Registered On: September 7, 2015
I don’t think Nick’s tweet is any worse than what Gary Linekar does (and I agree with the latter on a lot of things), in that he’s using his social media platform as a means of expressing a view. It doesn’t even give away a bias, in that he is just stating a fact. We can all interpret motive, but that is from reading between lines; we could, in theory, be mistaking this just for an attempt at irony. Of course the BBC are trying to move away from this, but I was never fussed about that to begin with. That’s a non-issue inflated by culture warriors.
They’re television journalists, and they love to try and stir the pot with politicians. They do it less often with the government, but that could well be because the BBC has been hamstrung by a government wanting to control it. Journalists who dare to step out of line could be sidelined. Of course we can all judge these journalists to be guilty of overstepping the mark here and ‘following orders’ is not a good enough excuse against principle. My point is that the root of the problem could be higher up than any of the three before mentioned journalists.