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Cross-party group of MPs accuse BBC of 'Brexit bias'
« on: July 13, 2017, 06:13:07 PM »
Telegraph

Cross-party group of MPs accuse BBC of 'Brexit bias'



 
BBC Broadcasting House
 Laura Hughes, political correspondent 
5 JULY 2017 • 8:17AM
The BBC is embroiled in a fresh Brexit bias row after MPs from across the political spectrum called for new guidelines to ensure the broadcaster is "impartial."
A cross-party group including Labour MP Kate Hoey, Tory backbencher Philip Davies and the DUP's Ian Paisley Jr have held talks with the BBC's head of news James Harding.
MPs have become increasingly critical of the BBC since the referendum. In October last year Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, hit out at the corporation’s  “infuriating” and “shamelessly anti-Brexit coverage”.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May walks behind flags of Europe  CREDIT: AFP/AURORE BELOT
A study in March found that just one in six contributors to the Radio 4 Today programme’s business news slot in the six months after referendum saw the result as positive for Britain.
One MP who was present at the meeting with Mr Harding told the Sun: "This was about how we make sure there is a more positive light put on Brexit over the next two years. The main thing is looking for a code of practice or new guidelines to ensure that the BBC is impartial."
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Tory MP, added: "The BBC was good prior to the referendum but it has been extraordinarily bad afterwards."
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg CREDIT: CLARA MOLDEN
The latest row comes after more than than 70 MPs wrote to Lord Hall, the director-general of the BBC, accusing the corporation of portraying the UK as a "xenophobic" nation that regrets the vote to leave the EU.
 
They said that the corporation has failed to "break out of pre-referendum pessimism" and accept the "economic good news" the UK has enjoyed since the referendum.
The BBC said: “This was a meeting with a cross party group of MPs supporting Brexit.
“BBC News listens to and reflects all points of view and remains committed to covering developments in a fair and impartial manner.”
Telegraph 
BBC would rather see Britain fail than Brexit succeed, suggests Liam Fox
 Laura Hughes, political correspondent 
6 JULY 2017 • 10:19AM
The BBC would rather see Britain fail than Brexit succeed,  Liam Fox has suggested. 
The International Trade Secretary made the suggestion as he responded to a question from Nigel Evans, a Tory MP, who asked about the "negative" coverage of Brexit in the press.
MPs have become increasingly critical of the broadcaster since the referendum. In October last year Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, hit out at the corporation’s “infuriating” and “shamelessly anti-Brexit coverage”.
The logo for the Broadcasting House CREDIT: CARL COURT/GETTY
Dr Fox told the Commons: "It does appear that some elements of our media would rather see Britain fail than Brexit succeed.
"I cannot recall a single time in recent times when I have seen good economic news that the BBC did not describe as “despite Brexit”.
It comes after MPs from across the political spectrum called for new guidelines to ensure the broadcaster is "impartial."
An EU flag flies above Parliament Square during a Unite for Europe march in LondonCREDIT: REUTERS/PETER NICHOLLS
A cross-party group —including Labour MP Kate Hoey, Tory backbencher Philip Davies and the DUP's Ian Paisley Jr — have held talks with the BBC's head of news James Harding.
A study in March found that just one in six contributors to the Radio 4 Today programme’s business news slot in the six months after referendum saw the result as positive for Britain.
Barry Sheerman,a Labour MP, responded to Dr Fox's comments, telling MPs: "This frontbench team must know that this silly attack on the BBC cannot be used as an excuse for policy.
BBC
"Can I tell him that the manufacturers I know, they have no confidence in this Secretary of State.
 
"He is living in cloud cuckoo land. They think he is not competent and they want his resignation."
The BBC said: “This was a meeting with a cross party group of MPs supporting Brexit.
“BBC News listens to and reflects all points of view and remains committed to covering developments in a fair and impartial manner.”

Telegraph 
BBC 'legitimises' hard left website by inviting editor on Question Time



 
Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of the Jeremy Corbyn-supporting website The Canary, was invited onto Thursday’s programme CREDIT: BBC
 Gordon Rayner, political editor   Max Getty 
30 JUNE 2017 • 7:56PM
The BBC has been accused of legitimising a hard-left website accused of peddling fake news by inviting its editor onto Question Time.  
Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of the Jeremy Corbyn-supporting website The Canary, was invited onto Thursday’s programme despite a series of controversies over the veracity of articles she has published.  
During Thursday’s show Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary who was also a panellist, accused her of trying to “smear” him with a reference to his controversial relationship with his friend Adam Werritty.  
Julian Knight, the Conservative MP and former BBC reporter, raised the issue in the House of Commons, asking the Culture Secretary Karen Bradley whether she agreed that “broadcasters, particularly those in receipt of licence fee money, should confront rather than cosy up to politically motivated websites that purvey fake news”.  
Ms Bradley replied that Mr Knight “makes a very important point, and I am sure it will have been heard by those he refers to”.  
Last month The Canary published - then later deleted - an incorrect story claiming the Sun newspaper had been guilty of “a naked manipulation of tragic events to serve its own political purposes” by running a front page story attacking Jeremy Corbyn’s terrorist links on the day after the Manchester terrorist attack.
 
In fact, the Sun had changed its front page to report on the attack as the news broke at 10.30pm that night.
Mr Knight said: “There is a duty on public service broadcasters to make sure that what comes through their door is bona fide and doesn’t lead to the legitimisation of views that can cause harm to the very fabric of our society.
“The BBC gives a gold standard and it needs to be very thoughtful about the way in which it uses that power and that gleam of real respectability.”
During a Question Time debate on public sector pay, Ms Mendoza told Dr Fox: “Frankly I’m surprised you’re sitting there tonight because I thought your best friend Adam Werritty might actually replace you.”
Dr Fox said: “We are here to have a debate - if you want to get into smear…” She replied: “It’s not smear!” Dr Fox resigned as defence secretary in 2011 after it emerged that Mr Werritty, who was best man at his wedding, accompanied him on 18 foreign business trips and was present at 40 out of 70 recorded engagements.
Questions over the nature of Mr Werritty’s role, and who was funding him, led to a civil service investigation, but Dr Fox quit before it was completed.
 
A BBC spokesman said: “The Question Time panel has always reflected a broad spectrum of political opinion and as ever, differing viewpoints will be robustly scrutinised.”

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ANOTHER HARD-LEFT AGITATOR TRICKS BBC NEWS

On last night’s BBC Six O’Clock News, Kamal Ahmed presented a package on the Taylor Report which included an interview with one Felicity Flynn. Flynn was introduced by name only and captioned as a “former zero hours worker”. She had clearly been invited to Millbank studios to tape just a few seconds of her condemning “insecure work“. Yet Felicity Flynn is not your average “former zero hours contract worker”…

She is in fact the Vice Chair of South Norwood Labour Party. She describes herself in her Twitter bio as a “socialist”, and her social media is awash with pictures of her campaigning for Labour at the general election. Moreover, she’s a rep for the PCS union, which might have been important to mention given the topic of the report. This came on the same day that the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme introduceda Corbynista union activist as a “Deliveroo rider“, also in its Taylor Report coverage. This keeps happening. Either the Beeb is getting taken in by these hard-left agitators – which is incompetence – or they are complicit, which is worse…
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