Journalist Assed Baig has worked all over the world, including for BBC News, and is now employed by Channel 4. This morning he put out a series of tweets on the topic of the media’s current attacks on independent left media like the SKWAWKBOX and the discomfort that has led to it.
He nails it, while generously accepting that most MSM (mainstream media) journalists are trying – but often failing – to be unbiased:
Recently the BBC’s Nick Robinson and others have launched into a number of attacks on publications such as this blog, including blaming them for the collapse of public trust in the BBC and other MSM.
You don’t have to look too hard to see that the real reason is exactly the bias that Mr Baig considers largely unintentional. Even the BBC’s own report shows that bias to be huge – and largely in favour of the Tories, though many would argue there was also a large helping of undue attention for Farage helping UKIP to a level of influence it did not merit, at least to begin with.
Whatever your opinion of Mr Baig’s conclusion that the bias is largely unintentional, there seems little credible room for doubt that he’s spot on about the fact of it – and about the motives underlying the ongoing attacks by the Establishment and its allied media on the independent outlets that threaten them.
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