BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg under fire as petition demands action over ‘bias’

Kerry-anne Mendoza

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.

The Canary has this week reported on the wider transition of the BBC from bias to outright propaganda, and on the popular condemnation of Kuenssberg’s reporting in particular.

Kuenssberg was the target of criticism – from a wide range of sources:

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:

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.

Get Involved!

– 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.

Featured Image via BBC

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