Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Obama: The disaster starts here

Having just watched the 10pm news, it's time for me to publicly criticise the BBC for the second time in 24 hours.

Throughout their coverage of the candidate selection, election campaign, the election itself and the period up to today, it seems the Beeb has regarded Obama almost like a god. Never have I seen a "public service broadcaster" so overwhelmingly one sided in political coverage than its attitude towards Barack Obama.

Think back to how, for instance, World Youth Day events have been covered by the BBC. Among the hundreds of thousands of worshippers, journalists seek out (or are probably told to find, or even muster up themselves) the handful of protesters wielding condoms, "women's right to choose" and "Catholic Church is homophobic" banners and the like. Now consider how today's inauguration was covered by the BBC. Mass hysteria, presenters smiling with glee and appearing to get emotional, not a hint or mention of any negative Obama comments. And we know there are plenty around, even at today's event.

On Newsnight, a climate change feature said Bush "didn't listen to scientists" but that Obama does. It was as if he was being wheeled out as some kind of saviour, superhero of the planet. A dangerous approach. It seems Obama is set to use the (bad) science excuse to extinguish the lives of millions of human embryos through his expected support and funding of unethical stem cell research.

Obama had barely got off the podium after uttering the last words of his speech when the White House website was transformed from being largely pro-life to completely pro-abortion. Gone is any mention of the Sanctity of Human Life Day, extraordinarily established by President Bush as one of his last acts. Instead, Obama states his clear intent to make abortions even more available.

"President Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Administration [sic]," the Obama White House site says. There's also a promotion of the new president's view that Americans should be forced to pay for embryonic stem cell research.

In his speech, the new president said: "The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness." All except the unborn, it seems...

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