Below is a letter published in the Derbyshire Telegraph on Tuesday, 13 September:
Further to Chris Wheeldon’s letter with the giveaway heading, I don’t care if the BBC board is made up of the entire Tory front bench, there’s no doubting the tone of the BBC’s output – unremittingly “progressive-Left”. Its anti-Brexit bias is proverbial (“BBC board made up of Conservative backers”, September 5).
Emily Maitlis hasn’t “exposed” BBC right-wing bias at all! She’s using the old ploy of denying the patently obvious by asserting the exact opposite is true.
It’s interesting that Chris accuses Question Time of right-wing bias because I recall the destruction of actor Laurence Fox. Mr Fox had the temerity to disagree with a member of the audience on the press’s treatment of Meghan Markel at that time, triggering a tsunami of woke vitriol against him, utterly disproportional to the alleged “slight”. I think the BBC had a duty of care to defend Mr Fox from that – he was, after all, invited to give his opinion. The BBC should have stated, publicly, that if there was only one “legitimate” opinion on the matter then it would never have been raised for discussion. What would be the point?
But instead of reaffirming its commitment to balance and freedom of expression the BBC stayed silent, letting Mr Fox’s destruction serve as a warning. Right-wing bias, my foot! Woke tyranny, more like!
The people who lobby for the withdrawal of the licence privilege from the BBC are those who view its output as too pro-Left, never those who accuse it of being pro-Right.
That’s because the Left is happy for the existing bias to continue, unhindered and publicly funded.
Lee Knowles, Chaddesden