In a stunning move, Emily Maitlis says what we’ve all been saying for years

Emily Maitlis

Former BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has warned of media bias and sinister Tory plots, mere years after the rest of us, and in spite of being head of the BBC’s flagship show during the worst of it. Pats on the back for Emily.

The former senior BBC figure made her comments during the MacTaggart Lecture in Edinburgh at a major TV festival. Among other things, she said “an active agent” of the Conservative Party sits on the board of the BBC and influences impartiality.

She warned that British institutions were under attack:

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Social media users, however, recall Maitlis’ conduct during her tenure with some anger, suggesting that she has hardly shown herself to be unbiased.

Hardly a revelation…

One twitter user pointed out that BBC bias was hardly news:

Others fondly recalled the time her show carried a section portraying Jeremy Corbyn as Lord Voldemort:

Meanwhile, someone else remembered the time Corbyn was presented as some sort of Soviet despot:

Somebody else noted a 2017 tweet from Maitlis which seemed to float the idea of a coup by Labour against Corbyn:

Active agent

It was also pointed out that if there was an active Tory agent in the BBC, they may not have been alone:

Elsewhere, her credentials as a whistleblower were being questioned intensely, not least given the years which have elapsed since some of the events she was involved in:

It seems that it is going to take a bit more than a pretty selective speech (just as Maitlis starts a whizzy new job at LBC) to make people forget her own behaviour in recent years. Yes, there’s something wrong with the BBC. It’s also perfectly possible to argue that Maitlis embodied this as well as anyone has in recent years.

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