What, the BBC has an agenda? Say it ain't so!
After BBC South Asia Correspondent Justin Rowlatt's bias reporting on Kaziranga's "shoot-on-sight" orders. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been banned from filming in India's tiger reserves for five years due to what they call a "misrepresentation of facts."
Today KNP Is The Home To Two-Thirds Of The Planet's One-Horned Rhinos Population (Approximately 2,400). When The BBC Did A So-Called 'Fair And Balanced" Report, They Were Surprised When Their Agenda Driven hit Piece Resulted In A 5 Year Ban And A Call To Have Them Blacklisted.
In Rowlatt's Rowlatt highlighted the government of India's "ruthless" anti-poaching policies.
Suzy snowflake Rowlatt got triggered because 'How dare India value the protection of Rhinos over human's" seemingly oblivious to the fact that these poachers routinely kill men, women and children and cut out the horn of a living rhino mother as its baby cries helplessly watching its mother get butchered.
Rowlatt said "The way the park protects the animals is controversial. Its rangers have been given the kind of powers to shoot and kill normally only conferred on armed forces policing civil unrest."
Rowlatt further whines "At one stage the park rangers were killing an average of two people every month - more than 20 people a year. Indeed, in 2015 more people were shot dead by park guards than rhinos were killed by poachers."
If Wildlife Planet recorded the same exact report, using Rowlatt's same exact words, at the end of the report we would have thrown confetti and added a whoo whoo for a little bit more emphasis.
Somehow, in all his reporting Rowlatt never mentions that these patrols are sent out mostly at night, in pitch blackness (he does show one clip of a patrol at night, but fails to mention this is a normal patrol) and to justify my point of BBC's bias, the report showed more troops during daylight hours, rather than in darkness.
The BBC report throws all logic out the window since it would only be reasonable to assume that when these patrols encounter men in the closed park at 2 am, the chances that these men being tourists are on par with BBC giving a fair and balanced report. It does happen occasionally, but the odds are pretty much the same as you getting struck by lightning.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) found BBC's depiction "grossly erroneous" and called for a mandatory preview of the documentary, when the BBC failed to produce the film, that is when the NTCA announced it's 5-year ban.
The Environment Ministry even recommended that the BBC is blacklisted from all of India's parks. “They [BBC] have misrepresented facts and selectively over-dramatized interviews and old footage, they had an agenda the ministry said.
The BBC stated "We have not received any notification of a ban from the authorities. In fairness, it is tough to see or hear of any ban with your eyes shut, your fingers firmly planted in your ears, and you screaming nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah.
The BBC went on: "The program was a balanced and impartial report, which covered both the successes achieved through India’s conservation policies and the challenges, which includes the impact on communities living next to the parks."
We saw the report (Which you can see as well at the bottom, because unlike the BBC we do give both sides) and I don't think saying 'Here in this village, that lies on the edge of the park, which has no fence and crossing this five foot wide dirt road and stepping one foot into the park there is a "REAL DANGER" of getting shot' Rowlatt made sure to emphasise the words "REAL DANGER"
Unfortunately Rowlatt's whole premise was nothing more than a strawman argument, it is not as if the park ever stated 'Cross this line... you die.' but the BBC gladly ignores facts in order to give validity to their implausible narration.
In our opinion, if the BBC is claiming that is fair and balanced reporting they need to rethink their definition, because that one spot was as balanced as a 500 pound obese social justice warrior being plopped down on the left side of a scale, while a pair of BBC's "Fair and Balanced' knotted up panties sat on the right.
BBC officials were said to be in shock, believing Rowatt saying "Kaziranga is an incredible story of conservation success" should have been enough to evade the ban.
Rowlatt did admit that the park "is an incredible story of conservation success". But just moment's later started crying only one guard was shot, compared to over 100 people shot by the guards. Leaving out of his reporting the fact that most of those 100 shot were, most likely poachers slicing and dicing their way through a Rhino's skull.
Between showing one child who was shot and not even bother asking why a child who looked to be around 7 or 8 was doing wandering around in a park in the middle of the night, when it was a known fact that the guards have a shoot to kill policy. Rowlatt stated as fact that the surrounding villages are aware how ruthless the park rangers are, so it would have been nice to ask the father "Why was your son in the park, in the middle of the night?"
Rowlatt later interviews another family who lost his son in similar circumstances, but this time Rowlatt somehow had the foresight to ask this exact question that he overlook when interviewing the 7-year-old boy and his father.
The father claimed his boy was stupid in the head and may have been chasing a stray cow, but he was dirt poor and could not hire a lawyer. It was kind of strange seeing this father who was Dirt Poor, wearing a navy blue blazer, a white button-down shirt, with light blue slacks, and the well-co-ordinated outfit was all brought together with a very chic red scarf. Damn! For an uneducated, insolvent moron, I must confess he does have incredible fashion sense.
Rowlatt also trotted out Sophie Grig of survival international to relate to the audience the evils of killing poachers, but what is interesting is the fact that Ms. Grig seemed to have had no problem when this remote Jarawa tribe killed a poacher who entered their lands, to kill the tribe's food source.
When a Rhino horn is worth more than diamonds or gold and countries are too squeamish to actually tell China to put a stop to their VooDoo medicine trade, then we are left with only one recourse. "Shoot first and screw asking any questions later"
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