By Isha Sesay • 12 December 2019 • 22:20
Alex Forsyth referred to Boris Johnson winning the majority 'he so deserves' on a live broadcast. Credit: PA
THE BBC has come under fire after a TV reporter referred to Boris Johnson winning the majority “he so deserves.”
Evidently enraged by the bias, viewers hit out at political correspondent Alex Forsyth after she made the reference during a live segment from South Wales during her coverage of the general election. In the clip, which was shared on Twitter, she says:
“For the Conservative Party I think the nervousness comes from the fact that their strategy has centred on putting Brexit right at the front of their campaign.
“They have done a relentless focus on Boris Johnson’s promise to take the UK out of the European Union if he wins the majority that he so deserves.”
Hundreds of Twitter users hit back at her introduction, accusing the BBC rooting for a Conservative win.
One said: “I’ve just reported it to the BBC. Absolutely shocking.” Another user wrote: “These ‘mistakes’ are embedded in the culture in the people they employ. It’s that simple – and you are forced to pay for it.”
Ofcom even received 6 complaints regarding the incident, while a spokesperson from the BBC told Yahoo News UK that the blunder was simply “a slip of the tongue.”
However, this is not the first time the BBC has been accused of bias in the run-up to the general election. Last week, Labour’s co-campaign coordinator Andrew Gwynne reportedly wrote to the broadcaster to complain about their one-sided coverage of the election.
Political editor Laura Kuenssberg also got in trouble earlier this week, with the electoral commission issuing a warning after her on-air comments on the BBC. She had claimed that a Tory aide was ‘punched’, when they were in fact not, with many accusing the BBC of concocting a ‘fake news story’ in order to shame Labour activists.
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