Thursday, 21 October 2010

Take your suitcases and go back to where you are happy

"Take your suitcases and go back to where you are happy"

I found this video on the internet today, originally from the Russia Today news channel - which, for those not in the know, provides a more interesting and robust news service than our own nation's heavily controlled and sanitised media. It is on Freeview, so there is no excuse for not ditching the BBC News24.

I was interested in the Channel when the station first seemed to appear (when I upgraded my signal booster and had to retune the box). I watched it for a while, then kind of lost interest. I tend to be on the internet more than watching TV these days.

Lately, I have been tuning in a bit again to Russia Today. For example there was some good coverage of the fringe Tory conference and a lot of things said by spokesmen who are "Eurosceptic" that were essentially all the arguments we have been making for years. This alone was something I'd find hard to believe getting such air time from the good old Beeb. 

The other week there was an interesting story about the Polish kicking off about the increase in immigration and a new mosque proposal for the expanding Muslim demographic. Non-ethnic Poles were apparently getting to around 3% of the population, with Muslims at around 1%.

It was interesting to see banners being held saying they did not want Islamisation of Europe, and people out on the streets with what is to us, just a tiny percentage.

I bet many Polish people who have come to this country in the last few years have had their eyes out on stalks about what our cities and towns look like, never mind the problems and prevailing government attitudes - and they have returned home and hopefully issued a warning of what will soon develop there. That would never have been shown on the BBC news.

You only have to watch the Russia Today news for a day or so to notice the difference, and realise how plasticated and conditioned our own media is. RT is not perfect, but it does allow balance and two sides of a story to be aired. The BBC should take lessons from Russia Today about how to conduct a fair and balanced interview and how to retain general balance of tone for people to make up their own minds.

There is a lot of material which would never be broadcast here on the mainstream news. Again, why is this?. 

It should certainly make people think about what kinds of "news" priority we get here, and what issues are "decided" to be run for the day. Rooney? X-Factor? Strictly Come Dancing stars? they really deserve headline slots and all day coverage? Whether we are 'safe' to drink a glass of wine a day or not - something which seems to flip flop every single month!. Of course they don't deserve the coverage.

Just like the massive French rioting a few years ago, the recent trials of Geert Wilders, the riots in Sweden a few years ago where schools and places of of worship were torched, the massive rally against the Mosque in Cologne, Germany......where is it on our screens? Nowhere. 

It was not until the seventh or so day into the large French riots - where it was at the point it looked completely ridiculous not to be reporting on it - that the likes of the BBC started to broadcast it on mainstream TV. The intent to try and shield us from worrying ethnic situations in Europe, the desire to pretend it wasn't happening, must have been huge. When they did report it, it was "youths" from "deprived areas".

Anyway, back to the video. Here is a refreshingly honest assessment of the situation going on in one of our neighbouring countries.