The BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, who has come under considerable criticism for pro-Tory, anti-Jeremy-Corbyn reporting.

Commentators on Laura Kuenssberg’s latest failure – this time, her misrepresentation of Jeremy Corbyn’s views on armed police – seem too keen to deal with the matter in isolation. Have they forgotten that the BBC’s errant political editor has a history of having to be lifted out of trouble by other people?

Who can forget the 38 Degrees petition, calling on the BBC to address Ms Kuenssberg’s apparent anti-Labour, pro-Tory bias? It was taken down after Kuenssberg supporters claimed it was being signed by sexist trolls, but research later showed that this was a lie – only one comment out of many hundreds could, in fact, have been taken as sexist. Just one.

I commented at the time that the accusations seemed to be a classic ‘diversion’ tactic, intended to take attention away from Ms Kuenssberg’s misreporting of Jeremy Corbyn’s cabinet reshuffle of January 2016, and focus it on a false accusation against her critics.

And Change.org put up a new petition (which is still running, it appears), making reasonable and legitimate points about her reporting.

And then there’s the so-called ‘hissy fit’ thrown by the media and Kuenssberg supporters including Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, after Ms Kuenssberg received a hostile reception when she tried to ask Mr Corbyn a question after he gave a speech in the run-up to the EU referendum last June.

She was initially prevented from speaking by a wave of hissing that erupted spontaneously around the hall, and Mr Corbyn had to ask for her to be allowed to speak.

This gave the mainstream media all the incentive they needed to report on Ms Kuenssberg’s reception, rather than the speech itself – and for Tom Watson to make a ridiculous protest against this spontaneous, direct and heartfelt response to the BBC political editor’s journalistic bias.

I passed comment on that as well.

Now the BBC’s own Editorial Standards Committee has upheld a complaint about an interview with Mr Corbyn (always Mr Corbyn, isn’t it?) – and sent the draft decision to the complainant. But this has since been withdrawn after (it seems) BBC News complained about it.

So, again, Ms Kuenssberg staggers on, with the aid of heavyweight supporters.

Meanwhile the BBC’s commitment to impartial reporting lies in tatters and it faces regular attack on the grounds that it is a mouthpiece for the Conservative Party.

How long will this farcical situation be allowed to continue?

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