Newsnight Interview Activist Doctor Without Health Warning

The BBC last night featured a fanatical anti-Tory campaigner as an ‘independent expert’ critiquing health app Babylon. Newsnight did not see it fit to mention his views, which may have informed his criticism of a private company stepping on the toes of his state industry.

David Watkins (who posed on Twitter as ‘Dr Murphy’) has been a fanatical campaigner against the Tories for years. He has alleged so-called “privatisation” andTory deconstruction of the NHS, calling on followers during the election to not “fall for the social media game play of Matt Hancock and the Conservatives.

He calls Conservatives dishonest for factually claiming that NHS spending has risen, tweeted #YouCantTrustATory, save lives, don’t vote Tory, you can’t support social justice and the Torys [sic]”, and this Tory government should have come with a health warning.”

This is just the latest in a long line of ‘experts’ presented as if they were independent, who are in reality hard core left-wing campaigners. Recently including…

  • Sky News’ GP who was actually a prominent labour activist
  • The BBC’s Genome expert who was actually an antisemitism denying Corbynista
  • The BBC’s Cuba expert who was actually a friend of Seumas Milne
  • Sky News’ “council house occupant” who was actually a national Labour Students officer
  • Victoria Derbyshire’s independent gun murder expert who was actually Labour Party NEC member and now MP Claudia Webbe
  • Radio 4’s report author who was actually a far left campaigner
  • Newsnight’s parent governor who was actually a Labour activist
  • Sky News’ “focus group” which was actually full of Remain Campaign activists
  • BBC’s “staff nurse” who was actually a top Corbynista and Party Political Broadcast star

All Guido is asking for is a little transparency…

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Is Labour Equally Responsible for the Media Pile-On?
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Portillo: I Do Not Believe the Licence Fee Can Survive

Portillo gave a good performance on Question Time last night, comparing the BBC’s reliance on the compulsory coerced licence fee to a polar-bear on an ever-shrinking block of ice. Biting the hand that feeds him…

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Labour Deputy Leadership’s BBC Bashing

As the future of the BBC hangs in the balance whilst No. 10 finally work out their policy on the licence fee, you would imagine the BBC are hoping at least Labour have their back. The latest leadership hustings snuffed out that fantasy…

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Left-Wing Groups Dominate the Airwaves

Despite claims made on Twitter whenever right-of-centre types appear on talk shows or panels, statist groups receive more media attention than free-market groups and are mentioned six times more frequently in the national media. According to our research, groups advocating higher spending have 40 times more funding and 37 times as many staff at their disposal than groups supporting lower spending. As a consequence, they unsurprisingly appear in the media far more often.

Using a media monitoring agency* we looked at media coverage for one week in the summer between the Tory leadership election and the general election. We found that well-funded groups advocating left-of-centre statist policies dominated coverage:

  • Think tanks and campaign groups advocating lower spending comprise just one in ten of the total prominent groups, yet around half of that total advocate higher spending.
  • Think tanks and campaign groups advocating higher public spending are mentioned in the national media six times more frequently than those advocating lower public spending.
  • Think tanks and campaign groups advocating higher public spending have 37 times as many staff at their disposal as those advocating lower public spending.

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Times Radio Poach John Pienaar

In a statement on Twitter, BBC News Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar has announced that he is jumping ship to the soon-to-be-launched Times Radio.

“after nearly three decades at the BBC I am leaving to join the soon-to-be-launched Times Radio as Drive Time presenter.”

It was reported this weekend that Murdoch is making lucrative offers to leading BBC presenters to lure them over; including better wages, editorial freedom and the chance to leave the BBC’s increasingly sinking ship. Nick Robinson’s name was one of those floated as being approached, along with Chris Mason. Who’s next?…
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