Today

The BBC’s bias against the UK leaving the European Union was evident before the referendum, but tempered by what now seems like the false assumption that the country would vote to remain. In the immediate hours and days following the vote to leave, the BBC’s tone, commentary and interview style is more akin to the aftermath of an earthquake or terrorist attack than a decision taken by the public on a matter of federated legislative power and trading arrangements. I’m moved to verbalise my anger for one simple reason: most of the apparent consequences of the decision are not real, physical things, but driven by perception of the future impact of an actual change (which, of course, has yet to happen). The financial markets are, in fact, a collection of people who are as susceptible to the way news is presented as anyone else. The danger of self-fulfilling prophecy is now real and immediate, and the BBC’s blatant disregard for this danger, in following an editorial policy that is so clearly biased towards the premise that Brexit is some kind of catastrophe, makes it as much of a risk to the welfare of this country as any number of those it is now vilifying. This bias is evident across television and radio, but this morning’s Today programme epitomised it. In the interview with Alistair Darling, not once did Nick Robinson ask “what, specifically, are you afraid of?”, or “what actual changes might be the proximate cause of some tangible economic impact?”. The hostility towards Chris Grayling was, by contrast, marked and unconstructive. The Trust must act to stop the BBC helping to make the unsubstantiated consequences of Brexit, propagated by the Remain campaign, a reality.

3 Comments on “Today”

  1. J Hart

    Very well said. I noted the same in my complaint that the BBC appear to be attempting to make their assumption a reality and their behaviour is disgustingly irresponsible

  2. Julia Roles

    I have always supported the BBC, but I am very disappointed at the way it is portraying the will of the British people as some huge disaster. It is the BBC that is talking us into a disaster, and their biased reporting should be stopped before it does any more damage.

  3. Nick Handel

    I forgot the most outrageous bit of yesterday’s programme:

    Sarah Montague was interviewing a regretful leave voter:

    SM: How did you feel when you woke up to read the news?
    LV: [pause]
    SM: Did it make you feel sick???
    LV: [pause]…No, not really sick
    SM: Depressed, sad, desperate??? [etc. etc.]

    I expected Montague to ask permission to treat the witness as hostile. Really quite extraordinary.

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