BBC Question Time bias reaches new levels
BBC Question Time has long been accused of bias in favour of the Tories – spotting and outing the weekly Tory plant(s) is a popular pastime for the left-wingers who can still bring themselves to watch.
But as journalist – and guest on the programme – Owen Jones observed on Twitter, at least five of the audience members who got to ask the panel a question on last Thursday’s programme broadcast from Dudley were local Tory activists or even candidates.
Jones’ awareness of the scale of the ‘coincidence’ unfolded over a period of about twenty-four hours, beginning when he tweeted about a failed Tory candidate who had made a strange demand:
The same activist had tweeted his glee at being thanked by Tory Home Secretary Sajid Javid for his bizarre intervention.
Jones then discovered more:
But was there no corresponding number of Dudley Labour activists asking questions on the programme, there were none at all:
One Labour member – not from Dudley itself, though from the borough – was allowed to make a comment rather than ask a question. No other local Labour members were able to get into the audience at all, according to the SKWAWKBOX’s contacts in Dudley.
The BBC’s bias has been growing more and more naked, not only on Question Time but in news coverage and the make-up of panels and guest lists, for a long time. Now it seems even the pretence of impartiality is being dropped.
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