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Whataday9,580 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
If the level-headed among us aren't prepared to accept the critical failures within the BBC, it will fail to exist within a matter of years. The bias issues aren't as extreme as some critics claim, but they DO exist. Completely brushing aside any criticism is just as bad as the 'mob' baying for BBC blood.


It is fine to accept failures at the BBC, but there is definitely a narrative whereby if it writes/broadcasts something critical of a particularly position, it gets written off immediately without even checking the facts. That's surely a far too irrational approach to take? It's 'fake news' territory.
Hatton Cross3,093 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Simply..
The 'left' think the BBC reporting is too much to the 'right', and the 'right' think the BBC reporting is too much to the 'left'.

The BBC balance in reporting is doing its job well.
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Alan de Robson114 posts since 8 Aug 2012
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
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The 'left' think the BBC reporting is too much to the 'right', and the 'right' think the BBC reporting is too much to the 'left'.

The BBC balance in reporting is doing its job well.


TBH, I've always thought that was a strange argument to make in defence of the supposed lack of BBC bias. If everyone involved in an event believes that the situation and their position on it has been mischaracterised or misreported, that's not a sign that the BBC "is doing its job well".

I'm not convinced that the BBC is either pro-left or pro-right wing or pro-Tories or pro-Labour as what constitutes "left wing" and "right wing" changes over the years as do the policies of the Tories and Labour. The Tories introduced Section 28 in the 1980s but later legislated for gay marriage. The Labour Party (the LPP at least) was pro-Iraq War, the current leadership has said that it was a mistake and apologised for it.

If the BBC is anything, it is pro-Establishment. The BBC generally supports the direction of travel of the institutions of government and the intellectual underpinnings thereof. That's why it is a priorty to broadcast television channels in Arabic and in Persian and why there are pushes to increase Russian coverage and introduce North Korean coverage - because it is a priority for the Establishment to get their message across.

It also acutely feels the need to fairly and positively represent the diversity of the UK because we all pay for the BBC. Personally, I have always like the Beeb because of this however the BBC will naturally err towards the arguments and viewpoints of the people and organisations that it feels represents our nation's diversity. I think that is why immigration has always been a particularly difficult area for it to cover without it stepping on someone's toes - put it this way, I wouldn't want to be in charge of it as it seems like an impossible task.
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JamesM0984
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I'm right wing, but yes - I do find the BBC heavily biased to the left - to the point that when talking to Tory politicians Laura Kunnesberg will almost always be wearing red.

Furthermore, despite the fact that their attitude to the Eurovision Song Contest frankly stinks, I also find them heavily pro-European, often having to qualify any good economic news with the phrase "despite Brexit."

But as a free market thinker I'm idealogically opposed to the idea of a broadcaster being funded by public money in the first place - possibly because of its bias, and at times, downright fake news.
james-20014,314 posts since 13 Sep 2015 Banned for 1 week
Central (East) East Midlands Today
You think that Laura Kuennesberg is biased towards Labour? Good lord...

She's probably the person in the BBC I hear most accused of right wing pro-Tory bias. Apart from Nick Robinson.

You're literally the only person I've ever heard accuse Laura of being biased towards the left & Labour, and I've heard all sorts of opinions on the BBC's supposed bias (or lack of it). I guess that says something about how far to the right your politics is.

I dread to think what you consider unbiased, and not "fake news".
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JamesM0984
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Fake news is saying "about 300 people" are at a Tommy Robinson rally, when I'm watching it on Facebook Live and there's easily over a thousand in the crowd.

But then they've stitched Robbo up like a kipper recently.
JamesM0984
Central (East) East Midlands Today
And what have you done? Immediately reach for the "WAYCIST!!! Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad" card rather than ask why the BBC would deliberately misinterpret such a figure.
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