The BBC is more negative about the EU than it is about Russia’s Vladimir Putin or China’s Xi Jinping, according to a new analysis.
It also found that, over the past 15 years, the corporation’s EU coverage has been far more often negative than it has positive.
At a presentation given in Brussels on Thursday, Zurich-based analysts Media Tenor argued that British TV, in particular the BBC, has failed to present a balanced view of the EU or enough coverage of how it affects the UK.
So, let’s ask ourselves what it is that we actually want the BBC to do. That being, well, tell us the truth, no? So, if the EU is that very spawn of Satan, the harbinger of Armaggeddon, we’d rather like the BBC to tell us so, right?
Or, we can run this same logic the other way around. If the coverage by such an impartial observer as the BBC of that EU is negative overall then the EU overall really is a bunch of cunts coming to steal our freedom, isn’t it?
And to be ever so slightly serious for a moment. That the BBC’s coverage of the EU is positive, negative or neutral doesn’t actually prove anything at all about bias within the BBC on the subject of the EU. Because it is actually possible that the EU is actually positive, negative or neutral for the UK.
No, obviously, I don’t believe that for a moment (I’m with the spawn of Satan crew) but the logic of this complaint is simply wrong. That the reporting is negative is not proof of bias. On any subject: if our reporting is that murder is a very bad thing then perhaps, you know, murder is a very bad thing. If the Beeb reports that the EU is a way for Fat German Socialists to gain power over Britain maybe that’s because the EU is a way for Fat German Socialists to gain power over Britain. As it actually is by the way.
Output does not prove bias.