The campaigning site 38 Degrees is hosting a petition where signatories may register their opposition to BBC ‘smear’ reports against Jeremy Corbyn.
The BBC has ‘form’ when it comes to attacks on Corbyn – dating back to the contrived, on-air resignation of Labour MP Stephen Doughty, which was planned with the help of BBC political reporters Laura Kuennsberg and Andrew Neil, and beyond.
At the time of writing, the corporation’s website is prominently featuring an article claiming members of the Labour leader’s new Shadow Cabinet are trying to get him to resign.
No names are mentioned and there is no supporting evidence to confirm the story’s factual accuracy.
In fact, we have evidence from Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham that suggests the story is untrue.
It seems the BBC’s Tory-run news department will continue to act in a partisan manner, against Mr Corbyn and its own Broadcasting Code, until action is taken to punish those responsible.
If you want to help, please visit 38 Degrees and sign the petition.
The BBC needs to be held to account for the spiteful and manipulative coverage of Jeremy Corbyn following the EU referendum and during the leadership coup, which is grossly in breach of Section 5 of the Broadcasting Code – Section 5 covering “Due Impartiality and Due Accuracy and Undue Prominence of Views and Opinions”
Why is this important?
The BBC’s news coverage of Jeremy Corbyn has always been overtly biased against him and his leadership of the Labour Party, but following the EU referendum and the subsequent leadership challenge BBC news coverage of Jeremy has degenerated into journalism which is nothing short of bullying, smear, lies and distortion.
Article 5.13 of the Broadcasting Codes states that ‘Broadcasters should not give undue prominence to the views and opinions of particular persons or bodies on matters of political or industrial controversy and matters relating to current public policy…” Undue prominence being “a significant imbalance of views aired within coverage of matters of political or industrial controversy or matters relating to current public policy.”
This code has not been adhered to and the BBC coverage, on both TV and radio, of Jeremy has been relentless, crass and of the lowest standard. There are now more and more incidences of the BBC misrepresenting the facts by cherry-picking and by omission, and it can’t be allowed to continue.
The most shocking attacks on Jeremy, however, have arisen as a result of the challenge to his leadership. By giving it a significantly imbalanced proportion of airtime, the BBC is broadcasting a significant imbalance of viewpoints.
By allowing former members of Jeremy’s cabinet to resign LIVE on air BBC news reporting has become nothing more than car-crash journalism and should be saved for reality TV and gossip magazines.
In supporting the leadership challenge by giving it ‘”undue prominence of views and opinions” the BBC is effectively helping to undermine democratic process .
By giving undue attention and airtime to this leadership challenge they are sending a message to the people – that ‘democratic process’ is there to be ignored when it suits the agenda of the establishment.
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