Owen Jones tells us that some views simply cannot be allowed:
Yet Question Time then saw fit to clip the 82 seconds of hate, accompanied by a succinct summary of the audience member’s rant. Lies and hatred, uncorrected and unchallenged, rippled across social media from the account of the BBC’s self-described “flagship political debate programme”. At the time of writing, the video had been viewed more than 2 million times. By sharing the video, the BBC seemed to imply that this wasn’t racism – it was simply someone’s opinion, for us to agree or disagree with, in much the same way that we might debate the top rate of tax, or whether the railways should be renationalised. Who’s to say who is right and who is wrong? This was just another valid perspective to roam free in the marketplace of ideas – or such was the implication.
“We should completely close the borders … enough is enough”
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) February 20, 2020
Well, yes Owen. And here’s the thing. You know, this free speech thing. As long as it’s not libellous and not an immediate – the immediate is very important here – incitement to violence then people get to say whatever comes into their pretty little heads.
That is, racists, bigots, sexists, they all have that free speech too. Why, even people who disagree with Owen Jones get that right too.
And guess what? When everyone has to pay into the BBC through the taxation system – which is what the licence fee is – then everyone’s views also righteously get an airing on the BBC.
A broadcaster that only airs approved by Owen Jones views is one which should be paid for by Owen Jones alone.