It is rather interesting that the biggest problem the passengers camping in Heathrow Airport were having wasn’t the lack of flights, food or featherbeds but the complete absence of reliable information from staff. None of the passengers had any idea whether their flights were cancelled, postponed or boarding. The same thing happened last night to me, standing on an icy platform of a large East London station. I was wondering where all the trains were gone that were promised on the information board, as no cancellations were announced, when a northern, grumpy voice said over the tannoy:
“There will no main line services running until 9pm. Main Line services after 9 pm will be running sporadically and will be severely overcrowded. There is no guarantee that any trains will be running at all, though”.
Fortunately I knew that my particular train was running on a branch line, but all the punters around me just shook their head and didn’t understand any of this. I just hope that they haven’t ended as icicles on a train platform in East London.
So James Murdoch, viceroy of Rupert here in Britain accuses the BBC of Orwellian methods:
“As Orwell foretold, to let the state enjoy a near-monopoly of information is to guarantee manipulation and distortion”.
I don’t know whether to have a hearty guffaw or seriously question the chap’s grasp on reality. As part of the world’s largest peddler of mixed media (Internet: check (myspace). Print media: check (The Times, The Sun, etc). TV: check (Fox, Sky). Film Production: check (20th century Fox), this conglomerate has the power like no other to shape opinions and news (as very obvious from their use of Fox News and the Sun as propagandistic tools).
So who is he to criticize the BBC? I rather have ‘state sponsored news’ than Fox News.