Listening to today’s edition of World at One on BBC Radio 4, I was pleased to hear that Ed Miliband had, in the course of Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), raised the issue of Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (an Orwellian title ever there were one, given this man’s proclivities), being a denier of climate change.
My pleasure was short-lived, as the ensuing discussion ignored this hugely significant point to focus on the tone of PMQs and whether it had changed.
Given the overwhelming scientific consensus on the issue of manmade climate change and its extreme importance (please read this Media Lens article), it seems wilfully negligent of BBC Radio 4 to refuse to even acknowledge this elephant in the room. Does the BBC hierarchy side with the deniers? Here’s a little quote from the Media Lens article:
Worse than the aforementioned trolls are the media. Fully captured by corporations and the corporate states, the media continue to dance around the issue of climate change. Occasionally a forthright piece is published, but it generally points in the wrong direction, such as suggesting climate scientists and activists be killed (e.g., James Delingpole’s 7 April 2013 hate-filled article in the Telegraph).
What explanation do you have for the BBC’s behaviour?