BBC Yields to Woke Backlash Over Scottish Gender Bill

The BBC has apparently started contracting out its editorial policy to the socially ‘progressive’ zealots at Pink News. Yesterday the corporation accurately reported “Controversial Scottish gender reforms to become law”. All seemed fair and dandy until Benjamin Cohen of the left-wing online news site kicked up a furore over the word ‘Controversial‘, with Cohen pretending theonly thing that’s ‘controversial’ about the law is that it’s not happened for trans people in the rest of the UK.” Sure Ben, sure…

The tweet scraped just over 3,000 likes, yet that didn’t stop the BBC from giving in to the woke mob and amending their article headline to read “Changing gender to be made easier in Scotland”. For reference, the dictionary definition of the word ‘controversial’ is “giving rise or likely to give rise to controversy or public disagreement,” which is frankly an understatement in the case of the Scottish gender bill…

The absurd editorial u-turn from the BBC in response to the tiniest pressure from ‘progressives’ now means that the corporation has articles labelling things such as mushrooms, oysters, Matt Hancock, the Police & Crime Bill, wooden seats in Lincolnshire and Richard III as “controversial”, just not the Scottish trans bill.

Guido hopes Benjamin Cohen has invoiced the BBC for his time…

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Pink News  Offers Happy News For Depressed Readers

Gay news website Pink News has updated its website today, giving distressed users the option of seeing only positive news stories about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

In a recent reader survey, 25% of respondents said they wanted help on days when they might need a “pick-me-up” – when they were not feeling up to “coping with some of the more depressing news stories.” The new ‘uplifting stories only’ option is “for when you want happy vibes”…

Explaining the move, Pink News said that now is “a time of continued anguish for the LGBTQ+ community”. Snowflakes seem to be making a comeback in the last few days…

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Kemi Sparks Fight with PinkNews on First Day of Equalities Brief

Kemi Badenoch has done a marvellous job of winding up all the right people in her new job as Minister for Equalities. She was asked in the Commons for her thoughts on the tweet that PinkNews’ Ben Cohen had posted yesterday, including the allegation she was the appointment “many LGBTQ+ campaigners feared.” He also shared a PinkNews article claiming she is “anti-Trans”.

Kemi told the House:

“I’m afraid that this particular individual is someone who uses Twitter as a tool for defamation; he has even sued people in this house like the hon. Member for Edinburgh West – or he’s been sued by, pardon me, the hon. Member for Edinburgh West. What I would like to say, Mr Speaker, as we do begin a new era of equalities is that the equality act is a shield not a sword. It is there to protect people of all characteristics whether they’re young or old, male or female, black or white, gay or straight, we are running a compasionate equalities strategy and we should not be distracted by people who use Twitter as a way to insult or accuse Members of Parliament.”

Following PMQs, Cohen published a statement on Kemi’s declaration, branding it “misinformation”, and demanding an apology and a correction of the record.

Guido advises Cohen not to hold his breath; he sent the statement to a source close to Kemi who replied:

“Already all the right people are incensed with Kemi being in post.”


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BBC Sense of Humour Bypass Over Eurovision April Fools

Readers of PinkNews must have felt their hearts skip a beat when they read the headline “BBC to announce that the UK is to withdraw from Eurovision” on Saturday. It was of course an April Fool, somewhat given away by the article’s eyebrow-raising claim that Ruth Davidson and Nicola Sturgeon wanted a referendum on whether Scotland would still put forward an entry. No one would fall for that, right?

Well it was enough to worry the BBC, who got in touch with PinkNews to demand they took the lighthearted story down because people might believe it. PinkNews refused. Two days later, MediaGuido hears Beeb jobsworths are still going on at Pink News to take it down. Makes you think the April Fool might be onto something…

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