We will control all you see and hear

You’d notice, right, if there was a subtle quasi-Communist takeover of the press? And if someone insisted that it was happening right under your nose, you’d look at them funny. I mean, if I was with you in the pub and I said: the media, they’re not just a bit biassed, and a bit mad sometimes; they’re not just pursuing stories based on how easy they are to report or make into big deals; they’re actively burying stories that don’t fit a specific government agenda… if I said that, you’d probably start drinking with someone else.

I mean, you’d never fall for the old tricks of cheese-paring or salami-slicing, unless they turned out to be some sort of sexy thing? Would you?

OK. How about this?

  1. A mad loner scribbles wacky bomb plots. No funding, no bombs, no vehicles, no backers, no organization, no accomplices: no equipment to speak of, in fact. Despite this, all the major news organizations go crazy about it. He’s prosecuted to within an inch of his life and the story splashed over every paper.
  2. Rocket launchers, chemicals, BNP literature and an environmental suit found at former election candidate’s house. The BBC steadfastly ignore it: national and regional press effectively black it out. The suspect is charged with possession of an explosive substance and later released.

Let’s start again. From the top.

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4 Responses to We will control all you see and hear

  1. Jayfell says:

    At long last, the BBC has acknowledged item 2; see the news report at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/6080278.stm

  2. sbalb says:

    It took a while. Of course, we don’t know what requirements of sub judice were placed on them. But the acid test is how they cover the trial, and whether it’s with the frothiness that surrounded the Barot proceedings.

  3. Jayfell says:

    It’s amazing they covered what they did! The first news reports said that “Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Burnley Crown Court on October 23rd.”
    Slightly odd that they appeared at Preston for a pre trial hearing, and the trial will take place on the 12 February 2007 at Manchester Crown Court.
    Not being up on the legalese – why are they moving this around?

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