The SKWAWKBOX flagged earlier explosive revelations about two very senior Cabinet members we had been told would be named in BBC News’ The Papers review of tomorrow’s newspapers. We did not specify the names because there had not been time to corroborate the information.
One of those names was Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.
The S*n’s front page claims that Fallon has admitted groping right-wing radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer:
Fallon is one of two close allies of Theresa May named to this blog. The confirmation lends credence to the second name, but the S*n does not appear to have confirmed it yet – perhaps hoping to bolster its flagging circulation with serialised revelations. When all the names come out, the government should – should – fall, although no doubt every effort will be made by the ‘MSM’ to justify a succession rather than an election.
What tonight’s episode puts beyond question, however, is the hopeless bias of BBC News. The Papers was almost entirely concerned with generalised discussion of sex-pest behaviour ‘by ministers’ and the S*n would normally feature prominently in the programme.
Yet tomorrow’s edition, with its huge headline about one of the most senior ministers in a collapsing government, was conspicuous only by its absence.
Not a mention, nor even a mention that it was being omitted.
Newsnight, following the newspaper review, made no mention of the news in its trailer just now – and Reeta Chakrabarti did not allude to it in her 11pm headlines. Only at 11.05pm did it finally get a mention, when someone presumably decided sticking the BBC’s collective head in the sand was hopeless.
The UK’s Defence Secretary has admitted ‘repeatedly’ groping a woman – but the BBC’s Tory-run flagship news channel decides to leave out the one front page screaming this news, even though it goes against its usual eagerness to portray the Murdoch rag.
Hartley-Brewer apparently says that the incident took place fifteen years ago and she considers the matter closed. When Newsnight eventually got round to mentioning the news, a curiously well-informed guest claimed – unchallenged – that it was an ‘inappropriate flirtation’ and that Ms Hartley-Brewer had made it clear that it was unwelcome. How this fits with the S*n’s claim of Fallon ‘repeatedly’ feeling her knee was not explained.
Whatever the details, could there be a clearer demonstration of BBC’s Tory-suborned status?
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