Emily Maitlis failed to appear on Newsnight after the BBC said her monologue about Dominic Cummings breached impartiality guidelines.
Ms Maitlis caused a politic storm when she opened Tuesday night’s BBC Two programme with the words
English can be funny at times. “Politic” means “polite” in such usage. Quite the opposite of “political” which is what they meant.
Although the BBC did not go as far as an apology, Maitlis was said to be furious that she and her colleagues had been publicly reprimanded and she did not appear as planned on Wednesday’s programme. The presenter Katie Razzall took her place….
And Ms Maitlis does have a point. Newsnight hasn’t been anywhere near impartial for some time now. They used to have Paul Mason as economics editor. Replacing him with someone who has gone on to be – or perhaps was, not sure which way around for Duncan Wheldon – a TUC economist. Not the sources likely to give us a balanced view of any economic matter.
So, the presenter wants to be Rachel Maddow? Why shouldn’t she be pissed off when her ambition is curtailed?