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Why accusations of 'BBC left-wing bias' are bollocks

12 May 2015 - 6:41pm -- Joseph

Right, a quick word on this 'BBC left-wing bias', if I may...

The BBC does not have a left-wing bias. I've heard that the BBC tends to have a slight bias of sympathy towards current governments. Sorry, can't corroborate that, forgot where I heard it.  Certainly I found it to be true over the last five years.  I felt the BBC was too accepting of the government line and slowly stopped going to the BBC as a source of news as a result (that and the yellow redesign of the football pages that I just couldn't get on with).

Nigel Farage was quite right in his observation that the BBC audience was 'extraordinarily left-wing' from his point of view.  The audience was carefully selected to be represent a range of (there are rules governing this shit, people), so of course it appeared to be left-wing to Farage, just about eveyone except Katie Hopkins is to the left of Farage.

Personally I now find the BBC to be somewhat right-wing, but then I'm mostly comparing it to the Guardian, so that's to be expected.

So if you find the BBC to be a bit left-wing, may I ask 'compared to what'? If the answer is that you're comparing it to any mainstream paper other than the Guardian, I'd like to point out that they're all owned by right-wing rich people. And you think the BBC has a bias? Come on, get a grip.

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