In his new book The FakeNews Factory: Tales from BBC-land David Sedgwick writes:
One of the most pervasive fake news tells of all manifests in the very different treatment meted out to those who agree with the BBC agenda (right-thinkers) and those who disagree with it (wrong-thinkers). An impartial organisation meanwhile would of course treat individuals fairly and equitably in spite of political affiliations.
I read that after listening to Mishal Husain interviewing Liam Halligan and Vicky Pryce on Today this morning. Liam Halligan is the 'wrong-thinker' on Brexit and Vicky Pryce is the 'right-thinker' on the subject of Brexit and, yes, they were treated in very different ways. Mishal interrupted, and challenged, and contradicted, and laughed at pro-Brexit Liam Halligan, and lobbed some pre-prepared, anti-Brexit 'ambush points' at him for good measure. In stark contrast, anti-Brexit Vicky Pryce got a completely free ride. In what possible way could this be considered impartial interviewing?
Still, we did learn that Liam Halligan likes cuttlefish, so that's something at least.
Congratulations to David Sedgwick who appears to be outselling Emily Maitlis in the Bestsellers Media Studies section on Amazon - sitting at number one with his previous book. His latest is at number 9.ReplyDelete