This is utterly extraordinary. @BBCNews has edited out the audience laughing at Boris Johnson being questioned on trust.— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 23, 2019
The first part is from last night’s debate, the second is from BBC News at 1pm today. #ge2019 pic.twitter.com/PjhAQsWLoH
It seems they did. This kind of thing was normal on state TV in Soviet Russia. Should not happen in a democracy like Britain. The BBC urgently needs to explain itself. https://t.co/WamBfZjuta— Peter Oborne (@OborneTweets) November 23, 2019
This clip, which was played in full on the 10 o’clock news last night, was shortened for timing reasons in today’s lunchtime bulletin. We’ve fully covered Boris Johnson’s appearance on the BBC QT special, and the reaction to it, across our outlets.— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) November 23, 2019
A cursory glance at todays BBC Twitter feed is actually rather alarming, they posted this
What is the point of party manifestos? Do voters care?— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) November 25, 2019
Pollster Deborah Mattinson from BritainThinks: “It is almost impossible to overstate how little people notice, and how little people pick up” #politicslive https://t.co/bpn3hTBc6V pic.twitter.com/6wMjz5HpID
What has happened is that the Conservative Party has released a manifesto that is light on detail and has no answers to the problems Britain faces, they are lead by a man who people laugh at when he gives ridiculous answers. The BBC is faced with a terrible dilemma. To retain balances, when people are not laughing at Jeremy Corbyn or Jo Swinson is something that presents a challenge. When a highy dodgy manifesto that is designed solely to avoid the pitfalls that scuppered Theresa May at the last election is released also presents a challenge. In an effort to show no bias, they feel they can be no more forensic and no more aggressive than they are with the opposition, so a very bad and uninformative manifesto will receive the same level of scrutiny as one that is detailed and proposes solutions.
Laura Kuenssberg tweeted at the lack of detail, so the BBC clearly know what the Tories are up to
So are we falling victim to a massive con trick being lead by the BBC to fool us that the Tories are safe, reliable and trustworthy? Is the dodgy editing and the pundits selling apathy part of a grand scheme to persuade the unwashed masses that it doesn't matter and Boris and his mates are a safe pair of hands, when the opposite is clearly true and they know it?Tory manifesto - a document to try to keep out of trouble ... https://t.co/x8XRkZPj45— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) November 24, 2019
I have spent the weekend trying to work this out. There are several conclusions I've drawn. The first is that the Tories have clearly put a lot of resources into 'playing' news organisations and especially the BBC. When #BBCQT audience members ask difficult questions, huge effort is made to try and discredit the questioner and cow the BBC by claiming it is a sign of bias. Labour try and do this as well but aren't as good at it and they don't have The Sun and The Daily Mail onside, reinforcing such stories with news coverage. There is no doubt that the BBC's analysis of the Tories manifesto was stunningly unambitious and there was little effort to get sensible answers from spokespeople at the lack of detail and vision. It seems to me that Tories are restricting the way their spokesmen and candidates are allowed to interact with the media. When they do have car crash interviews, of which the likes of James Cleverly have had a few, they seemingly disappear. The Chancellor Sajid Javid, usually the most high profile of all politicians apart from the PM, is the invisible man. Can you imagine Gordon Brown, as Chancellor being invisible during an election campaign? If you look at the Chancellors Twitter feed, he's tweeted more footage of John McDonnell speaking than he has of himself - https://twitter.com/sajidjavid
Labour under Jeremy Corbyn have no such 'discipline' with the relevant spokespeople being put on TV no matter how good or bad they are. I'm really not sure if it is the fault of the BBC if Labour put up politicians who are well known for giving car crash interviews, whilst the Tories lock them in the cupboard and don't let them near a camera. I suspect that by the end of the campaign, the only Tory we'll see on telly is Boris Johnson, as for reasons I cant fathom, with every porkie and every mis-speak, his ratings go up.
The Conservatives learned a big lesson in the 2017 election. The less you tell the public, the less about you there is to hate and mistrust. I think there was a general feeling in the Labour party that Boris would implode under the bright lights of a general election campaign. It hasn't happened yet and our timid media are unlikely to do anything to make it. There is a lot of talk of Social media being a liberating force, but all that happens is we end up in an echo chamber, with groups of our friends liking everything we say as they agree with us. The bloke next door with a different view has a completely different network.
So to sum up. What have we learned? Lets just say this. If you are going for a job as a news editor for the BBC, here are a few rules it seems wise to follow.
1. Always use footage of Boris where he's smiling as the British public likes to think of him as a jovial chap.
2. Always use footage of Jeremy Corbyn when he's looking like a rather unworldly geography teacher on a birdwatching holiday, because that is what the British public expect to see.
3. When choosing footage of Jo Swinson, always use the five seconds when she's looking most vacuous as that is what blokes like to see when women are on TV.
4. When filming Boris speaking at election rallys, don't pan to far back as we don't want the empty room to be seen.
5. The public want to hear about Anti Semitism in the Labour Party, not Islamaphobia in the Tory Party
6. Under no account mention the Lib Dems or the Greens except as an afterthought.Look at these two screenshots of tweets by @bbclaurak on @BorisJohnson and @jeremycorbyn— TheLuckyHeron🌍 (@LuckyHeronSay) November 18, 2019
Both tweets on allegations of racism within their respective parties
The BBC is funded by you
RT if you think Laura should apologise and be reprimanded for such clear bias@BBCNews @Ofcom pic.twitter.com/gjSLycRf0J
7. Always remember, the job of the BBC is to show no bias, rather than tell the full story.