2019: the year the media lost the plot

Fake news, conspiracy theories and hysteria have become the new normal for broadsheets and broadcasters.

Fraser Myers
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2019 was a shocking year for the British media. According to research by the Reuters Institute, there has been a marked decline in public trust in the news over the past few years. The proportion of people who trust the news media ‘most of the time’ has fallen from 51 per cent in 2015 to just 40 per cent in 2019. And who can blame them?

While the tabloids have always been well-known for being sensationalist, bombastic and politically partisan – indeed, that’s why people buy them – the most striking development has been the rapid descent of the supposedly ‘quality’ sections of the media. At times last year, the broadsheet press and the ‘impartial’ broadcasters lost all grip on reason and objectivity, disseminating fake news, conspiracy theories and outright hysteria.

In a year that started with the historic defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal and ended with Boris Johnson’s election victory – punctuated by several brushes with a No Deal Brexit – there were plenty of opportunities for journalists to become unhinged.

Brexit has proved particularly difficult for journalists to cover objectively. Most broadcast journalists, in particular, clearly support Remain and don’t do much to hide it. For instance, when John Humphrys retired from the Today programme this year, he recalled the ‘grim’ expressions on BBC bosses’ faces on the day of the Leave result. Although he himself voted Remain, he lamented that there was ‘no attempt to pretend that this was anything other than a disaster’ at the BBC.

The prospect of a No Deal Brexit revived Project Fear on steroids. The BBC swapped measured analysis for ludicrous scare stories. Food-industry lobbyists were invited on to Today to say that food would run out and would need to be stockpiled or even rationed. Other BBC reports said there would be too much food and nowhere to store it. A deranged Newsnight report (with scary music to boot) claimed that ‘45,000 dairy cows could be culled’ in Northern Ireland as a result of No Deal. If the thought of thousands of cow carcasses didn’t spoil your appetite, Brexit would also ruin your chicken dinner. If the unfolding dystopia turned you to drink, Brexit would probably ruin that as well by changing the taste of whisky (the BBC report ends with the quite important caveat that it wouldn’t actually change anything). If all that news made you feel really unwell, then No Deal was probably going to finish you off – the retired chief medical officer asserted on Today that Brexit would mean more ‘deaths’.

One of the BBC’s flagship politics show, Question Time, had an overwhelmingly pro-Remain bias. As shown on spiked earlier this year, overall there were two Remainers on the panel for every Leaver. When pro-Brexit guests were invited on to give their views elsewhere on the Beeb, it wasn’t pretty. In a debate about parliament blocking Brexit, Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis changed the subject to accuse Rod Liddle of peddling ‘constant casual racism’. ‘The bile that you spew up has to be who you are’, she said. A complaint from a member of the public that Maitlis was ‘sneering’ and ‘bullying’ was upheld.

Unable to get to grips with Brexit, journalists had to invent increasingly wacky theories to explain the public’s commitment to leaving the EU. The Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr has been pushing ever-more elaborate conspiracy theories about Brexit involving Cambridge Analytica, Russian money, Russian bots, Russian disinformation and Russia Today. Cadwalladr’s work talks of ‘dark forces’ out to ‘hijack’ democracy. It is littered with caveats like ‘we can’t be sure’ or ‘Is it true? Who knows?’, and with ‘questions’ that are always ‘swirling’. In 2019, Netflix produced a film based on her Alex Jones-style theories about Facebook controlling the sheeple’s minds. She was even nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Sadly, she is now being sued by Brexit-backing businessman Arron Banks for her frequent insinuations that a covert, corrupt relationship with the Russian government is behind his support for Leave.

While the mass vote for Brexit continued to provoke hysteria some three years later, lots of journalists got overly excited about several Westminster bubble non-events. The arrival of The Independent Group (aka Change UK) on the political scene in February sent Remoaner journalists giddy as they breathlessly predicted that these no-mark MPs ‘could yet change politics’. ‘There is no reason this can’t succeed’, declared one prominent cheerleader. In June, during the Conservative leadership contest, all the polls said Boris Johnson was miles ahead, but the media were instead gripped by ‘Rorymania’. ‘The Tories have found a proper star’ in Rory Stewart, gushed ITV’s supposedly impartial Robert Peston. By the end of the year, Change UK could only contest three seats in the General Election – losing all three – while Rory Stewart is out of the Commons and out of the Conservative Party.

Broadcasters’ opinions often got the better of them. The head of Channel 4 News, Dorothy Byrne, made it known, in a major speech, that she thought prime minister Boris Johnson was a ‘coward’ and a ‘known liar’ and that she wanted her broadcasters to call him that. Such character judgements are not objective journalism. They are opinion, not news. During the election, Channel 4 clearly set out to influence the news agenda rather than report on it. It hosted the first-ever leaders’ debate on climate change, despite the fact that every man and his dog knew the election was really about Brexit. There was also no ‘debate’ to be seen, as none of the parties disagreed on the issue in any substantive way.

Social media gave political journalists ample opportunity to give us their unfiltered thoughts and takes. Peston, Sky’s Lewis Goodall and the BBC’s Emma Barnett presumably thought they were being extremely clever by hiding their views behind phrases like ‘Regardless of your political view’ or ‘Whatever you think about X’ before proceeding to instruct voters on how to feel about contentious issues.

While social media gave us an insight into the biases of broadcast journalists – whose work is supposed to be impartial – the need to get stories on to social media quickly also tripped up many journalists. During the election, ITV’s Peston and the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, both tweeted out fake news about a Tory aide being punched by a Labour activist. The police confirmed there had been no incident and video footage proved that beyond doubt. The fake stories were tweeted on the say-so of Tory sources – senior journalists never bothered to verify the truth.

The great irony was that after years of screeching and handwringing over Russian bots, dodgy tabloids and errant bloggers, 2019 confirmed that mainstream, ‘quality’ media outlets have now become the biggest source of nonsense in the land.

Fraser Myers is a staff writer at spiked and host of the spiked podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @FraserMyers.

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Comments

Gordon Bennett

3rd January 2020 at 1:18 pm

The license fee is an anachronism, hopefully the government abolish this outdated tax. Any remanence of impartiality to which the BBC could attest has been washed away by a tidal wave of left wing ‘progressive’ nonsense. BBC news is diet coke to channel 4’s full sugar alternative, if good health is the aim, best not to drink either variety.

Marvin Jones

6th January 2020 at 3:23 pm

Sky and ITV are no better Gordon. Remember Kay Burley’s Oscar performance with Boris’ empty chair rant? Now there’s an intellect for you.

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 11:18 am

As I forecasted now that it’s gone quiet on the Brexit front.. ie the MSM lost the battle and possibly realize it they are now all out on climate change.
We had Australia on both BBC and SKY ( both the same now ) last night harrowing footage galore but unfortunately forgot to tell us that the temp in Australia is within normal parameters historically. They failed to mention that the environmentalists have banned the clearing of bushwood undergrowth and firebreaks, which are the main contributor to these fires, they also fail to mention the arsonists who start many of these fires.
Just how does 38 degrees start a fire ?
The BBC them moved across to Zambia and it’s drought.. like Zambia has never had droughts before. They tell us that the farmers cannot grow crops so they resort to burning wood for charcoal to sell. Actually they produce charcoal as that is the only fuel they have to cook food on.
What we have is weather in its normal historically recorded parameters being promoted as extraordinary .. it simply isn’t.

Noel Mac

3rd January 2020 at 10:07 pm

Correct.

IAN WALMSLEY

8th January 2020 at 10:04 pm

At last count here in Australia, there have been over 180 arrests of arsonists in this latest wave of bushfires. Anyone interfering with a Public Road Bridge can get up to life imprisonment, but light a fire in this country and you may get little more than a slap on the wrist. Maybe the Courts will be more severe this time around. There has been talk of Eco-Warriors being involved with the purpose of furthering their Global Warming/Climate Change cause.
An increase in the number of National Parks with no corresponding increase in qualified fuel reduction Officers and other staff plus, as you say Jerry, the Green influence on controlled burning during the cooler months, plus a record drought have all come together to blow up in the Politicians faces. The same Politicians who have done nothing to address the recommendations from the 2002-03 Royal Commission on how to lessen the effects of wildfires. These included fuel reduction, controlled burns and among other things, to increase the number of firefighting aircraft on standby in Australia. We shouldn’t have to be hiring aircraft from the U.S. every fire season. The fires of 2002-03 burnt out almost four million Hectares around Canberra and Victoria.
Another problem which I heard from a Fire Control Officer (a Fireman in other words) was the fact that they have so many complaints from Sydney residents about smoke from controlled burns that they cannot hope to do the area in hectares they need to do. Sydney people don’t like the smoke? Well, they are going to have to bloody well like it now, only 1000 times as much.
But no. When smoke drifted into the Sydney basin from a fire in the Wollemi National Park, the scream went up that the PM, Scott Morrison was not doing enough about Climate Change!
Some people are so stupid that they think that lowering the temperature by one or two degrees will stop wildfires in Australia.
Unfortunately, some of these people are Politicians. Greens included.

Graham Bailey

3rd January 2020 at 9:56 am

One of the headlines (!) on the BBC website today: ‘Lib Dem MP announces she is pansexual’ – we’re still at ‘peak w*nk’ as Rod Liddle would say.

Please, please Boris, abolish the licence fee, there’s a good chap.

Gordon Bennett

3rd January 2020 at 1:35 pm

Pansexual, is that an attraction to goatees? Seriously though, the government need to bring this lot into line post haste! Abolish the license fee and let them attempt to privately fund their propaganda, the public should not foot the bill for their flagrant indulgence.

Noel Mac

3rd January 2020 at 10:09 pm

Hahaha . Go “ pan sexual “ !

Mister Joshua

4th January 2020 at 5:42 pm

Abolishing the licence fee isn’t anywhere nearly good enough. De-fund the universities that have by now degenerated into ideological one-party states. Look at the freak show our universities have become and remind yourself, this where our future lawyers, judges, teachers, journalists, and government bureaucrats are being indoctrinated. It’s scary.

David Alanson

2nd January 2020 at 10:39 pm

It is surprising anyone voted Tory considering the sustained pro Labour and Lib Dem propaganda put out by the media.

I think many of us see it for what it is – indoctrination and we don’t like it.

Michael Lynch

3rd January 2020 at 12:04 am

Exploding the myth that the lower orders are somehow thick and stupid and can be easily manipulated. Far from it, we have seen right through their BS and anyone else’s for that matter. They call themselves the educated and yet they haven’t the sense of a child when it comes to dealing with real people living real lives.

Steve Roberts

2nd January 2020 at 6:37 pm

A well researched and evidenced article which also clearly expresses the authors judgement and opinion reached. And their is the real lesson and optimism in the article, question everything from all sources and make your own judgements.
Do not expect objectivity and neutrality, that is frankly naive and relativistic, one has to think, always, with a critical mind.
This is the way to approach all journalism,all correspondence even the verbal, it does not lead to cynicism, it is born from reality, our own judgementalism needs to be reinvigorated reinstated and start from the premices above.
When there is relative social peace,a lack of serious political contestation,as there has been for a very long time prior to the referendum, then while most people understand there is bias and misrepresentation it remains at that level a grudging grumbling but not too important.
And yet as the article points out when the political stakes are raised,when there is a possibility that the status quo can be seriously unsettled, the bias and misrepresentation becomes more overt and rabid, visceral even, not much has really changed in how the established order and the media class regard most of us, but their needs warrant and expose the levels they will go to defend their way of life and dominance, time we learnt that lesson too. They are the few, they have tried everything to detract the majority from their stated political position, in that they have failed for this one battle, but they will intensify their methods, we must accept this will not change, it is our vigilance and continuing understsnding who these people are and what they represent that gives an optimistic note,they are exposed and compromised they are for the status quo, we the many must Insist they know we are continually watching them and treat them with critical contempt and suspicion,question everything.

James Knight

2nd January 2020 at 5:36 pm

Not to mention the Guardian reporting the 11,000 scientists warning the world was going to end due to climate “emergency”. A petition that had no proper quality control or peer review that almost anyone could sign it, including Mickey Mouse. Obviously the Guardian didn’t bother doing any serious fact checking of it’s own.

They promote conspiracy theories about fake news & Russian bots undermining democracy when it is the mainstream media that has done so much to undermine public faith in journalism. It is not the gullible people who believe anti-vaxers who are the main problem, it is the mainstream media and journalists who are gullible and copy paste fake news.

Michael Lynch

2nd January 2020 at 4:22 pm

The BBC are going to have to do some serious thinking now that Boris wants to decriminalize non payment of the license fee. They’ll have to win back the working classes if they wish to survive the storm that is coming. That means no more political correctness, virtue signaling, pandering to Pakistani rape gangs by keeping mute about the scale of the problem, no more helicopter trips over famous white people’s houses and no more selective outrage and Brexit lectures via their newscasts. If they don’t cater for their new masters then they are done for. I’m sure it’ll take the dimwits at the top months to the understand what’s blindingly obvious to the rest off us though. Perhaps they need to start employing a few more working class people with a bit of common sense instead of continually relying on middle class twats.

steven brook

2nd January 2020 at 3:15 pm

Carole Cadwalladr won the Orwell Prize!
“This year’s winner – Carole Cadwalladr – deserves high praise for the quality of her research and for her determination to shed fierce light on a story which seems by no means over yet.”

Andrew Mawdsley

3rd January 2020 at 2:42 pm

Steven. I’m sorry but are you being ironic? Please forgive my ignorance if you are, but I’m astonished that anyone would think she was anything other than a hysterical reactionary who lost the argument.

Chris Stapleton

2nd January 2020 at 1:22 pm

“Such character judgements are not objective journalism. They are opinion, not news.”

Come off it. It’s not a matter of opinion. They are not journalists and it is not news, they are political activists. The penny has dropped during the Brexit blocking Parliament and the last General Election. The so-called journalists broke cover and revealed themselves for what they are because of the desperation of the Remain blockers. We have come to see right through them.

Tim Wheeler

2nd January 2020 at 12:45 pm

Did anyone see the Laura Kuenssberg documentary ‘The Brexit Storm Continues’. I was gob-smacked that she made absolutely no attempt to disguise the fact that she was campaigning passionately to overturn the referendum in every action she took and every statement she made. And that’s the BBC chief political correspondent paid for my me through the licence fee!
Apparently I have to pay the BBC to mispresent and insult me!

Ven Oods

2nd January 2020 at 12:58 pm

My amusement knew no bounds when, after the programme was shown, Laura K was castigated by lefties as a right-wing shill. Presumably, they’d only have thought she was doing her job had she managed to nudge Boris under a bus when the cameras weren’t rolling.

Keith Lloyd

2nd January 2020 at 12:42 pm

In Ipswich we have a real ‘shocker’. Paul Geater is the Local Democracy(sic) journalist on the local Archant newspaper. He is, naturally, an ardent Remainer and leans toward Labour in his column. The response to Geater is heavily scathing but, in line with Archant’s corporate view, he writes unchallenged. I have formally offered to give an alternative view (unpaid) but have been ignored. The great feature of this biased reporting is that nobody really falls for it. Local readers are too clever to fall for his line. He is, in fact, doing something in the wind!

Jim Lawrie

2nd January 2020 at 5:50 pm

Sounds like his democracy is local to him and him alone.

Jim Lawrie

2nd January 2020 at 12:14 pm

Why would anyone watch a broadcast that insults their intelligence?
Numbers watching TV news continues to fall – virtually no-one in the 16-24 age group. 3.5m no longer pay the TV Tax.

Online funding through advertising means outlets have to pander to the target audience. So advertisers will drive the news agenda and reporting, whether they want to or not.
There is a need and a demand for news, but the partisan model is not going to fund it.
One major obstacle is the blasé attitude of youngsters to the truth, and hostility to balanced reporting. Taught to them throughout the education system and beyond. That, and the screaming down of those who utter it, is down to the left. All of the left. It is for them to repair the damage. The next 6 months in the Labour Party affords a great opportunity to do so.

Constantly hammering home agenda driven messages repels visitors. It is arrogant to think that people cannot spot such ploys. Worse still, it casts doubt on the rest of the site’s content.

Jonnie Henly

2nd January 2020 at 11:49 am

Is Spiked now okay with people attacking the media?

Because previously they have decried such actions as elitist and wrong.

Ven Oods

2nd January 2020 at 1:05 pm

Is mentioning stuff that happened ‘attacking the media’?
After the last three years, my diminishing trust of the MSM finally disappeared, and I recognised most of what this article described as the reason that happened.
Supposedly ‘serious’ correspondents found themselves unable to contain their bias and, with luck, will have damaged their careers.
It’s one thing for Ms L Allen to spout hearsay-based bollocks about current events and another entirely when the so-called ‘professionals’ do it.

Jonnie Henly

2nd January 2020 at 6:08 pm

Spiked seem to have a pretty negative view of the media here. That’s fine, in fact it’s entirely justified, but merely weeks ago we were being told that such an opinion was only held by elitist snobs. So what’s the line?

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 11:31 am

Aaw and up pops little Jonnie with, well … nothing to say except talk in meaningless riddles only understood by him as per usual !
Little Jonnie makes spam almost interesting.. only just though.

Jonnie Henly

4th January 2020 at 12:40 pm

Jerry, do you have some sort of bet going on to see how much you can comment while still saying nothing?

It would be somewhat impressive if it wasn’t so pathetic.

Neil McCaughan

2nd January 2020 at 3:09 pm

Our little conformist clucks the establishment line. From your ignoble beginnings as school sneak to your role as latter day Stasi informant, you are always there to shill for the powers that be, for money, privilege and position.
Thanks for swinging by.

Jonnie Henly

2nd January 2020 at 6:07 pm

When’s the role as a Stasi informant starting? Do tell.

Anyhow, is pointing out the hypocrisy of this piece “shilling” for anyone? Do explain that. How am I shilling for the “powers that be”?

steve moxon

2nd January 2020 at 10:21 am

The news media is appalling beyond hope: it is uniformly not only scientifically, historically and culturally illiterate, but willfully truth-inverting through being fully signed up to the complete nonsense that is ‘identity politics’.
Hardly anyone in news media seems to have so much as a science GCSE or is able to grasp even basic logic.
The more supposedly erudite the platform,. actually the worse is the output, with the Boob and 4 the worst of all.
All public subsidy of any kind should be scrapped.

Michael Gilday

2nd January 2020 at 10:09 am

14th December cancelling my Guardian Membership and transfering my subscription to Spiked:

“The Guardian has over the past few years produced and perpetuated a one-sided biased view of the Brexit debate. It has reflected views held by London elitist that does not represent the vast majority of people outside of London. By not presenting a balanced commentary it has become tiresome to a point that articles have not been worth reading. Now on reflection it scathes Labour (with whom I have presently no gist,) for taking a stance against the Referendum outcome of 2016.

It must be very apparent that the views shared and written by the journalist at the Guardian and the Editorial agenda have fallen well short of the expectations of the electorate in general. During the process I have become extremely disappointed by the Guardians stance and lack of balance in its articles. As at no point has it attempted to grasp the reason for the reaction against the EU.

Today, after the shock realisation that the roots of the Labour Party no longer exist. It is proposed that Labour needs to reconnect with the constituents in areas such as the North East or Derbyshire or it is doomed. Well as it stands now Labour is doomed for maybe the next 15 years or more to a political wilderness with infighting not seen since the 1980’s. If it will ever recover is debateable, as it presently stands London’s out of touch Labour Party will be irrelevant as will the Guardian in the future, as neither have anything to offer as a solution to the recent election result.”

I would often comment to articles but as one got more and more and more derogatory replies I gave up. The Gurdian used to be far more objective and far less left wing than it is today. It is a symptom of profit over balanced reporting and an out of touch opinionated media.

Ven Oods

2nd January 2020 at 1:08 pm

The Graun has been accurately labelled as an echo chamber. Any dissenting voices are reviled as ruining the acoustics. It probably won’t be with us much longer, and it’ll only have itself to blame.

Jonnie Henly

2nd January 2020 at 6:10 pm

Compared to almost every other media sight around, the Guardian is very much not an echo chamber.

You’d be hard pressed to find a sight with a similarly large viewership that has such a wide array of opinions, if not always above then certainly below the line.

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 11:38 am

Little Jonnie
Is this the same Guardian that has such a tiny readership it has resorted to begging me for money to read its stuff ?
Oh dear Little Jonnie in his fantasy world again.

Jonnie Henly

4th January 2020 at 12:39 pm

I think you’ll find Jerry that the readership of the Guardian’s website is higher than almost any other news outlet in Britain.

Certainly it’s far higher than Spiked’s.

Matt Ryan

2nd January 2020 at 10:02 am

You know the media have lost it when they have to revert to Fact Checking to appear like they are telling the true. Of course, no one is fooled as, if you only fact check things that support your agenda, you are lying by omission.

See anything from the BBC on the settled science of climate change.

Jerry Owen

2nd January 2020 at 11:30 am

.. ‘Seen anything from the BBC on the settled science of climate change’ .. Give them a chance, we’re still waiting for their herione St Greta to share her science !

Keith Lloyd

2nd January 2020 at 12:44 pm

I am tired of asking for the compelling scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change. Nobody ever gives it.

Ven Oods

2nd January 2020 at 1:10 pm

“I am tired of asking for…”

They’re probably still looking up ‘anthropogenic’.

Prospero X

2nd January 2020 at 1:30 pm

Keith, basically they are saying that the modest greenhouse effect of CO2 will be amplified into something catastrophic by, totally hypothetical, run-away positive feed-backs.

K Tojo

2nd January 2020 at 2:35 pm

Well now, Keith Lloyd, you must understand that in our increasingly feminised culture the only evidence for climate catastrophe we need to consider is the depth of Greta Thunberg’s despair the force of Emma Thompson’s outrage and the sincerity of Extinction Rebellion’s campaign.

Scientific study, as we all know, is simply a tool used by the patriarchy to obscure the emotional truth with inorganic mechanistic data.

Bridget Jones

2nd January 2020 at 9:30 am

The British MSM are all the Daily Mail now

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 11:40 am

Bridget Jones
What do you mean ?

Philip Humphrey

2nd January 2020 at 7:59 am

In the U.S., Fox News has over the last year or so has overwhelmingly got it right on issues such as the Mueller inquiry, the Kavanaugh appointment and the current impeachment. Its rivals CNN and MSNBC have consistently got it wrong, most notably with Rachel Maddow’s conspiracy theorising leading to the collapse of her ratings. Fox’s audience has held up while it’s leftist rivals are in decline. I’m pretty sure the reason why the media in the UK is so distrusted is because the BBC etc. take the same line as CNN and MSNBC and we have no equivalent of Fox News. There is no balance, and as a result there’s little trust in the media other than from a minority of leftists.

Neil John

2nd January 2020 at 7:38 pm

It’s plainly worse in Canada, where the formerly independent main stream media is being paid by the government directly, so all they produce is (un)TRUdeau positive stories. A few small, unwilling to be bought, outfits survive producing news reports the mighty shitty media wouldn’t dare to, and those are being targeted by Trudeau’s lawyers and the elections watchdogs, appointed by Trudeau, with threats and expensive to defend legal actions designed to break them financially.

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 11:36 am

Neil John
Trudeau and his ‘black ops’ presumably !!

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steve moxon

2nd January 2020 at 10:24 am

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2nd January 2020 at 11:00 am

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Keith Lloyd

2nd January 2020 at 12:45 pm

Yes…delete it please!!

Ven Oods

2nd January 2020 at 1:12 pm

That’s all very well for those of you who don’t need to make ‘over $15k every month’, but do think of the rest of us…

Dominic Straiton

2nd January 2020 at 6:03 pm

I wouldn’t get out of bed for 15k a month.

Jerry Owen

4th January 2020 at 12:40 pm

I don’t think Harper Mia does either .. !

K Tojo

2nd January 2020 at 1:31 am

By “quality media outlets” I assume that Fraser Myers is refering to our TV News channels. As I mentioned in another comment on this site, there is so much crossover between Sky News and BBC and other TV news channels that they just look like the work of a close knit, London based, broadcast news community. The same old Left-liberal world view prevails week after week because the TV companies are staffed with the same old Left-liberals.

The media bods may have lost the plot in 2019 but they won’t lose their role in public life anytime soon. After all, who would replace them?

Ven Oods

2nd January 2020 at 1:13 pm

“After all, who would replace them?”

I’d settle for The Muppets.

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 11:33 am

I flick between BBC and SKY for news, not only do they cover the same stories, and let’s not forget their are a million and one newsworthy items every day on this planet to report on. But they invariably report on their selected stories in the same order as well. Cartel springs to mind.

Steve B

3rd January 2020 at 9:25 pm

Used to flick between BBC and ITV for news, then added Sky, but now find myself spending more time watching Al Jazeera (English) occasionally Deutsche Welle (but they’re mostly as irritating as German politics) and France 24 and even Russia Today. The BBC, in particular, seems to now spend its time reporting on stuff that doesn’t matter, or on something about Africa. Even CNNs coverage of European sport – including cricket! – is better than BBC World…

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