The SKWAWKBOX’s article at the weekend on the ‘MSM’ silence regarding the International Peace Bureau (IPB) award to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn went viral, changing the narrative and forcing the Establishment to defend its omission.
Judging by the feedback this blog has received, a significant number of people complained to the BBC about its failure to cover the award to the leader of the UK’s official opposition party that is leading in voting intention polls.
The BBC has apparently been sending the same cut-and-paste response to all complainants – or rather, non-response, as it does not address the substance of the complaint – as we have received it from many readers:
Thank you for contacting us regarding our recent news coverage.
We understand that you feel there has been insufficient coverage of Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the UN on Friday 8th December and insufficient coverage of him being awarded the Séan MacBride Peace Prize.
Many speeches and award ceremonies take place around the world every week. We decide which ones to cover on a case by case basis, taking into account their strength as a news story relative to the day’s other events. There will sometimes be disagreements about whether we should have covered certain stories, and the prominence we give to others, but we’re sorry you were disappointed that we did not report on this particular event.
Please be assured that your comments have been passed to the News team and we appreciate the time you’ve taken to get in touch.
BBC Complaints Team
The response is striking for its failure to address the substance of the complaints. ‘Many speeches and award ceremonies take place around the world every week’ – but only one was awarded to one of the UK’s leading and most recognisable politicians.
Which makes it newsworthy – and makes ‘many… around the world’ entirely irrelevant.
Readers spoke of the contempt they perceived in the rote response – and one commented:
An utterly disgraceful reply from the BBC that completely missed the points I raised with them. I guess from their reply they are struggling to find any justification not to cover it.
Whatever the scenario behind the scenes, to its unhappy viewers it certainly appears that way.
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