Vox Political on On-Line Petition to Have Laura Kuenssberg Sacked for Pro-Tory Bias

Mike over at Vox Political reports that an on-line petition has been revived to get Laura Kuenssberg, the politics editor of BBC news, sacked for her pro-Tory bias. There had previously been a petition to have her fired after she made a bitter tirade against the Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on the News at Ten on the 6th January 2016. It seems that her outspoken bias against Labour during the council elections has been the final straw, and the campaign to have her lose her job has been revived.

Mike’s article is at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/05/08/election-coverage-seems-last-straw-as-petition-to-sack-bbc-political-editor-is-revived/, and there’s a link to the 38 Degrees page for the petition. I also include the petition’s website address below:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/sack-laura-kuenssberg

I’ve signed it, as Kuenssberg anti-Labour bias is very obvious. Mike has previously put up an article showing that her discussion of one issue was nearly identical to a Tory press release, with but a few words changed. The BBC is supposed to be unbiased, but academic studies of the contents of their news programmes shows they’re far more likely to invite speakers from the Conservatives or right-wing organisations on to speak, and the general bias is much more to the right than other news broadcasts by their competitors, like Channel 4. And there is a movement within the Beeb to become overtly biased. I’ve mentioned before one article a year or so in the Radio Times in which the author discussed the possibility of broadcasters over here regaining ratings by becoming politically biased and abandoning impartiality, like Fox News. This isn’t a good role model. Fox News hasn’t got its monicker ‘Faux News’ for nothing. Somebody worked out that it only tells the truth 30% of the time, which means it’s effectively Murdoch’s own little Pravda for Republicans. it does not seem to me to be remotely surprising that the BBC should boast that it’s trusted the most by the managerial classes. It has a profoundly Establishment bias, reflecting their own attitudes and hostility to the working and lower middle classes.

And I don’t think writing letters to the Beeb’s programme, Points of View, will help. This has had a number of presenters since it was set up in the 1960s, and is supposed to be a show where the Beeb responds to their critics. Private Eye has run a number of pieces on the programme over the years, commenting on how it’s subtly constructed to show that the BBC was correct in whatever approach they adopted to a particular subject after all, or that they had plenty of other letters applauding them or accusing them of the opposite bias. Part of this tactic involves not actually telling the audience how many letters from the opposite point of view they’ve received. If say, they’ve received 50 letters attacking a programme, and only five letters supporting it, Points of View will nevertheless present an image that the number of letter received from both pro- and anti- camps were roughly equal. The Eye has attacked the programme for being condescending, coming from the age when Auntie Beeb knew best, and its critics had to shut up and take what was good for them.

The Beeb has a duty as a public service broadcaster to provide unbiased news, or at least, as close to unbiased as is humanly possible. The fact that they’re not is a threat to free speech and informed, public debate and political involvement. I don’t know if the petition to sack Kuenssberg will be successful. Possibly not. But at least it will show the Beeb that the great British public aren’t the naïve rubes they take us for, and that people are very much aware of their bias. If you feel the same, please take the opportunity to sign the petition above.

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4 Responses to “Vox Political on On-Line Petition to Have Laura Kuenssberg Sacked for Pro-Tory Bias”

  1. sdbast Says:

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  2. Florence Says:

    I am very uncomfortable with petitions attacking individuals, but in this case I have few reservations. This young woman works at the BBC as the political editor, with responsibility to uphold the Charter requirements to report impartially. This has been badly abused, with editorial content and Conservative press releases passed off at factual news. This is doing the BBC a gross misjustice. The petition calls for her sacking, a reasonable request under the circumstances. Unfortunately the same problem has affected many more parts of the BBC than just this person.

  3. vondreassen Says:

    Almost given up on BBC day news etc… try LBC folks much brighter and sometimes even amusing…tho Nige whatsisname has recently got his own ‘show’…

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