What do you think of the BBC? There is a whole website devoted to picking holes in its daily output and certainly some of the barbs are true. The BBC news and current affairs output is consistently pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel; pro-Europe, anti-American; pro-left, anti-right; pro-global warming, anti-warming sceptics; pro-Muslim, anti-Christian; pro-Republican, anti-Loyalist; pro-multiculturalism, anti-British; pro-gay/Lesbian/transsexual, anti-conservative life style; pro-EU, anti-UKIP. Recent documents released under the 30-year rule have demonstrated that the BBC played a significant part in the undermining of the Shah of Iran and in hastening the Khomeni revolution. Even when the British electorate so keenly wants to get rid of Gordon Brown and the whole of Nu-Labor, the BBC persists on trying to make the ruling party look good while trying to besmirch the Conservative Party.
However, I have noticed that even Alan Sullivan over at Fresh Bilge, whose conservatism doesn't differ much from my own, often turns to the BBC for news items that are simply not carried by the American media.
There are some things that the BBC does exceedingly well. I might mention period drama such as the recent 'Cranford', 'Bleak House' and 'Little Dorrit'. The output of the Wild-life center at Bristol is also impressive. The photography of documentaries like 'Blue Planet' and 'Alien Empire' presented by David Attenborough is worth getting Blu-ray for. (The effect is spoiled by the specious pro-evolution commentaries). The output of the main television channels is junk, of course, but that is true for most television anyway. Radio programs are better and downloadable as podcasts. I recommend looking at their selection.
This morning my son sent me a link to a series of articles on statistics by Michael Blastland that are worth a second look. They are a remedy for all the hype you read in the newspapers and watch on the news. Take this remarkable fact. Headline figures for GDP are usually wrong. The true state of the economy is not established for three years, when the tax returns are analyzed. In the UK the first figure is almost always too pessimistic whereas in the USA it is mostly over-optimistic. A recession is defined by two three month periods when there is negative growth (or shrinkage) in the economy. Who knows, when the final figures come in we may not even be in a recession.
There is a great deal of hype surrounding the current economic circumstances. Reading Micahel Blandford will probably set your mind at rest over all sorts of stuff you see in the newspapers. Statistics matter, but don't trust anyone other than a statistician making an argument from them. All politicians are liars, they can't help themselves. Journalists prefer a story to the truth. Salesmen want a sale. Businessmen want a profit.
The other thing the BBC does is "The Archers". Giving up "The Archers" is like giving up smoking. You can go for years without them, then just a single puff and you're hooked again.