Saturday, 10 December 2016

"Who is in the dock?"

I recently read a comment (somewhere) recalling one of Charles Moore's key questions when it comes to assessing BBC bias: "Who is in the dock?" 

("In almost all major stories, you can tell very quickly who this is", said Mr Moore).

Catching up with this week's editions of Newsnight, I tried to follow this question through and came up with the following list:

  • Rupert Murdoch and Putin's Russia on Friday.
  • Saudi Arabia, Boris Johnson and the "old, male, white" UK judiciary on Thursday.
  • The Tories, Brexit, the Assad regime and (possibly) Trump on Wednesday.
  • People traffickers and the Egyptian government, Mrs May's government (over Brexit), selection and streaming in schools, (possibly) Trump, and Twitter on Tuesday.
  • The EU (though the case against it wasn't pushed), the UK's unwritten constitution, the Assad regime/Putin's Russia on Monday. 

I wasn't overly surprised. 

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