Stop the anti-Corbyn bias on the BBC
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The anti-Corbyn bias of the BBC is systematic and continuous. Going into a new general election the stance of the BBC is undemocratic. As the public broadcast corporation paid for by tax payers, the broadcaster should not be showing bias against a mainstream political leader or a political party in this country. The BBC's royal charter and operating agreement set out its "regulatory obligation" for impartiality. It says, "The BBC must do all it can to ensure that controversial subjects are treated with due accuracy and impartiality in all relevant output."
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- Owen Jones-Guardian columnist and author, Oct. 2019, "In the last 24 hours, the BBC has regurgitated a false Tory pledge on the NHS, and claimed allegations of sexual harassment against Boris Johnson are about his "private life". We don't pay our licence fee so the BBC acts as No. 10's press office".
- Laura Kuenssberg-BBC political editor, (after Johnson's confrontation in hospital), Sept. 2019, "Turns out the man who challenged the PM is also a Labour activist."
- Henry Mance-the Chief Feature Writer for the Financial Times (after Johnson's first PMQs), Sept. 2019, "Funny old world - nearly everyone who watched PMQs live thought Boris Johnson was disastrous, but watching the BBC’s 10 o’clock news, you would think he’d won it."
- Labour Party (after Panorama on anti-Semitism), July 2019, "The Panorama programme was not a fair or balanced investigation. It was a seriously inaccurate, politically one-sided polemic, which breached basic journalistic standards, invented quotes and edited emails to change their meaning. It was an overtly biased intervention by the BBC in party political controversy."
- Gina Miller-Investment manager; founder of endthechaos.co.uk, May 2019 "In general, I think people in government and positions of political power get challenged less, while experts are being devalued. That’s really hampering the debate and the quality of what’s being produced by the corporation."
- The Independent (after publication of a report by Media Reform Coalition), July 2016, "BBC journalists used language deemed by the researchers to “emphasise hostility, intransigence and extreme positions” more frequently in these programmes, such as the words "hostile" and "hard core"...In addition, almost twice as much unchallenged airtime was given to people criticising Mr Corbyn than his allies on the BBC, the report found."
- Sir Michael Lyons-Former Chairman of the BBC Trust, May 2016 "I don't think I'm alone in feeling the BBC has sought to hedge its bets of late...there have been some quite extraordinary attacks on the elected leader of the Labour Party. I mean quite extraordinary - I can understand why people are worried about some of the most senior editorial voices having lost their impartiality on this...The BBC may have bowed to political pressure to show bias against Labour and Jeremy Corbyn"
- BBC, (Response to Laura Kuenssberg's report in the aftermath of Paris attacks), Nov. 2015, "The BBC Trust said the BBC "was wrong in this case to present an answer Mr Corbyn had given to a question about 'shoot to kill' as though it were his answer to a question he had not in fact been asked"...The Trust said the Paris attacks, and how Britain might respond in a similar situation, were "major matters of considerable importance"...It also said: "The breach of due accuracy on such a highly contentious political issue meant that the output had not achieved due impartiality.""
- The Observer: "BBC news broken? And if so, how do we fix it?"
We are unhappy with how Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are misrepresented in BBC news progammes. We request that the BBC changes its journalistic approach. At times the BBC bias is blatant, while at other times it is more subtle. We request that both stances should be stopped. Labour should be allowed to get its message out in full and uninterrupted in the same way as Conservative viewpoints are heard. There should be an equal and fair balance of reporting on political issues of the day. The BBC's job should be to relate the news and not to shape and manipulate it.
Why should we continue to pay our licence fee to have biased news reported to us?
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