BBC and will continue to wear this button myself…
…but it’s not a happy state of affairs if that’s about the only comparison that works out in the BBC’s favour:
The BBC’s primary problems date back, as we all know, to this same event. (Take another bow, Gilligan.) In their since-weakened state, they’ve capitulated needlessly – in varying degrees – to tabloid newspapers, pressure groups, and even clearly-confused nuisances.
The refusal to run the Gaza appeal, a move matched step-for-step by Murdoch-owned rival SKY, is a new low in this unmistakable pattern of decline. Their only defence of their position on the appeal is that they are afraid of how it will look, and as a result they damage their reputation further by being just a little too sensitive about it.
And I don’t expect the Conservatives to act as a positive, rejuvenating force, do you?
In as little as a year or two, we could be looking at the first real fruit of the liberal media myth; a fully-crippled BBC.
A pathetic beast brought down by a mob of monstrous moguls screaming ‘monster’.
(Of course, if this were a movie, we would all gang together, there’d be a musical montage*, and a tougher, more strident BBC would emerge, immediately ready to kick arse. But this isn’t a movie, and right now it looks like our starting point is a hospital room. Critical ward.)
[edit: Double-post fixed. Thanks to poons for the heads-up.]