Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldtonight/2010/04/the_world_tonight_at_40.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldtonight/2010/04/the_world_tonight_at_40.html en-gb 30 Wed 28 Jan 2015 10:15:34 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldtonight/2010/04/the_world_tonight_at_40.html MarcusAureliusII http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldtonight/2010/04/the_world_tonight_at_40.html?page=66#comment2 The standards of BBC journalism have sunk steadily over recent years to where it is unrecognizable compared to what it once was. It has become an advocate, not a journalist anymore. There is a very big difference. Journalism is a reporting of facts, advocacy is an expression of opinion. The expression of opinion in a journal is reserved for an "editor's page." In BBC's concept of journalism, opinion is so enmeshed in the reporting of facts that it is often difficult to parse them out. When analysis of facts is benefitted by opinion, then it is the journalist's obligation to present the best informed opinions on all sides of an issue objectively, dispassionately and even handedly. BBC does not do that. Where journalism is enhanced by interviews, the journalist should present those individuals who are in the best position to express a point of view and elicit it from them, not debate them putting them on the defensive if it doesn't agree with them, not giving them a free platform to orate if it does. BBC doesn't do that either. A good journalist also gives pertinent background information that allows his audience to put a story in as complete a context as possible. BBC doesn't do that either.BBC's reporters often write in a literary style, not a journalistic style. Here's an example;from;http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8607802.stm"By hiding your face, Mrs Badinter explains as she sips a small black coffee in her elegant apartment in Paris, you breach the principle of equality." Why does it matter to the story that the woman quoted was sipping coffee or that she had an elegant apartment? And why is that inserted in a sentence breaking up her thought? Questionable literature, awful journalism. It breaches the principles of jouralism, reporting the pertinent facts clearly, completely, and concisely.As someone whose expectations of excellent journalism were formed many decades ago by the New York Times when it was a respectable newspaper, the current performance of BBC as a journalist leaves more than a lot to be desired. Frankly it often just plain stinks. Thu 08 Apr 2010 13:19:30 GMT+1 baytrees http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldtonight/2010/04/the_world_tonight_at_40.html?page=33#comment1 I really enjoyed Monday night's Birthday Special. Well done to whoever was responsible. It was very good - thank you. Tue 06 Apr 2010 21:59:54 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldtonight/2010/04/the_world_tonight_at_40.html?page=0#comment0 Robin:Happy Anniversary to World Tonight! Sat 03 Apr 2010 03:54:34 GMT+1