I feel like this goes here, as the Beeb has become so political, in all senses of the word:
I mean, not a moment too soon, because Hall is a total wanker, and he continued to prove how utterly delusional he is with his leaving speech, featuring this gem:
I mean wow. Talk about out-of-touch-with-reality. The BBC lost “gold standard” status years ago, and BBC news has been in decline in quality since it switched to being a 24-hour news channel in what, the early 2000s?
Particularly gallingly insane is the claim of being “impartial” and representing “truth”. They are absolutely not “impartial”, merely “inconsistent”, which is a very different thing. Tony Hall has repeatedly defended BBC news on the basis that they get complaints from the left and the right, so must be doing fine (he literally used that argument, I’m barely paraphrasing), which is a total and utter logical fallacy of the most childish kind. In reality, BBC news, particularly under him and his immediate predecessors, has become a morass of biased journalists and departments. These journalists may contradict each other with their biases, and may in some cases, merely be incompetent or incapable of doing the job, rather than intentionally biased, but the end result is the same - a huge of amount of extremely partisan and yes, quite “fake”, news comes directly out of the BBC.
Laura Kuenssberg is the poster-child for Hall’s take on the BBC, and Hall’s idea of “impartiality”, a 1%-er from generations of wealth and privilege, who despite the best possible education, contacts, and being 43 (so neither so young nor so old that she has the slightest excuse for any kind of credulity), absolutely constantly and reliably misreports outright lies as facts, and breaking journalistic ethics as it suits her, fairly consistently causing harm to the Labour party, most recently with insane lies told by a Tory activist which she reported as gospel truth.
And this is the BBC that didn’t stop constantly putting Nigel Lawson on whenever climate change was discussed, so he could mindlessly dismiss it and collect a paycheck at the same time, and didn’t stop until they repeatedly lost challenges on impartiality, and had to apologise multiple times, finally agreeing that they shouldn’t put on climate change deniers only in 2018, less than two years ago! And this ass is crowing about “truth”? Good god.
To me the whole “impartiality” of the BBC represents a fundamental delusional of liberal society, which is that if you put on a truthful person and a lunatic or liar, and give them equal time and treat them as equally sane (which is a lie in itself), the truthful person will always been listened to, and no harm will be done by the lunatic or liar, and thus it’s fine to put on anti-vaxxers or climate change deniers or the like. Yet they clearly know it doesn’t really work like that, because they don’t put on “the other side” on every issue. So it’s even worse.