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To think that the BBC are showing a clear labour bias?

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blaeberry Thu 01-Jun-17 01:09:47

I am basing this mostly on their news webpage. Over the last two weeks Corbyn has been smiling, looking benevolent, or standing at a podium on the BBC news home page nearly every day. Each time the headline has been pretty positive 'labour announce that' type thing. In contrast, May has been almost completely absent and Tory headlines have been negative 'Tories shown to be wrong'. I noticed this a few weeks ago so have been screen shot-ting a couple of times a day for the last two weeks (yes a bit mad I know). I have noticed a similar trend with the Radio 4 headlines though haven't been able to check that one. The question time audience last week was unquestionably partisan.

I did wonder if the Tories had hidden May or just decided not to bother campaigning but even then I thought the BBC were meant to be impartial?

Teabagtits Thu 01-Jun-17 01:14:43

Yabu - I'm not a labour supporter but I've got to say for years the BBC has been the Tory propaganda channel so if it seems they're appearing more left wing perhaps it's just that they're not singing the Tory song so loud right now and not showing actual bias.

NSEA Thu 01-Jun-17 01:14:47

It isn't bias to report On news just because the Labour Party are on the left.

I think it's because you're so used to major news sources being so far right (whatever you read)0 that anything to the left of that (or neutral ) seems bias to the left.

nocoolnamesleft Thu 01-Jun-17 01:16:22

The Beeb has been repeatedly slagging off Corbyn for months. As it happens I don't like Corbyn, but the degree of bias has still been embarrassing.

mumtomaxwell Thu 01-Jun-17 01:17:24

Sorry have you listened to/watched Laura Kuensburg at any point during this campaign??? She's the BBC's political editor and is so unbelievably biased towards the Tories I can no longer watch her reports.

CaveMum Thu 01-Jun-17 01:21:25

If people on both sides are claiming that the BBC are biased against them then it sounds to me like they are actually getting the balance just right.

AnnaFiveTowns Thu 01-Jun-17 01:22:36

I'd say the opposite. Most of the BBC's political correspondents are Tory supporters. Paxman is a Tory. I always feel they are blatantly biased towards Tories.

The audience in the debate tonight though didn't seem to be very supportive of the Tories - but it could be that the others were just more vocal.

AnnaFiveTowns Thu 01-Jun-17 01:23:23

I think Cave Mum has a point.

avamiah Thu 01-Jun-17 01:25:04

Teabagtits,
Totally agree with you.

CaveMum Thu 01-Jun-17 01:27:01

I live near Cambridge, it's a left-wing seat having swung from Lib Dem to Labour by a small majority at the last election. There will have been few Tory supporters in the audience last night.

SheffUK Thu 01-Jun-17 01:28:02

The reason that May hasn't featured as much is due to her keeping a relatively low profile.

Corbyn's failure to recollect a childcare figure was refreshed every 20-30 minutes on the live news feed yesterday and was the main headline on the BBC's homepage.

I think the BBC have tried to remain impartial but have fallen short - mainly due to the bias of some editors.

MsPavlichenko Thu 01-Jun-17 01:29:03

LOL
Corbyn is out campaigning and talking to folk so the BBC have to report it (is the law during elections). LP announce policy every day so the BBC have to report it (is the law during elections).

May AWOL, TP have nothing to announce so the BBC have to report this (is law during elections).

You'll be taken aback because when it wasn't the law Corbyn was ridiculed and ignored.

JimmyGrimble Thu 01-Jun-17 01:33:05

I live near Cambridge, it's a left-wing seat having swung from Lib Dem to Labour by a small majority at the last election. There will have been few Tory supporters in the audience last night
It was an invited audience. Based on current standings in the polls and split according to those who voted Brexit or Remain. So plenty of Tory supporters in the audience. They just didn't seem to agree with Amber Rudd.

caroldecker Thu 01-Jun-17 01:36:26

The BBC genuinely try to be neutral. However, they are mainly a London based liberal leftie group who support remain and dislike socialism. They are unaware of their own bias, which is generally left but not as far as Corbyn.

JimmyGrimble Thu 01-Jun-17 01:40:31

No it isn't. The BBC is acknowledged to have a right wing bias. It has certainly had a bias against JC all the way through this election. BBC news is based in Salford. I think they are aware of their own bias.

Ravenblack Thu 01-Jun-17 01:45:09

The media is quite left wing imo. (excluding several newspapers.)

And most celebrities are too!

The BBC are quite left imo, and also very anti-brexit.

Well there are probably some right wing celebrities, but they won't dare admit it or they will be eaten alive by the extreme left on social media. Twitter is the worst! I am not right wing, but people on twitter and rabid!

mycatsmellsnice Thu 01-Jun-17 01:52:27

OP are you kidding?! The BBC and the majority of the media are so clearly right wing. Whether you support him or not Corbyn has been dreadfully maligned and misrepresented in the mainstream media. I have refused to watch the BBC news for over a year now because I want to see a more balanced representation of political parties and policies before I decide who I should vote for. I've been shocked and appalled at their treatment of Corbyn.

The audience on these election programmes are chosen specifically to represent the general public and their political views. May is absent at the moment because she chooses to be, not because she's not getting fair air time.

JimmyGrimble Thu 01-Jun-17 01:56:48

*The media is quite left wing imo. (excluding several newspapers.)

And most celebrities are too!

The BBC are quite left imo, and also very anti-brexit.

Well there are probably some right wing celebrities, but they won't dare admit it or they will be eaten alive by the extreme left on social media. Twitter is the worst! I am not right wing, but people on twitter and rabid!*
Absolute rubbish.
Poll from YouGov:
www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/british-media-is-the-most-right-wing-in-europe-yougov-finds-a6859266.html

www.newstatesman.com/2017/05/right-wing-newspaper-headlines-bring-bias-bbc
The most right wing media in Europe.

Ravenblack Thu 01-Jun-17 02:05:16

So JIMMY; you are saying many celebs are NOT left wing? And the right wing are NOT scared to admit it?

Absolute rubbish.

JimmyGrimble Thu 01-Jun-17 02:09:24

People in the arts have always historically leaned towards the left. That is their choice. You have Noel Edmonds and Jimmy Saville (ooops)
If the right wing are scared or ashamed to admit their allegiances then perhaps they should have a think about changing them. No?

mycatsmellsnice Thu 01-Jun-17 02:14:14

Thank you for the links Jimmy, Proof/pudding and all that.

Raven why do you think right wing celebrities get eaten alive on social media more than left wing ones do? Isn't t'internet completely democratic?

Ceto Thu 01-Jun-17 02:16:21

You must be joking. Laura Kuenssberg is notorious for her anti-Labour bias.

Valentine2 Thu 01-Jun-17 02:17:32

Or it could have been the fact that Rudd was so openly defending the rogue policies of her government, from defending Saudis supporting terrorism while getting plied with our weapons to the food banks and NHS nurses having to use it.
YABU Op. I think it is not BBC's fault Tories have turned this country into a mess. If anything, BBC has served Tories well. They can't do much in a live debate to stop the truth getting applause though, can they?

JimmyGrimble Thu 01-Jun-17 02:17:53

Mycatsmellsnice
You are very welcome my love.smile

mycatsmellsnice Thu 01-Jun-17 02:27:57

Laura Keunssberg was found by professional standards to have deliberately misquoted and misrepresented Jeremy Corbyn in her journalistic reports a few months ago. Did she get a reprimand or suspension? Did she hell. Anyone else doing that in a professional role would have had to deal with a consequence.

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