November 8, 2017
Tucker is now officially too edgy for britcucks.
The British government is abandoning all pretense at being a free country.
Just a few days ago, I reported on the fact that “unfriendliness” and “dislike” can now be considered “hate crimes” in the UK. I ended the report with the following line:
Now that the British police has been transformed from a law-enforcement agency to a thought-control unit, what’s the next step? Unfortunately, I have a feeling we’ll find out soon enough.
Unfortunately, the “next step” came way earlier than I expected.
The government is now cracking down on mild criticism of state policies by major media corporations. I other words, Britain is now officially has China-tier control over criticism of the government.
This is completely nuts.
Rumors suggest the UK may also be adopting Chinese-style “segway police” as well.
The media regulator Ofcom has ruled that the Fox News programmes Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight breached impartiality rules covering British broadcasting.
The rulings relate to coverage of the Manchester Arena bombing in May and Donald Trump’s executive order in January that restricted travel to the US from seven majority-Muslim countries.
In Britain, “impartiality” means you have to remind people of the state’s official propaganda line anytime you dare utter any criticism.
The new “honest reporting” is something like this:
“While some report that women are getting raped by Moslems in the street non-stop, we assure you that everything is perfectly fine, as per the latest government survey.”
An episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight on 25 May, days after the Manchester terrorist attack, accused the British government and authorities of failing to counter terrorism, stop radicalisation and protect “thousands of underage girls” from rape and abuse.
It included claims that authorities failed to act because of political correctness and because they valued how people saw them over the lives of children. They were accused of forcing an “official lie” on citizens that was “totalitarian” and “wicked”.
Ofcom’s ruling concluded there was “no reflection of the views of the UK government or any of the authorities or people criticised” and the presenter “did not challenge the views of his contributors; instead, he reinforced their views.”
A TV presenter has to challenge his guests if they criticize the government.
L I T E R A L L Y.
We’re hitting levels of 1984 that shouldn’t even be possible.
Ofcom found the programme breached rules 5.9, 5.11 and 5.12 of the British broadcasting code. These relate to adequate representation of alternative views on discussions programmes, due impartiality on matters of major political or industrial controversy, and including a wide range of significant views when dealing with major political or industrial controversy.
The programme included criticism of Theresa May, Beverley Hughes, the deputy mayor of Manchester, and Ian Hopkins, the chief constable of Greater Manchester police, as well as the government and authorities in general.
The watchdog said of the programme: “Ofcom considered that viewers were likely to have expected the programme to comment critically on various political targets, which in this case included the UK government and UK authorities more generally. However, we considered that these contextual factors were not sufficient to remove the need for the programme to also reflect significant alternative viewpoints, and treat these with due weight.”
This, of course, is complete nonsense. No one is going to get censored for agreeing with the government one-sidedly. This “impartiality” rule only applies to speech the government doesn’t like, which in this case apparently includes any and all criticism of the state.
How can they think this is a good idea? The panic is palpable. The government is so afraid of the population, that they feel any little criticism could make the whole system come crashing down. Do they really think they can start applying these kinds of totalitarian policies and keep claiming to be a “free society” with a straight face?
The UK is now a de-facto police state, where free speech is completely and utterly abolished.