Stephen Doughty's resignation provoked a storm on the social media [Image: Daily Mail].

Stephen Doughty’s resignation provoked a storm on the social media [Image: Daily Mail].

Is this an(other) example of the BBC’s right-wing bias? Let’s think.

Laura Kuenssberg (Tory) got wind that Stephen Doughty was resigning over the Labour reshuffle.

She then arranged for him to do it live on the BBC’s Daily Politics show, chaired by Andrew Neil (Tory) – right before Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, in order to ensure it had the maximum adverse impact on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.

The evidence seems incontrovertible: Of course it shows right-wing bias by the BBC’s newsgathering department; of course the BBC engineered the news.

Now all the apologists are scurrying around, trying to justify what happened after the Corporation was called out over the matter.

Too bad, boys and girls. You thought you could get away with it but you can’t.

They’ll do it again if they can, because – like the Tories they support – they don’t learn from their mistakes.

The BBC has been criticised after it emerged it arranged for shadow foreign affairs minister Stephen Doughty to quit live on air.

The Labour minister dramatically resigned on the BBC’s Daily Politics show moments before the start of Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

Mr Doughty was one of three shadow ministers to step down following the sacking of Europe spokesman Pat McFadden, who had criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s “soft” stance on terrorism.

In a blog post for the BBC’s Journalism Academy – which has since been deleted – the output editor for the programme, Andrew Alexander, explained how Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg had “sealed the deal” for Mr Doughty to exclusively break his resignation live on air.

But critics on Twitter have claimed this is a sign of the Corporation’s right wing “bias” and have accused it of “engineering the news”.

Source: Stephen Doughty: Labour MP’s on-air resignation ‘prearranged by the BBC’ | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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