There’s an interesting constant in BBC political coverage, which is the ‘non-partisan normality’ that has quite extreme right-wing partisans on programmes as reasonable, or almost neutral commentators but never has similarly left-wing partisans on the same programmes. I’m thinking of John Bolton, the neo-con, hugely Bush-supportive former US ambassador, who is now sat next to historian Simon Schama. He’s ended up arguing fiercely with one of the roving reporters about McCain’s strategic weaknesses, because there’s nobody there from the Left.
If the Beeb had rolled in any left-wing commentators, ranging from Benn to Michael Moore, to perhaps Naomi Klein, they’d be definitely flagged up as left-wingers.
The point is (slightly confusedly expressed, sorry it’s late) that the norm is actually somewhere right of centre. I think this has been worst during discussions and debates around the recent economic turmoils, when strongly partisan (Reaganite etc.) anti-regulation free marketeers have pre-dominated over any nationalisers or old-school socialists, even at a point where mainstream free markets have been taken through a process of nationalising their loss. I could put this a lot more succinctly!
Rupert Murdoch for example. Absolute corporatising evil, masquerading as valid opinion. Where’s Benn to contrast.
Actually, seriously, where is Benn? After his bedtime these days? We get Oprah after Murdoch – that’s my point exactly.
By the way, by god, they’re now talking 350+ for Obama, which is massive.