The BBC should give us the facts on Brexit, not "even-handedness"by Christopher Grey / August 24, 2017 / Leave a comment
Recent BBC coverage of the Patrick Minford and Economists for Free Trade report claiming huge benefits from hard Brexit has attracted accusations from remainers of pro-Brexit bias. Meanwhile, Brexiters have long insisted that the BBC is relentlessly anti-Brexit.
Of course debates about bias and impartiality are a hardy perennial of journalism, so it would be absurd to think that the BBC does not give serious and ongoing thought to them when it comes to Brexit coverage. And in many ways the broadcaster is in an impossible situation. For example, many Brexiters complain that the recurrent formulation that such and such thing has or has not happened “despite Brexit” implies that Brexit is a bad thing; but it could equally be taken as trashing the failed prognostications of “Project Fear.”