Supposedly impartial broadcaster flouts Ofcom rules and misleads Opposition
Earlier today, the SKWAWKBOX reported that Boris Johnson had displayed abject cowardice by ducking his grilling by the BBC’s Andrew Neil – and that the BBC had hidden the news from Labour and the public until after Corbyn’s interview with Neil last night.
Ofcom rules require broadcasters to be absolutely impartial in their political reporting during general election periods, so broadcasting a tough interview with the leader of the Opposition when Johnson had not committed to his own interview is a gross and blatant breach of the BBC’s legal obligations and a display of contempt for the UK’s democracy.
But the reality is far worse than the BBC simply omitting to mention Johnson’s spinelessness until after Corbyn’s interview was broadcast – because the broadcaster lied to Labour that Johnson had committed, in order to secure Corbyn’s participation.
And then maintained the lie until the interview had been broadcast, as Alasdair Clark and LBC’s Theo Usherwood have reported:
The BBC has colluded with the Tories to try to damage Labour and its leader, while aiding Boris Johnson’s cowardly evasion of scrutiny.
Broadcasters should refuse to report any Tory policy or PR appearance and broadcast only adverse stories about the BBC until Boris Johnson fronts up and subjects himself to public scrutiny – and must have Andrew Neil ’empty-chair’ Johnson if he refuses, to ensure UK voters have a graphic illustration of Johnson’s cowardice.
If the BBC does not, it is baking in its own guilt, complicity and disgrace and must answer to the public for it.
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