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Insult to our intelligence

I am not told what to report by the BBC and I am not forbidden from reporting certain things.

But as the treatment of Dr David Bellamy has made clear, if one does happen to stray from the BBC orthodoxy the road to Coventry is very short, very steep, and very very slippery.


  1. JuliaM says:

    Sir David Bellamy! I bet a lot of people are asking ‘Who he?’.

    Once never off our TV. Now cast into the wilderness.

  2. CountingCats says:

    I got to admit, I never warmed to the good doctor. I always thought he was a bit of a buffoon, regardless of his credentials. However, that aside, to have been dropped by the state broadcaster because they found his scientific conclusions to conflict with the politically required opinions leaves an extremely sour taste in my mouth. For a BBC spokesmouth to claim this doesn’t happen is equally foul.

  3. RAB says:

    But Cats, all our science guys have been a bit buffoonish havent they? It’s practically a BBC rule!
    Look at Patrick Moore (never even went to University by the way) or Magnus Pike.

    David Bellamy was hugely popular because he seemed like a normal bloke, albeit with a strangulated way of talking, and a real passion for his subject.

    I went looking for Lenny Henry doing his impersonation of him, but couldn’t find it.
    But came across this instead. Good for RTE to give him an airing, unlike the BBC who cant have populist commentators telling the truth can they?

  4. Pogo says:

    IIRC the same happened to Dr David Whitehouse, who was, I think, an astrophysicist but became an unperson after making rather sceptical comments about AGW.

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