It looks like the BBC has gone to lengths to protect Theresa May and her party from their local election wipeout. And the broadcaster is facing widespread criticism for doing so, including from its own presenter Huw Edwards:
Breaking : #BBCbias gets called out by one of their own .... Huw Edwards 'hang on, the Tories could end up losing a 1000 councilor's & Labour lose 100 but its worse for Labour. Is that what we're saying?'' pic.twitter.com/pptViRJqI6#LocalElections2019 #LE2019 #Tory #Labour
— Jerry Hicks (@JerryHicksUnite) May 3, 2019
And as he demonstrated later on the day, Edwards has no problem with general anti-Corbyn bias:
— Leftin #GTTO #JC4PM ❌VOTE LABOUR (@logical4ever) May 3, 2019
‘Parties are doing equally bad’ apparently
The Conservatives lost nearly 16 times more seats than Labour. Labour lost 84 seats compared to the Tories’ 1330. Yet the BBC seems to have presented the result as equally bad wherever it can, with its main online coverage opening with:
Voters have delivered a stinging rebuke to the two main parties.
Another BBC online article ran the headline:
Local elections: Why has Labour lost seats?
Even Sky political editor Beth Rigby said before the election that Tory losses of over 1000 seats would be “catastrophic” for the party. The party lost one-third more than that.'
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