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POLITICS: BBC Encouraged Anti-Conservative Hecklers

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posted on Apr, 25 2005 @ 11:54 PM
The BBC has been accused of actively encouraging hecklers to protest a Michael Howard election campaign meeting. Tories say they discovered that the hecklers were working with the BBC when they noticed the cameras focused on the them instead of Howard and discovered hidden microphones carried by the protesters. The state-owned media giant is defending its actions by claiming they were filming a documentary about hecklers, A History of Heckling, and other political parties were also being targeted.
The BBC was last night plunged into a damaging general election row after it admitted equipping three hecklers with microphones and sending them into a campaign meeting addressed by Michael Howard, the Conservative leader.

The Tories have made an official protest after the hecklers, who were given the microphones by producers, were caught at a party event in the North West last week. Guy Black, the party's head of communications, wrote in a letter to Helen Boaden, the BBC's director of news, that the hecklers began shouting slogans that were "distracting and clearly hostile to the Conservative Party".

These included "Michael Howard is a liar", "You can't trust the Tories" and "You can only trust Tony Blair".

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

This is an incredible thing for a "news" agency to do. It looks like the bias at the BBC is coming out even more blatantly in the days leading up to the UK election. It kind of reminds of CBS's shenanigans in last year's U.S. election.

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[edit on 4/26/2005 by djohnsto77]

posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 09:40 AM
try actually doing a bit of research on the story or better still actually watch the program!

The heckler in question was a TV Porgramme about the lost art of political hecklers and the history of it. It is not as you claim biased in the least as if you had actually bothered to find out anything about the program you would have seen that it wasn't just michael howard being heckled, the hecklers were also present at Labour and Lib Den events. The heckling of michael howard was a very small part of the program and if you had seen it you would have seen that the hecklers were more than drowned out by the PA and noone heard what they were saying anyway. It was hardly undercover as the Camera was clearly visible and the microphones were just so that they could be recorded for the TV program.

How you could possibly ever compare the BBC to the US media is beyond belief.

posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 11:19 AM
Man if I could vote for this article now I would vote NO:BIAS instantly...
Picking out one part of a program and making it look as if the BBC went out of it's way to target the Tories is just plain dishonest

Question did you actually watch the show djohnsto77? Or did you just pick up an article and run with it seeking to push your own agenda?

[edit on 26-4-2005 by sardion2000]

posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 01:48 PM
I doubt either of you have seen the program either since according to the article it says it still is being edited as of two days ago!

The source article also says:

However, The Telegraph has established that none of Tony Blair's meetings was infiltrated or disrupted in similar fashion.

posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 02:28 PM

The state-owned media giant is defending its actions by claiming they were filming a documentary about hecklers, A History of Heckling, and other political parties were also being targeted.

If they were motivating and helping them, then thats one thing. If they were, say, asking them to 'heckle' a party, then thats creating news more than reporting on it.

But filming them and micing them? Who cares. Who cares about heckling anyway?

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