BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg is under fire amid widespread allegations of ‘bias’ in her reporting of the May 5 elections, and her wider reporting of politics for the public broadcaster.
The petition calls on BBC Director of News and Current Affairs James Harding to launch an immediate review into the allegations, saying:
Since the arrival or Laura Kuenssberg and Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Opposition, we have seen a more partisan position from the BBC’s political editor.
For many years we have enjoyed a relatively impartial BBC, a report in 2013 titled; BBC Breadth of Opinion Review Content Analysis alerted the BBC to a potential shift with regards to impartiality in favour of the Conservative Government (attachment below).
We would ask that the BBC organises for an independent enquiry to see if this assessment is fair. The review would be limited to four weeks and take into account all of Laura Kuenssberg’s efforts as political editor and would assess whether the editor has been balanced or not.
The full findings of the independent enquiry (with references cited) should be publicly published.
Should the independent review find Laura Kuenssberg to have been less than impartial and/or find her to take a partisan position we would ask that she is moved to a role that is more suitable.
Kuenssberg was the target of criticism – from a wide range of sources:
Is there a BBC producer in @bbclaurak 's earpiece? Or Conservative Central Office? Woeful anti Labour bias. Woeful.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) May 6, 2016
— Nick Wrack (@NickWrack) May 5, 2016
I see @bbclaurak is on her usual Corbyn bashing hobby horse.
— Rory Patton (@springingtiger) May 6, 2016
#Elections2016 Who is this Laura on the BBC? She has the analytical skills of a hairbrush and speaks like a Tory spin doctor.
— Lal (@Lalwendeboggart) May 6, 2016
— Andy (@Taxi_Andy) May 6, 2016
— Frankie (@FrankieGJones) May 6, 2016
— John McMahon (@JohnMcArtsEd) May 5, 2016
— Mountain Boy (@sharpeleven) May 5, 2016
— Uncle Buk (@pisspoorpoet) May 6, 2016
— Susie Stewart (@susiepip) May 6, 2016
— julie anne (@stoneyrocks) May 6, 2016
BBC Question Time as a forum for Corbyn bashing
But before the BBC’s election coverage had even begun, Question Time also came under fire on Twitter:
— Donna Mai (@Donna_Mai_) May 5, 2016
That was disgusting. Blatant hatchet job from #bbcqt against Corbyn / Labour. Wt actual? They seriously had NOTHING about the Tories??
— Babs (@BabsSheKing) May 5, 2016
— Nick (@Mylegalforum) May 5, 2016
Tonight's #BBCQT was as always …..
A Party Political Broadcast for the #Tory Party
— Nick (@Mylegalforum) May 5, 2016
All this smearing, back-biting and media demonisation is a huge compliment to Corbyn. It's what happens when you stand for something. #bbcqt
— Ricardo Picasso (@Ricairdooo000) May 5, 2016
— Nick (@nickh1877) May 6, 2016
It is difficult to imagine how a BBC currently chaired by Rona Fairhead, and a News and Current Affairs team led by James Harding – themselves under major criticism for alleged bias and conflict of interest – could possibly undertake the investigation with any integrity. But nevertheless, repeated and dogged action by the public on this matter can at the very least maintain steady pressure on the BBC to change course, and add weight to those journalists and other staff within the organisation who no doubt lament the direction in which the public broadcaster has taken its coverage of news and politics.
– You can sign and share the petition here.
– You may like to make an official complaint about BBC bias here.
– You might also like to remind Laura Kuenssberg very politely about her responsibilities as a public service broadcaster.
– Support The Canary, so we can continue to step in where mainstream outlets like the BBC fail.
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