But generally speaking, the BBC’s modus operandi is far more subtle than dragging up inconsequential information about a political donor and packaging it into a ham-fisted hatchet job.
Leave.EU’s ally in the fight for a truly free media, News-Watch has performed outstanding work in diligently surveying the selection of guests on flagship programmes like Newsnight and Radio 4’s Today Programme, where only 37% of speakers were found to be either anti-EU or pro-Brexit in the run-up to this year’s general election. Startling when you consider leaving the European Union was the key policy of both the incumbent government and the opposition.
But it is not just the BBC. Today, the press made huge play of Boris Johnson’s guarantee to an audience in Poland that the residency rights of compatriots will be retained “whatever happens”. A deviation from the party line, yes, but there is absolutely zero prospect of the EU not meeting the UK on this issue. EU migrants in the UK outnumber their British counterparts on the continent and Ireland three to one.
Perhaps the media should pay more attention to honing their craft. Johnson’s speech took place on 18 October, the Guardian uncovered the story only yesterday.
David Davis found himself in similarly hot water to Johnson, which by any normal indicator would have been determined lukewarm, after putting a small question mark over a Parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal before March 2019. He was then forced to correct his comments.