The Demagogue’s Favorite Amplifier

The British Broadcasting Corporation, known to all as the BBC, began life back in 1922 under the guiding hand of John (later Lord) Reith. It has operated continuously ever since, funded almost entirely by the British taxpayer with an initial charter to “inform, educate, and entertain.”

The supposed raison d’etre of the BBC was to provide higher quality programming than mere commercial enterprises would deliver. This…