Thursday, February 16, 2006

BBC News attempt to associate neo-fascism and racism with the Right

In Nazi deportees speak to Di Canio, one can read the following.
The BBC's Christian Fraser, in Rome, says Di Canio has become the darling of the neo-fascist right.
The use of the term “neo-fascist right” is an unsubtle attempt to stigmatise the Right, given that neo-fascism is undeniably a far right movement.

In the same article, the below paragraph also appears.
Lazio fans have a reputation as some of the most racist, right-wing fans in Italy.
This attempt at vilifying the Right is even more obvious than the one above, the article’s author trying to associate “racist” with “right-wing” by implying that the “most racist” are the “most right-wing”. There is a difference between the position on the political spectrum — from, say, centre-right to far right — and the degree of identification with a position on that spectrum — for example, vehement support for right-wing politics (conservatism or libertarianism) or more moderate centre-right views. “Most right-wing” should be understood as “most supportive of small government and free market”, not “furthest right” as the article’s author implies.

There is also the saddening possibility that, as a commenter over at Biased BBC once wrote, on the political spectrum inside the “BBC bubble”, the centre is in reality the left and the far right, what is actually the right.


Blogger Charles Martel said...

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7:54 pm  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

darn. i wish there was editing of comments. i did a typo. here goes again:
"There is also the saddening possibility that, as a commenter over at Biased BBC once wrote, on the political spectrum inside the “BBC bubble”, the centre is in reality the left and the right, what is actually the far right."

slight correction. i think i said that in the bbc bubble, the "centre" is in reality the left, whilst the "far right" , is in reality just the right.

for example, the bbc thinks that Cameron's conservative party is "right wing" - when in reality its actually quite centrist and no different to a lot of centrist Christian Democrat parties in Europe.

7:55 pm  
Blogger Grumpy Troll said...

Thank you for correcting that erroneous statement, islamophobic.

I believe that former Conservative MP Norman Tebbit put it best, likening David Cameron to Pol Pot "intent on purging even the memory of Thatcherism before building a New Modern Compassionate Green Globally Aware Party". I wonder how the BBC can perceive Cameron as right-wing — he is the leader of the Conservative Party and not even a conservative!

5:27 am  
Blogger Alison said...

Well observed, great post. I think the BBC warmed to the Tories slimy (green) manifesto. That maybe they are feeling quite smug that they can push politics the way they want by the merest mention of 'right wing' - to which the current Tories leap and sqeal. I bet the BBC are lovin it.

10:36 pm  
Blogger The Pedant-General in Ordinary said...


Interesting that you use the term "libertarian" here. This should give you a clue as to why the BBC is ALWAYS wrong on this: they have no concept of the political compass and the fact that there are TWO axes: economic freedom (the traditional left/right divide) and SOCIAL Freedom (broadly libertarianism vs authoritarianism). The "far right"/fascist etc may be economically right (though this is far from certain) but are steadfastly authoritarian as far as the social axis goes. In the BBC's mind there is no room for the most sensible position - that of true libertarianism that advocates both economic (right wing) AND social freedom (which they seem to reserve exclusively for the left wingers).

My concern with this article is that the fascists are not really right wing at all: most have distinctly statist/socialist economic views.

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9:13 am  

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