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The Noble Liar

How and why the BBC distorts the news to promote a liberal agenda

Robin Aitken

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Biteback Publishing
19 May 2020
Politics & government; Media, information & communication industries
Fully updated Mass Market Paperback edition of the bestselling polemic about perceived media bias To some, it is the voice of the nation, yet to others it has never been clearer that the BBC is in the grip of an ideology that prevents it reporting fairly on the world. Many have been scandalised by its pessimism on Brexit and its one-sided presentation of the Trump presidency, whilst simultaneously amused by its outrage over 'fake news'.

Robin Aitken, who himself spent twenty-five years working for the BBC as a reporter and executive, argues that the Corporation needs to be reminded that what is 'fake' rather depends on where one is standing. From where his feet are planted, the BBC's own coverage of events often looks decidedly peculiar, peppered with distortions, omissions and amplifications tailored to its own liberal agenda.

This punchy polemic galvanises the debate over how our licence-fee money is spent, and asks whether the BBC is a fair arbiter of the news, or whether it is a conduit for pervasive and institutional liberal left-wing bias 'Bias in the news is dismally, but brilliantly, adumbrated in a new book by Robin Aitken, a BBC staffer for more than twenty-five years. Aitken, sick to the back teeth of the partisan nature of the Corporation's news coverage, concludes that the BBC has whether through carelessness or hubris given up any pretence of impartiality, preferring instead to promulgate its philosophically asinine world view.' - Sunday Times
By:   Robin Aitken
Imprint:   Biteback Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781785906008
ISBN 10:   1785906003
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   19 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robin Aitken is a former BBC reporter and journalist who spent twenty-five years working across all levels within the Corporation, from local radio to the Today programme. He is the author of Can We Trust the BBC? (Continuum, 2007) and the co-founder of the Oxford Foodbank, for which he was awarded an MBE in 2014 in recognition of his work. He is married with two daughters and lives in Oxford.

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