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??
Today is the culmination, but not the end, of enormous amounts of activity surrounding WW1, both generally and on the BBC. Two facets of this leave me perplexed.
The first is why we are in almost celebratory mood - parties - flags out - fun days - special events of remembering WW1 - etc.
The second is the Christian churches' enthusiastic and celebratory remembering this event. I thought that Judeo-Christianity had 10 basic rules, one of which was "Thou shalt not kill". This was expanded, I was taught, by Christ's teaching about "turning the other cheek".
What do we, in general, and the Christian church in particular, have to celebrate in the pointless deaths of many millions of the young mostly men? I call them pointless because no one, not even school masters who had fought in that war, could explain to me WHY the war had been fought, or WHAT had been achieved. This was in stark contrast with WW2, which had finished some years earlier than my schooldays, and which had clearly rid the world of a megalomaniac dictator.
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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