Monday, March 12, 2012

If, after seven years of reading Newsround Blog, anyone still doubted that the BBC does not treat LGBT people fairly, any doubt must surely have been dispelled yesterday.

As Catholics were getting ready for church services yesterday morning they might have had time to catch a news report at the start of the Andrew Marr Show preparing the ground for the sermon they would hear in church. Throughout the day BBC reporting was so one-sided that the channel had more in common with Fox News than a UK public service broadcaster.

The final straw which brought Newsround Blog into existence was Newsround's failure to report what was, in 2005, a significant move towards the goal of equality - civil partnerships. Since then it has become very clear that BBC bosses believe virtually anything gay-related is inappropriate for children.

And why would they have that belief?

The inevitable conclusion is that, as far as the BBC is concerned, Catholic doctrine is accepted: gay people are "intrinsically disordered" and therefore not deserving of equal rights.

Thankfully all main political parties in the UK do believe in equality.

It will be interesting to find out whether all the BBC's LGBT staff and "BBC Pride" are content to put up with the Corporation's bigotry. Perhaps famous lesbian newsreader Jane Hill, who publicly came out just after the Should homosexuals face execution? furore, would like to clarify in the next edition of Ariel.

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