Leading Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg has dubbed the BBC the “Brexit Bashing Corporation” due to its anti-Brexit bias.
Appearing on the BBC’s Question Time show, he responded to a question about the alleged bias with: “Dear old auntie. How many times have we heard on the BBC ‘in spite of Brexit?’
“In spite of Brexit a record three million jobs have been created since 2010, in spite of Brexit unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975, in spite of Brexit England defeated the West Indies at Lords.”
When asked to provide specific evidence by the BBC presenter, he replied: “I think anyone who has listened to the news recently has heard the ‘in-spite-of-Brexit’ terminology and I think the audience knows that.”
He added: “The Sun carried out a survey of The Andrew Marr Show… The Andrew Marr Show has had 84 per cent of its people on being anti-Brexit, 129 interviewees against 33 in favour. The balance of the BBC has been against.”
Mr. Rees-Mogg’s claims are supported by many other MPs and have been corroborated by a number of studies.
BBC’s flagship morning news show was “strongly biased against Brexit” in the week when Britain triggered Article 50 https://t.co/uqFYETltmW
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This March, in a letter to BBC Director-General Lord Tony Hall, a group of 72 MPs from across the political spectrum claimed the BBC was harming the UK’s reputation by falsely portraying it as a “xenophobic” nation regretting its vote to leave the European Union (EU).
“In particular, the Corporation’s focus on ‘regretful’ Leave voters, despite there being no polling shift towards Remain since the referendum, has led some to believe it is putting its preconceptions before the facts,” they wrote.
On the economy, they added: “It particularly pains us to see how so much of the economic good news we’ve had since June has been skewed by BBC coverage which seems unable to break out of pre-referendum pessimism and accept new facts.”
An extensive report published in May found that the BBC’s flagship morning news show was “strongly biased against Brexit” in the critical week when Britain triggered Article 50 and formally began its exit from the EU.
Another study, from October 2016, found that listeners to BBC Radio 4 were two and a half times more likely to hear the opinions of a pro-EU speaker than from anti-EU guests.