A Newsnight presenter is under fire after sending a tweet ‘fawning’ over Theresa May

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People are calling out a Newsnight presenter after she sent a tweet that appeared to fawn over Theresa May. Following the prime minister’s press conference on 15 November in which she vowed to carry on fighting, Emily Maitlis tweeted:

Um, sorry, what?

May is presiding over a government in chaos. Multiple ministers have resigned. It’s looking increasingly likely that she’ll face a vote of no confidence. And her Brexit plan isn’t impressing anyone on either the Leave or Remain side of the debate. So it didn’t take long for people to start calling out Maitlis’s suggestion of ‘impressive magnificence’:

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Others thought the tweet was representative of BBC bias:

People also pointed out that the tweet came just days after Maitlis faced accusations of anti-Corbyn bias on Newsnight. On 13 November, she stated:

You’re going to fail the country on this one… and put Jeremy Corbyn in power

Others were simply stunned at the tweet:

If the shoe was on the other foot…

As The Canary previously reported, there has been some criticism of the way the media describes May; especially when we compare this to the language it uses to describe Corbyn. And several Twitter users highlighted this point in responding to Maitlis’s tweet:

Another Twitter user gave an example of Corbyn showing ‘magnificence’ in his own stubbornness:

Magnificent chaos

But it’s not just the Brexit negotiations that are in chaos. May and the Conservative government have wreaked havoc on millions of people through their stubborn commitment to neoliberal austerity. And the prime minister is presiding over a government that the UN has condemned for treating vulnerable and poor people in a “punitive, mean-spirited and often callous” manner.

There is nothing “magnificent” or “impressive” about May or the government she is leading. And while BBC journalists don’t appear to have any obligation to manage their Twitter accounts as unbiased reporters, this type of tweet reveals exactly why so many people are fed up with our supposedly impartial public service broadcaster.

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