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Clarrie's old MMU baby losing it's grip?

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Clarrie's old MMU baby losing it's grip?

Post by Doug D on 05.12.14 7:40

Tories go to war with BBC over cuts: No10 fury after reporter says Osborne's cuts risk returning Britain to 1930s poverty
 
•   Chancellor George Osborne angered by Today report on BBC Radio 4
•   It claimed cuts risked taking Britain back to Depression-era poverty 
•   Comparison with George Orwell's writings in The Road To Wigan Pier
•   Osborne says BBC's coverage of cuts was 'hyperbolic' and 'nonsense'
•   PM's spokesman complains report was full of 'hyperbolic descriptions' 
•   Tory MPs also attack programme’s 'disgusting and offensive' reporting
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By DANIEL MARTIN FOR THE DAILY MAIL and MATT CHORLEY FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 12:24, 4 December 2014 | UPDATED: 23:31, 4 December 2014
 
Open warfare broke out between Tory ministers and the BBC last night over its doom-laden coverage of spending cuts.
George Osborne was angered by a report on Radio 4’s Today programme which said austerity was ‘utterly terrifying’.
It claimed the cuts risked taking Britain back to the sort of Depression-era poverty George Orwell wrote about in his 1937 book The Road To Wigan Pier. 
 
The Chancellor went on the attack during an interview on the same programme, saying the BBC’s coverage of cuts was ‘hyperbolic’ and ‘nonsense’.
Later, David Cameron’s official spokesman agreed, saying that the report had been full of ‘hyperbolic descriptions’ when what was needed was a ‘measured debate’.
 
Tory MPs also attacked the programme’s ‘disgusting and offensive’ reporting. The row highlights concerns among many Conservatives that there is bias against the party among senior BBC figures.
Ministers have made a series of complaints about its coverage of welfare reforms since the Coalition was formed in 2010. 
 
They feel that broadcasters are also often unduly negative about the performance of the economy.
 
Last night Tory Party chairman Grant Shapps said: ‘With an election approaching, it is vitally important that the BBC adheres to the highest standard of editorial impartiality.’………………………….
 
Mr Osborne was left fuming over comments made by BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith.
In a brief report broadcast on Today soon after the 6am news bulletin yesterday, Smith suggested that Mr Osborne was returning Britain to Road To Wigan Pier-style poverty and social injustice.
Smith described the supporting documents to the Autumn Statement, which was delivered by the Chancellor on Wednesday, as a ‘book of doom’.
And described as ‘utterly terrifying’ the way public spending would have to be ‘hacked back’ to 1930s levels. He went on: ‘You are back to the land of The Road To Wigan Pier.’
Smith also suggested the Chancellor was apeing Gordon Brown by using positive growth forecasts during his speech as a fig leaf to cover the ‘embarrassment’ of the poor state of the economy.
He said: ‘When you sit down and read the Office of Budget Responsibility report, it reads frankly like a book of doom. It is utterly terrifying.’
In a tetchy interview with Today presenter John Humphrys two hours later, Mr Osborne said he had heard Smith’s comments and it had been like ‘listening to a rewind of 2010’, when there were many apocalyptic predictions of the impact of austerity. 
 
 
BBC REPORTER WHO HAS CLASHED WITH NUMBER 10 BEFORE 
 
In 2012 Norman Smith clashed with No.10 spin chief Craig Oliver in a video leaked online
 
Norman Smith has form for falling out with the Tories. Two years ago he clashed with Number 10 spin chief Craig Oliver, in a video which was leaked online.
Mr Oliver, who replaced Andy Coulson when he resigned over the phone hacking scandal last year, is a former BBC executive.
He berated Mr Smith in Downing Street about his 'partial' coverage of a row involving then-Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and his handling of Ruper Murdoch's bid to buy BSkyB.
Mr Oliver said he had been 'shocked' by an item on the Six O'Clock News and expected later bulletins to be 'more balanced'.
Mr Smith, who describes himself as a 'minor ballet bore and owner of mad spaniel', started his career in local newspapers in Birmingham and Bristol before joining the BBC as a local radio reporter.
He became Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC News channel in 2011, and was promoted to Assistant Political Editor earlier this year.
 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2860624/Osborne-goes-war-BBC-reporter-claims-utterly-terryfing-spending-cuts-Britain-1930s-squalor.html
 
 
 Just got to love Grant Shapp's comment (highlighted). No adverse comment or criticism to be allowed then.


Maybe they need Clarrie to give up his losing battle for Brighton beach & take over the reins again. Such atrocities wouldn't happen under his watch!

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Post by Guest on 05.12.14 7:52

Grant Shapps... the politician who operated under two aliases on the internet to promote his business.

I'm always concerned when politicians publicly tell broadcasters what they should be doing.

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Post by BlueBag on 05.12.14 8:08

The BBC and the News media generally have been shackled by the government since the Greg Dyke "sexed up documents" sage and the Dr David Kelly.

The last glimmer of independent investigative journalism in the mainstream was snuffed out.

Remember Work in Action and Panorama when they were good?

Nothing like that now.

The likes of John Pilger won't be seen today.

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Post by whatsupdoc on 09.12.14 7:57

@BlueBag wrote:The BBC and the News media generally have been shackled by the government since the Greg Dyke "sexed up documents" sage and the Dr David Kelly.

The last glimmer of independent investigative journalism in the mainstream was snuffed out.

Remember Work in Action and Panorama when they were good?

Nothing like that now.

The likes of John Pilger won't be seen today.

It was WORLD in Action and probably the most respected investigative journalism of it's time.

All we get now is lies and corruption.

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Post by Guest on 09.12.14 8:08

There was also the Sunday Times Insight Team.

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Post by BlueBag on 09.12.14 8:22

@whatsupdoc wrote:
@BlueBag wrote:The BBC and the News media generally have been shackled by the government since the Greg Dyke "sexed up documents" sage and the Dr David Kelly.

The last glimmer of independent investigative journalism in the mainstream was snuffed out.

Remember Work in Action and Panorama when they were good?

Nothing like that now.

The likes of John Pilger won't be seen today.

It was WORLD in Action and probably the most respected investigative journalism of it's time.

All we get now is lies and corruption.
Yes "World".

Head and hands not in sync.

It was a great program.

You'll never see the like again under the present regime. Or good political satire.

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Post by plebgate on 09.12.14 9:58

All any of them seem to be interested in these days is making sure they stay the right side of the paymasters, they have mortgages to pay after all.  Pah.

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