In a breathtaking display of hypocrisy the Labour party accused the BBC of pro coalition coverage, though I suspect it’s more down to the fact that Ed Millipede has less of a personality than Gordon Brown. I hated Brown with a passion for his anti-English attitude, his spite, his reckless financial management and his selling out our interests to the EU in the form of the Lisbon Treaty, whereas Millipede E usually just produces a “meh” reaction in a similar way to the mother of Gru in Despicable Me.
The Labour party has made a “serious complaint” to the BBC about a lack of political balance in its news coverage as it attempts to reinvigorate Ed Miliband’s leadership and counter what it sees as widespread media bias in favour of the David Cameron-led coalition.
The Observer has learned that Labour chiefs have written to the corporation raising concerns that its party spokesmen are not receiving their fair share of airtime at a time when they are neck and neck with the Tories in opinion polls.
It is understood that party officials have monitored invitations, and time given, to senior Tory and Liberal Democrat figures on the BBC’s main news outlets against that allotted to Labour counterparts. Their analysis has shown that Labour has been represented less than half as often as the coalition.
While acknowledging that the Tories and Lib Dems are in government and should therefore take precedence, they believe the imbalance has left Labour struggling to get its messages across. They have made their point to top BBC executives in forceful terms.
One source familiar with the dispute said Labour had made a “very serious complaint” to the relevant authories.
Labour insiders insisted on Saturday that the party was not “declaring war” on the BBC or “whingeing”, but merely holding the corporation to its obligation to show impartiality.
Now I’m well aware of the BBC’s position in that if both sides are complaining, they think they are being impartial, though the evidence over the years rather suggests that the dividing line on complaints is hardly central as Biased BBC has frequently pointed out with the BBC assuming that far left complaints and right wing complaints somehow put Labour in the middle, despite the fairly obvious bussing in of left wing activists to Question Time and the outright pandering to Labour spokesmen without an answering opinion in the Today Program amongst others.
I don’t know why Labour even think that somehow the dying dead tree press is behind their recent popularity nosedive, I rather suspect that their unpopularity is more down to the blogging world who constantly remind people just exactly who is to blame for the mess we’re in, something the BBC has never done (nor the Guardian oddly enough) Fact is, the BBC literally fell over themselves to trumpet the left wing cause of the Labour party during its time in power, their frequent use of right wing to describe the Tories along with the unsavoury BNP was an attempt to associate the right always with racism and extremism in a way that left wing never did for the excesses and folly of socialism, which in many countries combined racism and brutality beyond belief at times.
All I can assume is that the BBC itself feels under threat from the continuing exposing of its bias by various sites and feels the need to justify its credibility by a ridiculous accusation from the left.
Not a Sheep, sums it up a bit more succinctly though.