I listen to the Today Programme on Radio 4 most mornings. I don't know why because most of the time the presenters are led by their corporate guests around the radio dance floor in an American Smooth of a shuffle in which corporate Britain (political and business wings) soft-steps its destructive profiteering lies into the hearts and minds of a million bleary-eyed morning-malleable numbskulls. I'm one of them.
But George Monbiot put it so much better in this article in yesterday's Guardian, so this is what he said...
For example, for five days every week the BBC’s Today programme starts with a business report in which only insiders are interviewed. They are treated with a deference otherwise reserved for God on Thought for the Day. There’s even a slot called Friday Boss, in which the programme’s usual rules of engagement are set aside and its reporters grovel before the corporate idol. Imagine the outcry if Today had a segment called Friday Trade Unionist or Friday Corporate Critic.
This, in my view, is a much graver breach of BBC guidelines than giving unchallenged airtime to one political party but not others, as the bosses are the people who possess real power: those, in other words, whom the BBC has the greatest duty to accost. Research conducted by the Cardiff school of journalism shows that business representatives now receive 11% of airtime on the BBC’s 6 o’clock news (this has risen from 7% in 2007), while trade unionists receive 0.6% (which has fallen from 1.4%)(14). Balance? Impartiality? The BBC puts a match to its principles every day.
And where, beyond the Green Party, Plaid Cymru, a few ageing Labour backbenchers, is the political resistance? After the article I wrote last week, about the grave threat the transatlantic trade and investment partnership presents to parliamentary sovereignty and democratic choice(15), several correspondents asked me what response there has been from the Labour party. It’s easy to answer: nothing.
But then she said, "what are you talking about. You have an amazing community of people out there. That is your community. You see new work that you love and admire, you're always talking about these amazing photographers and their ways of working and you talk about it and write about it and get inspired by it. It gives you hope."
And she was right. It was a counterbalance to things like the Today Programme and the voices that I read and hear are counterbalances to the hypocrisy and greed evident on the Today Programme. So even though Hope is a terrible thing in its way, she was right. So in a bid to up the negativity ratio, thank you to all the people on Blogs, on Twitter, on Facebook, on every last shitty 0.7-second-attention span corner of the internet - if you're not a mouthpiece for the corporate world, if you're not spouting hatred and bile, if you're using it Right and sending out a message of goodness and love, God Bless you one and all.