BBC Hype And Lies Were Believed
They got away with selling this fairy story but this one one was space filler rather than political and malicious. The BBC has long been taken over by Marxists; Entryism is their technique. They are promoting Cultural Genocide and very successful they are too.
BBC Hype And Lies Were Believed
There are people who believe the BBC. I am not one of them. They sold this story to the unsuspecting and it worked. Various twerps thought the world was going to end. But Private Eye, the nearest thing to honest journalism in England tells it like it is. A BBC apparatchik decided to sell a story about something he didn't understand. It is a change from telling lies about things they do understand.
Big Bang Cobblers Day from Private Eye 1219/5
FOR the last month, the BBC has been hyping an "extraordinary event" that it created and dubbed "Big Bang Day", on 10 September.
In August it put out a press release gushing that an entire day of programming would coincide with the "switch-on of the fastest atom-smasher in the world" and "one of the most exciting scientific experiments ever attempted when physicists try to recreate the aftermath of the Big Bang". And so on through all official channels and in trails.
Even though none of this was actually true, Fleet Street was happy to run with the idea that a big dangerous experiment was starting up on 10 September. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva tried to point out that starting up the machine was a process of commissioning and "not as simple as flipping a switch" and that the process was a lengthy one that had been going on since January. But the 10th was a convenient peg, because the LHC's major milestone (when protons are actually smashed together) was harder to predict. September 10th, then, when a beam would travel around the LHC for the first time, was far less interesting scientifically but more convenient for the news diary. And thus began the flamming up of Big Bang day.
On the 9th, the London Evening Standard wrote that scientists were preparing to "switch on" the world's biggest scientific experiment. The next day, the Telegraph's, front page announced that: "At 8.30 this morning scientists will throw the switch... will attempt to recreate the conditions that existed fractions of a second after the Big Bang". While the Independent's leader column explained: "Today is the day... In the largest physics experiment ever attempted, protons will be smashed together at unprecedented speeds, recreating the conditions that existed in the aftermath of the Big Bang... The scientific world is abuzz with what they might discover."
Even the page three girl at the Sun had something to say: "Keeley can't wait for boffins to turn on the Large Hadron Collider today. She added, helpfully: 'It's so exciting. The machine's main purpose is to explore the validity and limitations of the current theoretical picture for particle physics'."
The lack of any experimentation didn't deter hacks from describing the 10th as a day when the secrets of the universe would be probed, black holes created, the Higgs boson discovered, or the world ended, etc. As The Sun wrote: "At 8.30am today, a machine which some fear could create a giant black hole capable of swallowing the planet will be switched on." Even the Telegraph trumpeted: "If it's 8.31 and you're still reading this," then the world had not ended. In fact, without any particle smashing there was never even the possibility of the end of the world.
As anyone watching or listening live on the 10th discovered, not a great deal happened. Even the beam, which was supposed to whizz around for the first time at 8.30am, was actually slowly -nursed around the LHC in uneventful stages. It was such a non-event that Andrew Marr, reporting live for Radio 4 s Today Programme and with "exclusive" access to the LHC control room, seemed uncertain when the "historic moment for world science" actually happened. "Oh, it's... it's happened," he said at one point. But it hadn't.
The BBC's attempts to flam up Big Bang day backfired. It started to fall apart when a request for a big red button to push to start the machine were rebuffed by scientists. Nonetheless, the proposal was so amusing that before the event LHC staff referred to the 10th with great amusement as "Red Button Day". Reports that the BBC also asked LHC bosses to launch the experiment to coincide with the 8.30am slot on Today, appear to be true. However, rumours that the entire day itself was shifted because of Andrew Marr's holiday, were rejected by LHC staff.
It was Mark Damazer, controller of Radio 4, who first dreamt up the concept of a themed day for what is an important new era of physics research. But in the stampede to match his vision with reality, everyone overlooked the uncomfortable fact that science happens bit by bit and is unpredictable. So creating a news event around the process of research was a flawed idea from the beginning and destined to deliver far less than was offered.
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Updated on 29/09/2008 15:31