BBC corrections..

And Positive Money doing its educational best:

Am I alone in thinking that if the BBC cannot properly train their reporters they should at least be preventing them from speaking on things they clearly know nothing about?

Comments

  1. John Higson -

    You are definitely not alone but it’s not just ignorance we are talking about. If I, a part time follower of politics can find out about MMT and its implications, surely a £100k pa BBC full time professional can. So motives, connections and directions from BBC hierarchy have to be in question as well as lack of training.

    1. Peter May -

      You make a very salient point.

  2. MigT -

    Yep, I very much doubt it’s just ignorance. Kuenssberg can barely get through a sentence without saying “the taxpayer” or some misleading household budget allusion. It’s almost funny. Almost.

  3. Tony_B -

    What is missing is access to the daily editorial meetings of the BBC teams behind the news and the power games of what stories, even down to what myths, to promote and how to shape the news. Now that would be worthwhile and great TV.

  4. Schofield -

    Not being willing to research how your country’s monetary system works whilst observing the evil stemming from austerity cuts and wage freezes is being complicit with evil. This complicity with evil amongst mainstream media journalists and politicians has been going on in the UK for such a long time now it’s hard not to regard the UK as one of the most corrupt countries in the world and fully deserving a “banana republic” tag!

    1. Peter May -

      To be fair Kuenssberg is probably simply as ignorant as the rest of the populace – what is reprehensible is that she isn’t educated on a subject she’s too well paid to comment on – and of course she fails to see corruption when it is staring her in the face…

      1. Peter May -

        Agreed, too, re the banana republic – except we’re still a monarchy!
        Saw an article recently that said that both Nigeria and Britain had a problem with corruption in health service supplies – the difference was that Nigeria was trying to do something about it!

  5. Robin Trow -

    I hope Positive Money have also made a formal complaint regarding the content. Although, on the two occasions I’ve complained to the BBC, I received a polite denial of any error on their part.

    Maybe, the BBC could teach Kuenssberg about economics and then have her present a programme on the subject on prime time BBC 1. That would be real Public Service Broadcasting!

    Robin Trow

    1. Peter May -

      Agreed.
      I’ve complained only once and it was very hard work. I went for an ‘appeal’ as well but they claimed to have lost all record…

  6. MigT -

    When the BBC gets broken up and privatised, they’ll have asked for it.

  7. Graham -

    There’s been rather too many “misspokes” from LK and others for it to be purely accidental. They are embedded in the system they pretend to report on dispassionately, and rely on a network of “friendly” contacts, briefings and leaks in order to appear to be doing the job of “probing” power. As soon as they become too probing, asking awkward questions they would be frozen out.

    Both the politicians and press are engaged in a game, a dance, and the ordinary citizens are mere onlookers. It’s like the Soviet joke about the workers pretending to work and the gov pretending to pay them. So the journalists pretend to hold power to account and power pretends to be accountable.

    I despise the lot of them

    1. Peter May -

      I tend to agree.
      There’s a distinct lack of intellectual rigour – LK seems to have become the Conservative court correspondent….

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