Beyond the EU vote, the BBC continue to perpetuate their bias, agitating for a further referendum. Their bias comes in these three main forms, from what I can see:
1. PRIORITIZATION: The prioritization of news stories in favour of the EU and the de-prioritization/omission of stories that would support the Leave vote.
2. BALANCE OF COVERAGE: The balance of coverage within stories in terms of the strength of arguments put on both sides.
3. ASSOCIATION & OPINION: The negative (and spurious or unreasonable) linkages and associations made between Leave and various unsavory and unpopular causes (aka Nazis, National Front etc), without reciprocal linkages between (e.g.) the left and anti-Semitic groups or religious extremists. The presentation of this opinion as journalism.
Specifically, today (5 July), as I look:
On the main page, the Brexit related stories are the five below, providing an example of bias type 1 & 2:
1.”Romanians in UK left anxious by Brexit vote”
2.”Universities take a knock post Brexit”
3.”Carney hits the reassurance button”
4.”Would Brexit violate UK civil rights”
5.”What do the Americans think of Brexit”
Of these headlines, 1 & 2 are clearly negative; 3 & 4 serve to raise doubt and fear; 5 appears neutral until the content is read – as per below.
Re: Headline #5: “What do the Americans think of Brexit” – http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/item/750ae2d5-82b6-4689-9d03-e43a8db5ecb6?intc_type=singletheme&intc_location=threeonline&intc_campaign=threeonline&intc_linkname=article_americansonbrexit_contentcard1
This showed an example of Bias type (2): The article admits 80% of Americans supported Brexit pre-poll. In the article, three members of the public all disagree there is similarity between American and British independence. 3 out of 4 Americans then give negative views of Brexit. The fourth is only conditionally positive, acknowledging short term risks. This is clearly completely unrepresentative of the US sentiments.
Stories omitted from the BBC Online front pages today (Bias type 1 & 2) that should have been there – in the context that Immigration was a key topic include that:
-Migrant and refugee numbers entering the EU increased 60% year on year (Report published yesterday by the Organisation for Migration)
In terms of ongoing Bias (types 1 & 2)
– The BBC have also failed to note that Australia, Canada and New Zealand populations have favored Britain leaving, focusing on EU opinion rather than the global nations that Leavers now believe to be more relevant. Relaying such opinion would serve to bolster positivity and reduce doubt in the vote.
– The BBC have not provided the data showing the wider European lack of confidence in the EU and the strength of opinion, particularly, in France and increasingly in Germany. (Providing this picture would serve to illustrate that ‘Remain’ is not a stable or certain path and that the British are far from isolated in their intense skepticism towards the EU’s efficacy or integrity)
-When talking about immigration, the BBC have also only talked about number of immigrants enter the UK. (Bias type 3). Therefore, they have not talked about the far greater impacts of population rises caused from immigrant cohorts, which are the figures which might align more with people’s concerns on the Leave camp, due to the impact of demand on public services and jobs. The impact of reporting this as the BBC do serves to underplay the impact of the issue that many are concerned about, by presenting the upcoming impact as less than it is.