BBC bias in question (which way do they lean?)

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by bigeye, Jan 19, 2017.

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  1. .....(her seat) whilst conveniently ignoring the fact that Amber Rudd's father had died the previous week. Ah! forgot! Journo's don't acknowledge grieving unless it's to sensationalise their reports.
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  2. Depends. How much of empty void is your life?
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  3. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    They're fairly awful at this censoring lark then (from your link):
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  4. Stop being facetious.
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  5. A response to a complaint I made over the biased coverage the BBC (and Sky) were giving about the fire. <>

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    Dear X

    Thank you for contacting us about BBC News.

    1. The fire at Grenfell Tower was a disaster of such magnitude that it has drawn attention to many wider social and political issues. Our reporting in the immediate aftermath focused on the circumstances surrounding the fire, and the human cost of the tragedy. As the story developed, it was important to also explore questions raised by the fire, including the political ramifications.

    2. Theresa May received criticism for her initial response from some who felt it was inadequate and lacked sympathy. Anger towards the Prime Minister led to her needing a police escort to leave the area when she was visiting local residents, and contributed to anti-government demonstrations outside Downing Street, with calls for her resignation. Coming just a week after the general election in which the Conservatives lost their majority and Theresa May’s position had already been weakened, it was legitimate to examine what this meant for her leadership.

    3. BBC News didn’t take a view on this, but reflected what was being said by the Prime Minister’s critics and those supportive of her. We reported on statements she made and actions taken by her and the government in the days following the fire, including the announcement of a public inquiry and the relief fund for those affected. These are exactly the same principles we applied to our coverage of Jeremy Corbyn’s response. As Leader of the Opposition, it was important that his views were also heard.

    4. We will of course continue to report on this story as it develops, and scrutinise the consequences and wider implications.

    Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch.

    Kind Regards

    BBC Complaints Team

    NB This is sent from an outgoing account only which is not monitored. You cannot reply to this email address but if necessary please contact us via our webform quoting any case number we provided.

    1. Whilst I agree the fire was a disaster, I thought the BBC were paid by the taxpayer to inform the public about News, not link it to wider social and political issues (for wider social and political issues read anti-government protesters and/or Labour supporting organisations). I'd possibly not have objected too much if they'd initially concentrated on the fire rather than attempting to make an anti-government link to politics and social matters.

    2. The PM was indeed criticised by some for her initial response, but surely a PM should be addressing the issues raised in a calm manner rather than going around commenting without the full facts (aka JC and his bunch of looneys) and awash with crocodile tears? The PM also had a Police escort to the area as well as from it which is normal for a PM, you'd think the BBC would know that. It's also known that political agitators were seen at all protests, protesters that are linked to the Labour Party via Momentum and SWP, absolutely nothing from the BBC on that, so much for unbiased social and political comment.

    3. Here the BBC are being absolutely disingenuous, at no point in their coverage did they treat Jeremey Corbyn and the Labour Party in the way they had the PM and her government.
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  6. The BBC hasn't done 'news reporting' for years now. It all goes back to Tony 'Head Prefect' Hall's time as Head of News and Current Affairs and the move towards context and explanation.

    In what 'context' and what 'explanation' is what you're seeing now. It all has to align with the 'values' of the BBC which, as now Lord Hall has since admitted is a progressive, liberal set of values.
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  7. BBC replies.

  8. Just switched on the BBC, very quickly up comes a piece on a Calais immigrant family hoping to get into the UK.

    Inferred message, we should open the doors???
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  9. Purple_Flash

    Purple_Flash LE Moderator

    Why not? One more family can't hurt can it? And think of the future documentary possibilities.

    Just a little, tiny, wafer-thin extra family, Monsieur Creosote?
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  10. Show us your pay sip then please?
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  11. Sip?? Sorry mate it’s all been gulped away.
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