Nonsensical Guardian remains enemy of a free press
Our view is that outside the Common Law there should be no restrictions at all on a free media. That means an end to all forms of licensing for broadcast media, including a scrapping of the BBC licence. But the Guardian is an enemy of the open society
It isn't easy to make sense of the Guardian's Sunday sister paper, the Observer, on press regulation in the UK. But in today's editorial there is one line that stands out:
"We need more pro-active, durable press regulation built on a bedrock of consensus."
Oh, yes, that liberal-establishment "consensus" of leftist "values" that dominates the British media. And that line, above, was what their editor chose to highlight for the editorial in question.
Do read what the anti-freedom Leftist press is saying.
But, essentially it comes down to preserving a liberal-Left status quo -- hence the ludicrously disproportianate, and cliched, attacks on Rupert Murdoch that we have been subjected to for years. Meanwhile, the grossest violator of balance in Britain is the state funded BBC -- effectively the broadcasting arm of the Guardian. The Leveson inquiry into press regulation didn't even touch that issue.
Our view is that outside the Common Law there should be no restrictions at all on a free media. That means an end to all forms of licensing for broadcast media, including a scrapping of the BBC licence. If you want to set up a radio or TV station, a free society should allow you to do it, without begging, without vast amounts of money, and without agreeing to a Leftist agenda which, de facto, is now the case.
If newspapers or text-based media do things that you disagree with, then refer to a US-style "Article 1" of the Bill of Rights, whereby those in positions of power or access to their own or others' media go right ahead and set the record straight, if they can be bothered. If it's a common man or woman, he or she has greater access to the courts.
But, freedom is what it is, and that means that sometimes you have to shrug off something you don't like, and move on.
Overall, the position of the British Left (which dominates the UK discourse) is that we cannot be allowed an American style free media.
We disagree. We think we should be allowed that. All freedom minded people must surely agree.
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