Thursday 19 December 2019

Former BBC man tilts at the Labour crown

So, we learn tonight that the second Labour MP to enter the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader is none other than Clive Lewis.

And who might he be (I hear passers-by asking)?

Well, seasoned BBC watchers will know that Clive (an early Corbynista) used to be a BBC reporter - indeed the main political reporter on the BBC's Politics Show East.

And, if they read our blog, they'll also know that Corbynista Clive once well-and-truly dropped the BBC in it by boasting the following to a Momentum mob:
I was able to use bias in my reports by giving less time to one than the other. I reported on both but the angle and words and the language I used - I know the pictures I used - I was able to project my own particular political positions on things in a very subtle way.
I, for one, completely believed him about that. 

The BBC News website has, so far, treated Corbynista Clive kindly, with links to his Guardian article and direct quotes, but (so far) no criticism, and (so far) no mention whatsoever that he ever worked for the BBC.

In contrast, the Sky News website, while reporting the same story, has lobbed in a good deal more:
In 2017, Mr Lewis faced criticism from politicians on both sides of the chamber after a clip of him emerged telling a man to "get on your knees b****" during a comic quiz held at a fringe event during Labour's Brighton conference. 
He apologised "unreservedly" and said the language he used was "offensive and unacceptable". 
He was also accused of pinching a female Labour member's bottom at the Momentum The World Transformed festival - organised by the pro-Corbyn group - but he was later cleared of sexual harassment after an internal investigation.
All of which is only adding to my perennial feeling that we often only get half the story (at best) from the BBC, when it suits them.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the reminder of the Clive Lewis confession of politically motivated BBC, they can't really deny that can they? (!) - even though they will try.

    He was a previous star wasn't he? Then the Me Too activities emerged and he was less so. I suspect even slow witted RLB will be able to see him off.


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