The unmentionables
Aug 24, 2015
Bishop Hill in BBC, Bureaucrats

The BBC's decision to part company with the Met Office has provoked a great deal of comment over the weekend (and a cartoon or two as well). Returning to my desk this morning I expected that the story would have run out of legs, but it has just been given a new lease of life via the Today programme.

I've attached the audio file below. Justin Webb was discussing possible reasons for the the BBC's decision and he mentioned that some people had suggested that this might have something to do with the Met Office's stance on climate change. Given that the BBC is now arguably rather more alarmist than the Met Office, however, this seems somewhat counterintuitive.

To be fair it was just a throwaway comment, the aural equivalent of clickbait, and at least one bottom feeder has swallowed it whole.

Predictably bogus claim by @JustinOnWeb on @BBCr4today that BBC may have ditched @metoffice over climate change. Pure 'sceptic' propaganda.

— Bob Ward (@ret_ward) August 24, 2015

It is about time @BBCr4today had a clear out of its dinosaur presenters who promote the propaganda of climate change 'sceptics'.

— Bob Ward (@ret_ward) August 24, 2015

Stand back and admire, gentle readers, the majesty of a public-funded bureaucrat demanding that a public-funded journalist lose his job because he merely mentioned the existence of views that the bureaucrat found distasteful. What a shameful place the London School of Economics has become.

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