Is The Media Against Brexit – And Is It Having An Affect On Voter Opinions?

Journalism and news reporting is at its best when its unbiased, fair and upholds all sides opinions and arguments. Never can that be more valid than in national mandatory watching channels, in this case, the BBC.

Brexit may have been the most significant political event in British history; a young generation was for the first time required to make a substantial political decision based on easily accessible, on demand, broadcast and written digital content. Rather than make a hollow, unjudged choice, a vast majority of the youth in Britain set out to make their decision based on their research, as a student at the time, I can attest that I was surrounded by like-minded 19-year-olds that required more than peer pressure to make such a significant decision. However what we found ourselves in was a digital and native broadcast environment that was immersed with sometimes obvious anti-Brexit biased.

What Shows Were The Main Culprits

Two of the BBC’s prominent shows, The Andrew Marr Show and Sunday Politics, have reportedly starred three times as many Remain backing voices than they have Brexit backing ones since the referendum.

According to figures obtained by the Sun, the Andrew Marr show has featured 129 Remainers since the referendum – and only 33 leavers. Moreover, the Sunday Politics show has reportedly had 78 remain backing guests compared to just 37 Brexiteers. Monmouth MP David TC Davies has since hit out at the broadcaster’s supposed anti-Brexit inclination.

Do Political Pundits Have A Role To Play

This media leaning biased is only further shamed by the horrendous predictions that many professional pundits made in the lead up to the referendum. It became indisputable that political pundits had misjudged a lot of the public opinions on Brexit. It may be the case that these biased news publications genuinely underestimated the public view. However, the much more likely options with latest news developments are that they are merely blind in their biased reporting and agenda.

The issue here is that one of the leading productions to have done this pre and post Brexit was the BBC, a channel the is mandatory paid for by every television-owning British citizen. Rather than present facts many of these media pieces simply presented an anti-Brexit opinion. If we cant, agree that this is a deep-rooted problem with media in our own country then the likelihood of politics becoming more transparent and more accessible for everyone to understand are greatly diminished. The BBC has since come out with a few statements, as follows.

a spokesman for the BBC denied this claim.

He said: “We do not recognise the allegations made by News-watch.

“To describe this as a ‘report’ would be a gross overstatement for what is a defective and loaded piece of work.

“Across the election campaign, we provided our audiences with clear and balanced analysis. This is quite simply an obvious attempt by a lobby group to discredit the BBC.”

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