October 29, 2020 at 6:54 pm #196775
For balance, will the BBC crackdown on Robinson and Kuensburg? Or is right wing sneering and belittling of the Labour Party fair game?October 30, 2020 at 9:20 am #196785
I’d love to know what a clear definition of virtue signalling is, so they can separate if from actual good deeds they see as acceptable. Should BBC staff not give to charity again, as that could count as virtue signalling?October 30, 2020 at 10:03 am #196786October 30, 2020 at 10:32 am #196787IronIronIronParticipantOffline
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For balance, will the BBC crackdown on Robinson and Kuensburg? Or is right wing sneering and belittling of the Labour Party fair game?
I think Kuensburg is a leftie.October 30, 2020 at 11:19 am #196788
I think Kuensburg is generally a neutral journalist trying to do her job, who unfortunately gets too much ire from people who can’t hack their favoured politicians being criticised.
Sure, she has faults. She often signals unnamed government sources as news, which is dubious, but I think the problem doesn’t wholly stem from her. The big issue is that the BBC are hamstrung by a government insistent on silencing critique from the BBC and it’s the pathetic heads who are harming it, as seen by these ridiculous rules. You could say she is guilty of following orders and not principles, but the focus shouldn’t be primarily on her (or Robinson), in my opinion.
Much of the drama about her conduct has been OTT. I am yet to see her overstep the mark with breaching ethics on journalism against left or right.October 30, 2020 at 12:59 pm #196789
And what evidence do you have that ‘she’s guilty of following orders’? I agree criticism shouldn’t primarily be leveled at her, I’d add Evan Davies to that list. Some of his interviews on PM in the past year, like Robinson’s on Today, have been far too withering and belittling of the left and of remainers. I’m sure all 3 are fully aware of when they might be close to overstepping the mark against the right. A lot of this is down to interpretation.October 30, 2020 at 1:01 pm #196790October 30, 2020 at 1:07 pm #196792
From Laura’s wiki page:
‘In January 2017 the BBC Trust ruled that a report in November 2015 by Kuenssberg broke the broadcaster’s impartiality and accuracy guidelines. A viewer had complained about her item, which featured an interview with Jeremy Corbyn on the BBC News at Six which gave the incorrect impression that Corbyn disagreed with the use of firearms by police’
Overstepping the mark? The BBC Trust thought so. And it just so happens to be the left. What tha…?!?!October 30, 2020 at 1:14 pm #196794
I don’t think Nick’s tweet is any worse than what Gary Linekar does (and I agree with the latter on a lot of things), in that he’s using his social media platform as a means of expressing a view. It doesn’t even give away a bias, in that he is just stating a fact. We can all interpret motive, but that is from reading between lines; we could, in theory, be mistaking this just for an attempt at irony. Of course the BBC are trying to move away from this, but I was never fussed about that to begin with. That’s a non-issue inflated by culture warriors.
They’re television journalists, and they love to try and stir the pot with politicians. They do it less often with the government, but that could well be because the BBC has been hamstrung by a government wanting to control it. Journalists who dare to step out of line could be sidelined. Of course we can all judge these journalists to be guilty of overstepping the mark here and ‘following orders’ is not a good enough excuse against principle. My point is that the root of the problem could be higher up than any of the three before mentioned journalists.October 30, 2020 at 1:24 pm #196795NorthumbironParticipantOffline
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Robinson’s tweet would have been fine if he’d left out the “Oh!” At the beginning.
This is why the modern day media get the criticism they do. Adding these quirky “extras” simply for effect does nothing for their journalistic credibility.October 30, 2020 at 1:46 pm #196796
I can see the irritation at the tackiness of it, the informal nature, but up to now BBC staff could use Twitter as their own personal sounding block. It’s why Linekar and Andrew Neil could air their views more on there. It’s this what the BBC says they’re clamping down on. Up to now it wasn’t an issue.October 30, 2020 at 5:40 pm #196801
The problem with that tweet is in isolation it may not seem that bad but in the context of many other of his tweets mocking or deriding the left, the case for right wing bias starts to build. Particularly when you consider his Tory presidency at Oxford Uni, which can’t be ignored.
The job of political news journalists is to hold government to account. I think Robinson, Kuenssberg and Davis put more effort in to undermining the opposition. There may well be a problem higher up. It may also be the case that all 3 journalists don’t have too much of a problem with following orders from a Tory stooge. That is an issue given their influence on public thinking.
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