The BBC's Charter and its Producers Guidelines state:
...'Due impartiality lies at the heart of the BBC. All programs and services should be open minded, fair and show a respect for truth? [BBC reports should] contain comprehensive, authoritative and impartial coverage of news and current affairs in the United Kingdom and throughout the world??
There's bias, there's bias and then there's the BBC. Oh, dear. With days to go before the US presidential elections, at which BBC executives may well self-immolate if Romney wins, the Friday unemployment figures are just out. Terrible news for Obama in that the rate of unemployment has risen from 7.8 percent to 7.9 percent.
However, not to be deterred, the BBC has headlined its piece on the basis of the 171,000 jobs added in October, rather than the overall jobless rate. Well aware that for every 10 people that read a headline there is barely one that reads the full article, the BBC does actually relate the fuller details below the headline and first paragraph.
But what a shabby performance in headlining their article thus:
At present, the BBC is only answerable to itself in deciding its standards and coverage. How does it measure up to what you consider good quality, and impartial and unbiased reporting as required by its charter? All TV viewers in the UK are forced by law to pay for this 'service'. Do you believe that what is received truly 'serves' the society, - or merely increases the problems within it?
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