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FILE- In this Thursday, March 28, 2013 file photo, people watch from inside BBC’s New Broadcasting House, as BBC journalists and technical staff on strike, not seen, form a picket line outside the building in central London. The publicly funded BBC has published the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters, revealing that its best-paid star, radio host Chris Evans, earns more than 2.2 million pounds ($2.9 million) a year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

I’m not a fan of the BBC. There was a time when I watched almost nothing but British television but then the network became so woke that even my favorite British show, Doctor Who, became an unwatchable mess of social justice messaging.

Yet, despite the fact that it’s clearly a leftist organization, the British Broadcasting Corporation has proved that it places more value on ethical journalism than many American media outlets. While that’s not saying much, it’s still worthy of praise.

According to The Sun, the BBC has banned Black Lives Matter badges. The report notes that the reason is because the network has recognized BLM as a campaign that has hijacked George Floyd’s death for political reasons:

Senior sources have told the newspaper bosses have decided to stop presenters wearing the “visual symbols of support”.

They added: “The BBC cannot be seen to support any kind of cause over another, and Black Lives Matter is certainly a campaign,” the BBC source said.

“Therefore we wouldn’t want anyone on-screen to be wearing visual symbols of support.

“Our presenters and guests can discuss Black Lives Matter, and we’ve reported on it in depth. We’re not impartial about racism.

“But wearing badges on screen – just as with any other campaign – would be a step too far.”

A BBC spokesperson said: “It is long established that BBC broadcasters and journalists don’t tend to wear campaign insignia and badges, and absolutely nothing about that principle has changed.”

The Sun reported that network believed it went too far specifically after it began promoting the defunding of police and began issuing “free Palestine” messages.

For our American networks, these are considered applause-worthy positions.

Sky News anchors are openly following suit.

“I just don’t agree with some of the points of that movement – specifically the defunding of the police and the anti-capitalist points are things I do not agree with,” said Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier who said he didn’t want to show support for the far-left.

While it’s impossible to say that the BBC is absolved of any guilt due to bias, it is refreshing to see mainstream journalists stand up and say they’re not willing to go so far as to promote socialism and defund the police. Many mainstream journalists in the United States are so scared of the outrage mob that they go to great lengths to appease them.

In fact, they’ve been seen recently trying to straight-up protect Black Lives Matter from valid criticisms as Don Lemon proved on Monday night when attempting to argue against actor Terry Crews. As my colleague Streiff detailed, Lemon was willing to argue with Crews’ message that black lives should matter in all situations, not just particular ones, which Lemon, backed into a corner, ended up arguing that not all black lives should matter.

If American media had any sense then it would, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, take some tips from the British and learn that there is a line that needs to be drawn. Not just ethically, but morally. Our mainstream media, with few exceptions, is more than willing to say outlandish things in an effort to push agendas and ratings.

The BBC, most surprisingly, isn’t willing to go past a certain line, which I can respect. However, its destruction of Doctor Who still makes it one of the worst networks on the planet.

Brandon Morse
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