The BBC, funded, by the public, is governed by a charter that requires it to be impartial in its presentation of political issues.
It rarely is and only comes close to it during general election periods – but left-wingers who accuse it of bias are often dismissed as subjective or even ‘conspiracy theorists’, while right-wingers accuse it of left-wing bias to muddy the waters, even though the Corporation itself has admitted otherwise.
But a collaboration between author Alex Nunns and social media campaigners EL4C has put the issue beyond reasonable doubt – at least as far as the BBC’s flagship political affairs programme Sunday Politics is concerned.
Nunns spent months recording the guest mix on the programme, noting simply whether the three panel-guests the show routinely features were right-wing, left-wing or ‘centrist’.
His results were telling – but once EL4C turned the results into a short video, they explode.
The video, which only lasts just over a minute and a half, needs to be seen by everyone in this country:
Brilliant work by Simon and his team at EL4C – and superb, patient work by Alex Nunns.
This is not merely theoretical or a matter of principle. When the BBC approached something like impartiality during last year’s General Election campaign Labour surged in the polls, making its biggest gain in vote-share since 1945 and destroying Theresa May’s majority.
Corbyn came within a whisker of forming a government and was only denied by May’s £1bn bribe to the DUP. Just imagine the impact on the political landscape if the BBC did its job – instead of the government’s – 24/7/365.
But – clearly – it does not.
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