BBC bows to Tory pressure and removes presenter who pointed out issues with Cummings’s and Johnson’s claims about former’s coronavirus road-trips
Emily Maitlis has been removed as the presenter of the BBC’s Newsnight programme, after the BBC upheld a complaint by supporters of Dominic Cummings that her factual take-down of Cummings’s behaviour and of Boris Johnson’s decision to defend him was biased.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that it is a one-off removal, at least for now. She was replaced by Katie Razzall.
At the same time, the BBC rejected complaints that a tweet by political editor Laura Kuenssberg defended Cummings inappropriately, when she quoted his excuses for his Durham trip uncritically last week.
Of course, the BBC and its various presenters rarely seemed too disturbed by making or repeating endless unbalanced attacks on Jeremy Corbyn when he was Labour leader, but that should surprise no one. But broadcasters increasingly bowing to the government to shut down factual criticism is a worrying phenomenon.
Ironic that in Durham, the phrase ‘Barney Castle’ apparently means cowardly.
The UK is far into Erdogan, Orban, Bolsonaro and Trump territory. Of course, you’re unlikely to hear that on the BBC – or if you do, the presenter saying it is likely to disappear from your screens pretty sharply.
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