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The BBC has institutionalised a culture of knocking institutions.

So ingrained in the culture is this philosophy that David Dimbleby on the Today programme could not help but throw a bit more mud in the direction of Lord McAlpine. He did not need to but it was a pavlovian response. He is conditioned to Aunty's culture.

For some strange reason, he also said that loyal employees in the BBC went beyond the call of duty in doing things without pay.

Of course, in the real world Mr Dimbleby, ordinary people do this all the time. Yes, even people who work in banks, politics and childcare.

The knocking culture is so engrained, the holier than thou self image is so well established that the BBC establishment and its sticky sweet presenters with a barb in every sentence can't see what happens in the real world.

Many times in the last 20 years the BBC has in my personal experience wantonly damaged companies and in one instance was a contributor in the loss of hundreds of jobs in British manufacturing and the wrongful imprisonment of company directors. The odd slur here, the mud thrown there, all in the name of 'balance' but now a culture across much of the organisation, irrespective of damage.

Such is the nation's misplaced trust in the fallibility of the BBC that few would dream of taking the corporation to task and the power of the Corporation is such that if one did, the cost and the long memory of institutional hurt would scar a career forever.

And here's the rub, which radio programme competes with morning news in the UK? This institution is also a monopoly.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9768000/9768606.stm
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