IDS VS BBC: MINISTERS ACCUSES CORPORATION OF BIAS AGAINST REFORMS.

16 July 2013

IDS VS BBC: MINISTERS ACCUSES CORPORATION OF BIAS AGAINST REFORMS.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2364718/No-benefit-child-youre-dole-Tories-unveil-controversial-welfare-plan.html

See article below in the Daily Mail this morning.

Six points about this article.

1. Iain Duncan Smith is using his weight to try to stop opposition to the cuts being reported by the BBC.

2. "The Work and Pensions Secretary spoke out after Radio 4 news programme Today featured a female protester who was planted by an anti-cuts group. He clashed with presenter John Humphrys on air as the BBC covered the roll out of the £26,000-a-year cap on benefits."

Planted??? - the UK media are always pestering us in Haringey for cases to illustrate the impact of the £500 overall benefit cap and the other cuts.

3. Most mothers fear the media who have been cruel in their biased reporting of the IDS propaganda about scroungers and strivers, migrants and large families. One brave mother speaks up and gets lent on by a government minister.

4. It is no secret that the Haringey Housing Action Group opposes the cuts. So do many other politically motivated groups in Tottenham and Haringey. We do it in the absence of any effective opposition in Parliament or Haringey Council. We meet the families suffering from them. It quite simply was not reported by the BBC. There is nothing sinister about that,

5.  BBC is always short of time. I know because I was spiked after being interviewed by the presenter and producer from BBC Radio 4 World this Weekend last Friday for Sunday outside the Tottenham Jobcentre.

I had already complained to the BBC, before IDS, that spiking me means that there was no ethical opposition to the governments mantra "it not fair on the tax payer".

That is a very shallow ethical judgement by ministers spread unopposed through the air waves by the BBC over the weekend.

5. "Yesterday it was revealed she is a 36-year-old from North London, who arrived in Britain from the Congo in 1998".

So what!! There is a nasty taste of racism in this comment. I arrived in Tottenham from Buckinghamshire in 1999. My father arrived in Kensington from Edinburgh in the 1920s.

Good wishes

Paul

IDS VS BBC: MINISTERS ACCUSES CORPORATION OF BIAS AGAINST REFORMS

BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys accused the minister of having 'beliefs' which were not borne out by the facts

Iain Duncan Smith yesterday accused the BBC of using ‘politically motivated’ interviewees to criticise government welfare cuts.

The Work and Pensions Secretary spoke out after Radio 4 news programme Today featured a female protester who was planted by an anti-cuts group.

He clashed with presenter John Humphrys on air as the BBC covered the roll out of the £26,000-a-year cap on benefits.BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys accused the minister of having 'beliefs' which were not borne out by the facts

BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys accused the minister of having 'beliefs' which were not borne out

An interview with a mother-of-three called Rebecca claimed she would be nearly £100 a week worse off. Yesterday it was revealed she is a 36-year-old from North London, who arrived in Britain from the Congo in 1998.

Yet there was no mention in the BBC report that the case study had been supplied by the pressure group Haringey Housing Action Group.

Mr Duncan Smith levelled the charge of bias as he was quizzed by Mr Humphrys about his claim that 8,000 people had already come off benefits because of the cap, which was trialled in four London boroughs.

Mr Humphrys said the UK Statistics Authority had found the claims to be ‘unsupported by the official statistics’.

But Mr Duncan Smith hit back: ‘You can’t disprove what I said either. I believe this to be right. I believe that we are already seeing people go back to work who were not going to go back to work until they were short of the cap.’

He added: ‘What you’re doing, as always in the BBC, you’re seeking out lots of cases from people who are politically motivated to say this is wrong.’
The BBC last night insisted its political coverage is ‘fair, accurate and impartial’.

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