We've all heard of "sensitivity training" to inculcate politically correct attitudes among the independent minded. Does this kind of propaganda change hearts and minds or merely condition people to keep their opinions to themselves? A good question for the BBC as they attempt to raise employees' sensitivity to politically incorrect views, as Brit Hume reports in his "Political Grapevine":
The BBC, meanwhile, is sending thousands of its staff to classes on impartiality and balance. Participants say the two-hour seminars aim to encourage reporters and producers to think outside a left-leaning liberal mentality and reflect a broader range of views in their work.
According to London's Sunday Times -- owned by the parent company of this network -- BBC officials hope the seminars will prevent another political storm like the one last year, when the BBC was denounced for erroneously claiming the British government had "sexed up" pre-war intelligence on Iraq. In an email to its staff, the BBC says "We owe it to an increasingly skeptical audience to re-examine our core journalistic beliefs."
Wonder of wonders. They seem to have acknowledged their own bias and determined to do something about it before they lose the rest of their audience. Let's see if it works.