When an agent of the Tory party decides the BBC’s ‘bias’, it’s a huge problem

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This is not a former bbc employee rant. I had an opportunity of two decades that couldn't have been done better. But it's a breathless exhalation. A deep breath out.

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Things that were taken for granted for several decades – checks and balances on the executive, the role of the judiciary or civil service, media free of interference or censure – now appear vulnerable.

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Things that once surprised us seem common now. The ministerial code of conduct was violated. unlawful attempt to prorogue Parliament for five weeks;

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I remember, my shame, interviewing Trump retainer Sebastian Gorka on Newsnight in the early days of Trump's victory. Gorka used the interview screaming most of the time.

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As a journalist, I was shamed. I would spend half my allotted interview time protecting my objectivity and bending the rest backwards.

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This was when Donald Trump was already finding his feet as president. But our mistakes started much before that. Let me take you to the beginning of 2016 this time.

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I will later learn the strange name for this short-sighted style of journalism: "both sidesteps,"which speaks to the way superficial equilibrium is reached while obscuring a deeper truth.

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I remember the time when we were given an interview with Robert De Niro from New York. This was the height of Covid: New York was devastated by the disease.

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As we began the interview, however, it was clear that De Niro had things other than New York in mind. He wanted to get angry about President Trump's handling of the pandemic.

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