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The Pope’s £838,000 Spin Doctor

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It isn’t even the Pope paying his salary.  It’s the British public.  It isn’t even his air time he’s giving away.  It’s the British public’s.

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm

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  1. I’m generally a fan of the Beeb; a fact that I’ve alluded to before in here and the MH.

    However…. (there’s always a ‘however’, isn’t there?) the recent papal visit, and the sycophantic, toadying BBC coverage that accompanied it has made me reassess things.

    It had its own front page spot on my (ex-)first stop news source website. It had constant coverage on my (ex-)radio station of choice. It monopolised coverage of what I used to consider to be the finest TV news programmes around.

    I am left appalled by the level of BBC coverage of what is a relatively minor event in the everyday life and times of the UK.

    No10, when pressed on why a religious leader was being given so much attention replied that Ratzinger was a visiting head of state, and therefore entitled to such hand-wringing and forelock tugging. How come then, that the BBC do not give such widespread coverage to other heads of state from such miniscule states?

    It’s bollocks…pure and simple.

    It’s manipulation of public perception on a grand scale, but by whom and for what purpose, I honestly don’t know.

    It is said that there are as many Muslims in the UK as there are Roman Catholics; If Islam had a single spiritual leader, I wonder if he would command matching attention and airtime?

    Rhetorical question – the answer is patently obvious……Would he bollocks!


    September 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

  2. Absolutely spot on Nobbly, as usual. I was incensed by this. I spent nearly all last Saturday on the Telegraph and Independent blogs getting angrier and angrier until I had to force myself to stop.

    Mark Thompson should resign. At the very least this was an appalling misjudgment.

    Peter Reynolds

    September 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm

  3. Which merely proves that the richest organisation and the largest landowner in the world are both Religous ones.

    Perhaps of note too that it is the Roman Catholic Faith which is the preferred faith of the poorest nations in the world, and yet received nothing from Rome in the form of aid ! As for CAFOD, and come to that the Church of England, they are the biggest money spenders in the world, with the lowest ratio of donations going to those who need it in relation to the costs of their adminsitration.

    As for the CofE,they are the biggest Landlords in the Country, and yet the most vicious when it comes to enforcement and eviction.

    As for Charities generally; the likes of RNIB, RNID, CAFOD, RSPCA and notoriously OXFAM so on, must be bringing in a Sh*t lot of money if they need main-frame, multi-user accounting systems to deal with their funds management! So how much really does go to those who would be donors beleive they’re helping

    So much of charity?

    The Debt Collector

    September 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm

  4. Could not agree more Peter. I also saw a bit of Horizon tat was little more than some godswanker making ludicrous claims on science supporting god. The lack of FFS this is bolloox during the former Nazi Youth visit demonstrated a complete bias.
    I favour a potlach on wealth. I never met anyone worth half my salary, and, of course, know myself rather well! If we really believe in social mobility, we need to realise wealth is the biggest block to it.


    September 25, 2010 at 12:55 am

    • And yet people still pay the TV License !
      If everyone refused to pay it then the BBC would not have the money to buy this trash.

      The Debt Collector

      September 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm

  5. I made two web complaints, one telephone complaint, one email to Newswatch and one letter of complaint about the BBC’s coverage of the Pope’s visit.

    I’m taking this all the way. The BBC complaints process is getting both barrels from me all the way to the bitter end.

    I really, honestly, genuinely think Mark Thompson should go. It’s a desperately serious error of judgement to have handed out this free multimillion pound promotional campaign. His position is untenable now.

    Peter Reynolds

    September 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

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