Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

"They're not 'alleged comments' - they're clearly remembered, and doubtless on the record."

But you didn't cite the record, so they remain alleged.

"Maybe it's because I don't usually do TV that they stayed in my mind so clearly."

You believing that you remember them accurately isn't the same as being accurate, obviously.

AS I said I'm sure you're wrong about Badawi - but without more information we can't establish the truth.

"As for being trusted - I'm sure a few years ago Fox's trust rating would have been comparably high in the US."

No comparison: "Asked which news source they most trusted, 11 percent of Americans named Fox News"


"Being trusted isn't the same as being trustworthy, obviously."

No but it is SOME evidence - more than you provide - and on the other side we have - YOUR opinion. Somehow I didn't think you'd take any notice of a representative selection of other opinions. Do you have any evidence, apart from a few scattered memories of things you objected to, that in general isn't trustworthy? It is one of the most carefully monitored institutions, both internally and externally.

"A few years ago I might have agreed with your rating of the BBC. It's only since I've been spending time on here and on dKos that it's obvious how slanted the angles from the BBC really are."

Sometimes are.

Obviously people don't tend to use here and Dkos to say "the BBC did a pretty accurate set of reports today", any more than the BBC news says "Most cities in the UK were quite peaceful today."

Also of course, the Right and the Government claim the BBC is "obviously" slanted the other way.

 I'm very aware of problems with some of the BBC's reporting. Years ago I read and discussed with students the many careful research reports about and criticim of the BBC by the Glasgow University Media Group. I also think medialens make some valid criticisms, but they too over-generalize; from their site one would think the BBC was Fox news.  

I think the impression most people have in the UK that the BBC is one of the most trustworthy sources is, in general, well-founded. But they tend to get it in the neck from one side or the other whatever they say.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Mon Jun 4th, 2007 at 07:39:55 PM EST
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