On News 24 today, BBC reporter Matt Frei gave a clever little smirk when he was asked about Hurricane Rita's effect on Bush's ratings. He certainly has a way of getting his disdain across. Frei's colleague Justin Webb sounds every bit as condescending in this dispatch. No wonder Ann Althouse is irked. (Via Instapundit)
National Review editor Rich Lowry is running out of patience:
The other day I was standing in a colleague's office when his phone rang. He refused to answer it. In response to my puzzled look he said, "It might be the BBC." A few moments later, my cell phone rang--caller ID: "unknown"--and I answered: it was the BBC, looking for my colleague, who began waving his arms in don't-tell-them-I'm-here gestures.
Why the fear? As far as I can tell, it's because the BBC is relentless, clueless, and anti-American. Conversations with its producers tend to be long and pointless, and no media appearance is as unsatisfying as one with the BBC, since no one you know will hear you and you will make no head-way against a tide of maddeningly conventional leftism.
Austin and Matt Frei of the BBC worked side by side in New Orleans. "I spoke to him a lot about it, and I don't think he said anything that we weren't saying. What Blair said to Murdoch is surprising."
UPDATE: Iain Murray has problems with Channel 4 News as well. The Jon Snow interview that he links to is a gem. BTW, I wonder how Snow's colleague, Alex Thomson is getting on with that idea for embedding journos with the Iraqi insurgents?
In the ideological and military clash of Christian fundamentals with Islamist fundamentals, the western media are simply off-limits to the latter. I am still getting emails every week from viewers demanding why we are not in Falluja, Tikrit, Amara covering this war properly and showing the other side.
UPDATE 2: Andrew Sullivan thinks criticism of the Beeb should be a little more nuanced. Fair point, although I think the weight of assumptions underpinning almost every programme is beyond dispute.
Andrew still found Justin Webb's piece "dumb and ill-informed". Stephen Pollard is even blunter:
I mean, really. It's not even Marxism, just puerile student Spartist drivel.