Hold the front page! Stop the presses! This is the biggest news since the sinking of the Titanic!
The BBC’s PM programme tonight devoted over one third of its time to the awesome story that two no-confidence motions tabled in Liverpool’s Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP), against their MP Luciana Berger had been withdrawn. 22 minutes out of 60 devoted mostly to anti-Labour speculation, some of it admittedly coming from right-wing Labour MPs. What more does this say about the bias in the BBC? They took great care not to give any airtime to critics of the MP – and before I go any further, all Labour MPs will have their critics in the party. Is there really nothing else happening in the world which is more worthy of our attention? (Climate change springs to mind – there are truly awful stories to be reported on that every day.)
I hasten to add that I don’t want to be fed a diet of information which only accords with my views, far from it. What I do want –especially from the BBC – is balance. From the broadcast media we are clearly not going to get that until the next general election is called. Is it worth complaining yet again? Perhaps I should write in and ask them to produce a bit more coverage of other CLP motions – I suspect there’s plenty of them on homelessness, poverty, social care, austerity, government incompetence and waste, fighting fascism, etc., etc.
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