So, here we have it, the maiden post of our Opinions On category. Hopefully, this’ll be a great piece for everyone, on a regular basis, but only time will tell.
We’ll kick things off with my Opinions On the way the BBC and George Entwistle have been treated by Parliament, the News Industry and pretty much everyone else on the planet, if BBC News is telling me the truth.
First off, I want to make something very clear. I only trust two sources when it comes to finding out what’s going on. One of those is the BBC, the other is here. Why? Because I write most of it, so I know that I’m writing what I believe to be true. As for the BBC, I have faith in them because I can see no way they could gain from lying to me. I see no political spin, no wealthy persuaders, and I’m damn sure that there are no evil corporation people in the BBC, because otherwise, Panorama would have told us by now.
So, that out-of-the-way, I find it disgraceful that a single show, on the world’s most reliable network, has successfully managed to fuck up the BBC’s reputation so much, over something as simple as mistaken identity. I find it even worse, when I think that they’ve made George Entwistle the scapegoat here. I mean, he’s been blamed for Newsnight fucking up and blabbing about an alleged paedophile politician from the Thatcher era.
Now, before I start on the whole of the BBC, situation, let’s just focus on Entwistle for a moment.
George Entwistle is one man. One man. Sure he’s the now-ex-director-general at the BBC (which I think is fancy words for the big boss guy of the TV stuff), but even he has too much on his plate to successfully review EVERY SINGLE program the BBC shows, to see if it’s safe to release. Heck, it wasn’t even the whole of Newsnight. It’d have been a section on a show happening late at night, which foolishly decided to reference a reported case of a paedophile politician from the Thatcher era.
I feel for Entwistle here. Why? Because I’m essentially the director general of TGTRS, and I don’t know what everyone’s writing. I can check, and it doesn’t cause much hassle, but people get pissy. They don’t want me all up in their grill, so to speak. The last thing I wanna do is piss off my fellow writers, so I have a sneaky look every now and then, check what they post and make sure we’re not gonna piss off anyone that can sue me. Entwistle, however, has loads of channels, radio stations and websites to keep an eye on, making sure that everyone stays within their bounds and he’s only been doing his job for 2 months. He’s not going to be getting it right, is he? I mean, heck, who the hell gets it right every time for the first three months of work?
And the government has the audacity to comment on his payout, for resigning? Seriously? The man is being used as a scapegoat and they want to know why he’s getting paid for it? Grow the fuck up, UK government. He deserves more! It’s not his fault some idiot on the Newsnight team didn’t bring it to his attention…
Now for the BBC as a whole. The BBC does a lot of things. Informs, entertains and educates, to name a few. They say the whole of the BBC’s reputation will have taken a beating after this. Really? CBBC will no longer be credible, because the Newsnight team made a simple mistake? Well, that doesn’t make much sense. Guess the fiction department will be in serious trouble then… They must have collaborated on this one, mustn’t they?
What I’m trying to say, is, sure, the news department might be in trouble for a few months, but are we honestly going to say that the whole BBC will no longer be believable? I find that extremely hard to believe. I honestly do. I made a mistake calling the US election, but you’ve all come back to read what we think, because that’s what we present it as. Opinion. Not fact.
But that’s just what I think. Who am I to judge the BBC, Entwistle, my government, other news stations and the general public? I’m just a big fan, a supporter, someone they’re meant to be working for, someone who gets them paid and one of the members…
If you have an opinion on this, please, feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you think. We’ll happily debate this topic with you and, if you want, publish a post outlining your opinions on your behalf. We’re all for opinions here.