In classic ‘get your excuses in early’ style, all sides of the election debate are lining up dear old Auntie as the reason why they’re not going to win. Usually if all parties are disgruntled with the coverage they’re getting you can probably say the broadcaster is doing a good job. But we’ve seem to have gone beyond that and into this weird reality where the fact that all sides are complaining about the BBC means there must be some substance to it.
The problem with conspiracy theories is after a while everything becomes evidence of conspiracy, and evidence that disproves the theory must therefore be… part of the conspiracy.
Here’s three stores from the BBC leaders debate, alleging pro-tory, anti-libdem and anti-tory bias. They’re all from sources which I’m sure we can agree are themselves unashamedly biased.
https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2019/11/23/bbc-news-editing-the-audience-reaction-to-boris-johnson-is-really-not-okay/ https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1208396/Brexit-News-General-Election-latest-Jo-Swinson-Liberal-Democrat-BBC-debate https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7716685/BBC-faces-bias-row-Boris-Johnson-confronted-hostile-audience-Question-Time.html
I’d be interested to know what the venerable members of the AW think