Chopping Truth to Bits

Top BBC factual series including Rough Justice face axe | Media |

The old adage says that truth is the first casualty of war. The new adage might say that truth is the first casualty of the profit motive, too. The absurd obsession with cutting costs and maximizing profits has already decimated an entire generation of journalists and transformed many venerable news sources into mere instruments of propaganda. Does the BBC’s elimination of its most expensive program and reputedly its best investigative program put BBC News on the same road to irrelevance that American commercial news broadcasts have been traveling for the past two decades?

Perish the thought.

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