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Also from the London Spectator, an interesting article on how, by narrowing the definition of what is considered ‘legitimate’ opinion, the BBC is contributing to the erosion of free debate within the UK. The article is, naturally, focused on Britain, but some of it will sound a little, well, familiar to viewers of CBS, ABC and NBC news programming, such as this comment, for example:

“The BBC’s world view starts in the liberal centre and condemns alternative perspectives as mad. The BBC… treats the rigid new orthodoxy of the militant centre as an absolute, not an average. More peculiarly, it characterises it as moderate and fails to perceive that this, too, is a form of intolerant extremism, shorn of ideology but not of menace. “


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