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Does BBC News have it's priorities right?

Not the first time I've wondered... (August 2004)

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FR
freddy
Katherine posted:
Dan posted:
SNAFU.

Pardon?

Situation normal - all f*cked up.
:-(
A former member
Marcus posted:
I would have thought that 50 thousand of your fellow human beings being brutally killed would be something that concerns everyone on the planet.


Yes, but it's been happening for 6 months. Unless something specific happened yesterday it's not really newsworth enough to make the top slot in the news.
DB
dbl
I remember last week , when that United Airlines plane had to return to Sydney because of a passenger trying to get into the cockpit,

Sky News had the ticker showing the story, while BBC News 24 was showing nowt on this story. And from that promo saying "when it happens it will be here" , Im not impressed!
MA
Marcus Founding member
Larry Scutta posted:
Marcus posted:
I would have thought that 50 thousand of your fellow human beings being brutally killed would be something that concerns everyone on the planet.


Yes, but it's been happening for 6 months. Unless something specific happened yesterday it's not really newsworth enough to make the top slot in the news.


I didn't say it should be. I was more offended by Mr Harvey's comment that anyone who gave any money to help these who are in appalling conditions in Sudan was a fool.

Going back the the topic, I agree it was an poor sense of priorities. The private lives of some footballer is irrelevant. It's gossip and tittle tattle and has no place in a proper News Bulletin.

One of the biggest stories yesterday was the 300 killed in a supermarket fire in Paraguay. This hardly got a mention on domestic news outlets. If they had been North American then the channels would have been rolling for hours.
AP
AdamP
But it's not just about people's private lives any more. It's about officials at the FA being prepared to feed the coach to the press, as long as they don't mention the chief exec. It's about the man who pledged to clean up the FA coming unstuck. And football is the national game, and very important to a lot of people.
KA
Katherine Founding member
freddy posted:
Katherine posted:
Dan posted:
SNAFU.

Pardon?

Situation normal - all f*cked up.

Thanks for the clarification freddy! Much appreciated!
:-(
A former member
Nick Harvey posted:
Genocide and famine in some miscellaneous African country --- situation normal, happens every couple of years and the Beeb try to make news out of it and take all the credit when some fool lobs half-a-crown in the collection bucket.

Bombings in Iraq --- situation normal, wasn't it Rev Dublya of the Church of the Seventh Day Morons who started bombings in Iraq, so why should we be the slightest bit interested now?


These are both really stupid things to say. Regardless of whether it's frequent, genocide isn't something that we should condone...and if an international broadcaster can raise awareness of issues that need to be addressed, all the better for it.

Furthermore, British troops remain in Iraq...and that should be reason enough to pay attention to what happens there.

And, Nick, what have you got against Seventh Day Adventists or devout Christians? By the way, in case you're interested, Bush is not Mormon.
FR
freddy
Katherine posted:
freddy posted:
Katherine posted:
Dan posted:
SNAFU.

Pardon?

Situation normal - all f*cked up.

Thanks for the clarification freddy! Much appreciated!

You're welcome Katherine. I believe the expression originated in the US military.
MN
MarkN Founding member
Phileas Fogg posted:
And, Nick, what have you got against Seventh Day Adventists or devout Christians? By the way, in case you're interested, Bush is not Mormon.


The name "Rev Dubya Bush of the Church of the Later-Day Morons" is used by "Private Eye" magazine:

http://www.private-eye.co.uk/content/showitem.cfm/issue.1110/section.albion
Look at the bottom of the page.

I presume that this is where Nick got the name from.
MA
Marcus Founding member
MarkN posted:
Phileas Fogg posted:
And, Nick, what have you got against Seventh Day Adventists or devout Christians? By the way, in case you're interested, Bush is not Mormon.


The name "Rev Dubya Bush of the Church of the Later-Day Morons" is used by "Private Eye" magazine:

http://www.private-eye.co.uk/content/showitem.cfm/issue.1110/section.albion
Look at the bottom of the page.

I presume that this is where Nick got the name from.


Indeed all his jokes and witticisms are recycled from somewhere
NH
Nick Harvey Founding member
Marcus posted:
Indeed all his jokes and witticisms are recycled from somewhere

Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery, to recycle something once said by somebody far wittier than I.
WI
Wicko
Nick Harvey posted:
Noodle posted:
Second story on tonight's BBC 10 O'Clock News: Genocide in Sudan
Third story: coordinated bombings on Christian churches in Iraq

So what could possibly be more newsworthy than those? Yes, that's right, some bloke in football went to bed with the same woman as some other bloke in football.

I have to say that from a PERSONAL point of view, all three are pretty boring stories.

A load of football people (allegedly) bonking each other --- situation normal, go back to sleep.

Genocide and famine in some miscellaneous African country --- situation normal, happens every couple of years and the Beeb try to make news out of it and take all the credit when some fool lobs half-a-crown in the collection bucket.

Bombings in Iraq --- situation normal, wasn't it Rev Dublya of the Church of the Seventh Day Morons who started bombings in Iraq, so why should we be the slightest bit interested now?


Actually Nick, I am inclined to agree with you. We all know that famines, bombings and genocide goes on in the world and just because we don't hear it on the news does not necessarily mean we don't care. Of course, all these things are terrible and tragic and most humans would be saddened to hear of such tragedy, let alone devastated to see it.

However, it is normal. In those parts of the world it is a sad fact of life that these things occur all the time. Look at Ethiopia, now it's Sudan.

But to put things in perspective and to respond to the national feeling, more people are interested in Svengate than sudan, so the BBC would respond by highlighting the most important news report at the time. After all, reporting about Sudan would be the same whether it was reported today, tomorrow, yesterday or in a minute. Also it does not necessarily warrant headline news as it is a reoccurring story.

So, Nick, as controversial as your post was, and I read it for what it is meant to be, (there is no racial or incriminating tones in it at all): FACT!

Sometimes facts hurt and why should we be pleased it isn't us? That is a daft comment.
Of course if it were us it would be terrible. But third world countries are just that. It is terrible how people live there- to us! We have expectations of how the world should live and if they don't live to those standards we over emphasise the poverty and terrible conditions. If these poor people were not starving then would we worry about Sudan then?

So, the BBC news is right to prioritise in the way they did. There, rant over!

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