In particular, the use of the word ‘split‘ has been almost entirely absent in ‘MSM’ coverage and commentary – and entirely absent from the BBC News channel. In contrast, ‘Labour split’ and variants were used by the national broadcaster in almost every bulletin and voiceover.
The difference was glaring – even before the resignations had been announced:
The SKWAWKBOX asked the BBC why there was such a discrepancy in their respective coverage of the two. The BBC did not contest that it was doing so – and sent the following ‘explanation’ via a spokesperson:
The developments on Monday were widely described as a split due to the number of MPs leaving to form a new group, and the nature of their criticisms of the Labour party leadership. Today a smaller group of Conservative MPs have resigned indicating they will continue to support the government on some matters. The context has been made clear to viewers which parties have been affected by the various resignations.
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