When an agent of the Tory party decides the BBC’s ‘bias’, it’s a huge problem
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.
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.
Things that once surprised us seem common now. The ministerial code of conduct was violated. unlawful attempt to prorogue Parliament for five weeks;
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.
As a journalist, I was shamed. I would spend half my allotted interview time protecting my objectivity and bending the rest backwards.
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.
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.
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.
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.