BBC Website ‘Balance’ is a Joke

This a snapshot of the front-page of the BBC website as of 10 this morning:

It reads like a Labour press release, with each election story given the best possible pro-Labour slant to it. Where are Cameron’s, Osborne’s or Major’s attacks on Miliband on the same subject? Why is Labour’s nursing policy presented without question? Where is any other party on the front page?

Click through to the BBC’s Election 2015 hub, and it’s even less balanced:

Not a single Tory or LibDem featured story. Miliband’s SNP angle on Cameron is presented twice at the top of the page, yet no such treatment for the Tory response or any counter argument. Labour’s spin quote on the NHS is included in a headline and it’s topped off with a 36 hour old puff piece about Miliband taking a selfie. Where are UKIP? Where are the Greens, where are the LibDems?

Sinn Fein aren’t even going to turn up to Parliament, yet their begging bowl is considered a more significant story by the BBC website editor than the intervention of Sir John Major or Lord Forsyth. Nor a mention of UKIP’s business letter this morning. How this could possibly be spun as fair and balanced?


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