I was a little foolish when first viewing the BBC 28Gate scandal. I foolishly thought that it would garner some attention. The BBC, as an impartial broadcaster in principle, neglecting to follow those standards would be of interest in the rest of the media. By the time I wrote my post on the subject of 28Gate, I had shifted my opinion.
In particular, I wrote about ‘right thinking’ people, the group mentality of the media that agrees that all right thinking people will agree on point x, y or z. So, there is a real scandal at the BBC, and one that is in its broader implications is more worrying than the Jimmy Saville affair. Nevertheless, the abandonment of impartiality by the BBC makes no news traction. The problem is that so many media outlets are following the same path. All ‘right thinking’ people know that humans are destroying the planet, so the BBC has done no wrong.
In the echo-chamber of right thinking, the actions of the BBC in abandoning impartiality on the issue of climate change is justified. ‘So what?’ is the silent cry. Who cares that they did so on the basis of a meeting largely comprised of activists. They were right, because all ‘right thinking’ people agree, and it does not matter what the source of the justification of the BBC might be. As long as they are ‘right thinking’, that is all well and good. For a couple of days, I scanned the news waiting to see if the story would break. I guessed it would not. It did not. Instead, a few of the usual suspects, and I mean usual suspects in a positive way here, published condemnations of the BBC. Overall, the story has fizzled out.
That is the tragedy. That ‘right thinking’ might see such a story buried. We agree, so we ignore the faults. Never mind journalistic and editorial integrity, as long as it is about right thinking, that is enough.