Regardless of the eventual outcome of the tortuously protracted complaints procedure, people will form their own judgements on the basis of the evidence. And it’s difficult to see how anybody might fail to conclude that the BBC has yet again been exposed as manipulative, deceitful and untrustworthy.
What is, perhaps, most disturbing is the fact that the kind of dubious conduct exposed by this case and countless others (see the documentary, London Calling: BBC bias during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum) is not immediately recognised as a gross dereliction of journalistic standards and an abysmal failure of management oversight but, rather, is thought to justify some professional award.
The impression given is that the BBC is far less concerned with maintaining standards than with maintaining appearances. It doesn’t matter what cause there is for complaint, so long as management can contrive to have that complaint rejected or, at least, made to appear questionable, then their job is done. There is no effort to address the issue that provoked the complaint. Only to draw a veil over it.
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