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Was the BBC biased over Brexit?

I am a constant critic of the BBC* but I find myself as a genuinely puzzled defender of their EU referendum coverage. The accusation from Remain supporters** is that the BBC should have abandoned its statutory requirement for balance/impartiality and said clearly that the Leave campaigns was a pack of lies and that sensible people should vote Remain.

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    Deliberation, distortion and dystopia: the news media and the referendum

Deliberation, distortion and dystopia: the news media and the referendum

The EU referendum was a classic test of the concept of media framing of deliberation. Yet, it perhaps ended up demonstrating that it is politicians and the public who set the agenda and that the news media has short-term, shallow but significant effects.

No one can say that the media has not given us enough debate or information to help […]

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    Don’t (just) blame the news media for this mess of a campaign

Don’t (just) blame the news media for this mess of a campaign

The EU referendum is putting an historic choice before the British people: but how well has the UK’s news media done in staging the debate and informing the public?

No one can say that the media has not given us enough debate or information to help voters make up their minds. For months, the air waves have been buzzing with […]

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Liberalism Trumped. It’s time to listen to the angry mob.

By Charlie Beckett

What I find fascinating about the rise of Donald Trump is not what it says about the US Right, but what it tells us about the liberal/Left’s idealism about democracy.

A similar syndrome is at work in pro-EU elite reaction to the surprisingly strong support for Euroscepticism. It’s not just an anti-right wing thing either. Perhaps the horror of […]

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    That VICE Corbyn film: beware your friends in the media – especially if you are paranoid and incompetent

That VICE Corbyn film: beware your friends in the media – especially if you are paranoid and incompetent

Critics of Jeremy Corbyn have understandably leapt upon the evidence of the VICE News fly-on-the-wall film about the Labour leader as providing yet more evidence of his team’s internal divisions and incompetence. But people have missed that this is also an adroit piece of documentary-making that uses VICE’s stylistic informality to give us some very effective political journalism.

VICE’s Ben Ferguson […]

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