Nevertheless, with the Controller of BBC 1, Peter Fincham, squirming and wringing his hands at the suggestion of his resignation, it has provided us all with an opportunity to see the BBC as simultaneously grovelling, pompous and in denial.
The BBC has been forced to apologise publicly for having made a promotional video of the Queen where she is seen to lose her rag and snap at a celebrity photographer, Annie Liebowitz, and storm out. It was later discovered that the scene of her storming out never took place and that the film clip was out of sequence.
Only in Britain! This incident has led to BBC reporters having to grovel in front of the TV cameras and make statements such as, "It's an image that goes completely against how the public sees Her Majesty ... hugely embarrassing for the BBC."
Image, what image? What assumptions the BBC makes on behalf of the British public! But then the BBC habitually makes assumptions about most things, especially regarding Britain's imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where never a day goes by without us hearing it tell us lies by government decree.
Whereas it is free to lie and brainwash us all about the wonderful job "our boys" are doing out there in the name of freedom 'n' democracy it really has to watch its p's and q's when reporting about royalty. Here are some of the statements I copied down from news recordings. While reading these I would invite the reader to bear in mind the relatively insignificant incidents they arose from and to contrast their pettiness with the farrago of lies, disinformation and misinformation the BBC produces daily over matters such as British military aggression.
"[An] apology was quick in coming and perhaps not surprisingly, given the issues of audience trust and confidence in broadcasting," after an incident where on a children's programme, Blue Peter, a fake winner was announced and the BBC was later fined £50,000.
If a lie of that gravity deemed a fine of fifty grand then I am left to ask what kind of fine should be meted out concerning the BBC's compulsive lies about almost a million killed in a war crime which it refuses to own up to? In that instance no fine would be large enough. Instead the BBC should be wound up and every reporter and manager complicit in lies about Britain's war crime should be tried at the Hague.
Returning to its recent misdemeanours:
"This is a hugely embarrassing affair for the BBC and while it's been quick to minimise the damage there has been which will no doubt prompt a great deal of internal soul-searching."Soul searching? So the BBC has a soul, has it? Where has it been all this while when it has been enthusiastically acting as the conduit for Government propaganda in Britain's murdering, militaristic adventures abroad and in Ireland?
It has been all to do with trust, the news minions assure us, the audience's trust in broadcasting. Hugely embarrassing. Oh give over, how petty and mediocre these little cogs in the BBC's wheel are!
Yesterday's BBC lunchtime news was of slightly more interest. And, precisely because it was, not repeated later on in the day. It's reporter, Paul Sillitoe:
"Given that the BBC had to pay a fine for misleading the public over a Blue Peter programme, this latest event is deeply embarrassing and comes just as an enquiry is launched into when it [the BBC] has deceived the audience in any other programmes."Deeply embarrassing, hugely embarrassing, a general squirming and wringing of hands, and then it slips out there is to be an enquiry into the BBC's credibility. Oh? And were we informed about this before this ridiculous incident? No.
BBC reporter, Nick Highams, from Buckingham Palace:
"This is particularly embarrassing for the BBC which has always set enormous store by not misleading the audience, by telling the audience that they can trust whatever the BBC broadcasts."On which planet does Mr Highams live? Certainly not on mine where the BBC is on par with Big Brother and the former Soviet Union's controlled media. C'mon Mr Highams, you know that's bullshit you're getting paid to regurgitate. On the planet of privileged, highly-paid apparatchiks, have you no sense of shame?
"Now today the Director of News, Helen Boaden, has written to all her staff --this is apparently a BBC News only initiative at the moment-- asking them to to look into all programmes since January 2005 where they believe there is a risk that the audience may have been misled. And she wants to hear, even if it's only a hunch, about any programmes like that so she can take the appropriate action."Now you're really asking for trouble Ms Boaden. I hope you've bitten off more than you can chew this time. I hope your staff have the courage to tell you the truth about the monstrous lying-machine that masquerades as the BBC News services. You won't like to be equated with Big Brother, Goebbels and the former Soviet Union but that is a widely-held view which is gathering, not losing, momentum both in Britain and elsewhere. You, Ms Boaden, have a long history of covering-up for the BBC as subscribers to investigators like Medialens know all too well. You and your cronies are responsible for having created a bubble of unreality in which, like all good apparatchiks, you have insulated yourselves from the real world. A bubble that has been burst by, not the forces of democracy, but by an age-old anachronism.