I've not seen the programme you've mentioned, but I find it very hard to believe that the BBC, that is legally obliged to be unbiased would transmit pro-Republican, anti-Obama. Googling the term I found the following Panorama programme, What Now Mr. President? This was broadcast in January 2009, and deals with the problems Obama will have to face in introducing Universal Health Care.
My son found the program on BBCitv or whatever it's called - I don't know how to work the thing. Anyway, it's called 'Poor in America' and it was broadcast February 16. I'm assuming it was made recently because its first sentence was: 'This is an election year in America...' and it talked about how much worse the situation has grown under Obama's administration- so it couldn't have been made in 2009.
...but I find it very hard to believe that the BBC, that is legally obliged to be unbiased would transmit pro-Republican, anti-Obama.
I don't find it hard to believe that ANY media organization would not be totally unbiased. I don't think the BBC is the be-all and end-all of honesty and discretion. They present a view just like all media organizations. I don't think they're any better or worse than NPR or Public Television or ABC or NBC - you know - but then I'm not British so I haven't been conditioned to idolize them above any other media outlet.
This was aimed at a British audience, and as such the items covered would be of interest to your viewers. Considering the way the Tories are now starting to introduce American style privatisation into the NHS, we have every right to be concerned. I don't think many people over here are that bothered about how wonderful American Healthcare is for the wealthy, they always do alright.
And this in reference to something I said? If so, what? I don't remember saying anything about this at all.
These scenes did happen, and they are shocking to British eyes, I'm sorry you find it propaganda, but it shows how important the NHS is, and how we need to strive to protect it.
Yeah, just like the scenes that I saw tonight on Alistair Campbells documentary on alcohol use in Britian (by middle class professionals) was shocking to my American eyes. But since I live here, I do know that not ALL British middle-class professionals are winos - unlike the impression I would get if I didn't live here and took the scenes depicted in that documentary as gospel and indicative of the overriding culture of this country.
What I'm saying is, the documentary I watched was very one-sided. It gave a snapshot of a much more layered and nuanced issue. If one were to watch that and didn't know better- they'd think that people in America were either millionaires or bums living on the streets and that there was NO help or hope and nothing in between.
I grew up and lived there and worked primarily with homeless and poor people while I was there, and so know that the picture is less black and white than it was made to appear.
Even the writing was confusing. At one point the woman said, 'Tent cities have sprung up ALL ACROSS AMERICA,' and then in the next sentence she said, 'Outside SEVERAL CITIES IN AMERICA people are living in tents...' okay which is it? I'm an American, and I'm confused by the two images she's presenting. On the one hand, it could mean coast to coast tent cities. On the other hand, it could mean outside of six or seven cities...
I don't know - I'm asking.
And here's a little tidbit you may not be aware of. When a person is released from prison in this country, if they do not have an abode and there is not room in a hostel, they are provided with a tent and sleeping bag in which to live. That's the truth! They have to fill out a form outlining their needs and the first time I read it I asked, 'Wow - they provide camping equipment if you want it?' and the man answered, 'This is for me to live in if I have nowhere else to go and there are no rooms in hostels available.
Now, I could look at that and say, 'How inhumane!' and think that was what British society was or about. But I know the picture is bigger than that and it's not. If I showed that as the overriding ethos of British society - that'd be wrong, biased, untrue and yes - 'propaganda'.
At the end of the day, the picture that was painted by that Panorama was one-sided, but still if I had to be poor, I'd rather be poor in America than alot of other places.
And finally - I am FOR universal healthcare in America and I have no agenda or interest whatsoever in privatizing healthcare in Britain - so again - I have no idea why you're addressing this to me.