Thursday, 20 November 2008

The lack of BBC interest in the Lord Ahmed case

The BBC have hidden their coverage of Lord Ahmed's dangerous driving case, in which a man died when Lord Ahmed's Jaguar was in collision with another car. The BBC rather drily report that:
"The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed that the case involves the alleged use of a mobile phone around the time of the accident."
Other news sources are less coy, The Telegraph reporting that:
"A Labour peer is to be prosecuted for dangerous driving after someone allegedly sent a text message from his mobile phone shortly before a fatal motorway crash.

Lord Ahmed, 51, was driving his Jaguar X-type on the M1 last Christmas Day when it hit an Audi A4 that had crashed into the central reservation and stopped in the outside lane. The driver of the other car, Martyn Gombar, 28, was killed instantly."

The way that the BBC report the alleged misdeeds of politicians is almost childlike in its bias. Any misdeed of a Conservative politician no matter how minor is front page news for days, to be discussed and analysed at length. Meanwhile any alleged infraction by a Labour politician, no matter how senior the politician or serious the allegation is reported as quietly and for as short a time as possible. Can you imagine the BBC coverage if this had been a Conservative member of the House of Lords? I would imagine it would be front page news for days.

In the BBC's defence, their bias is hardly more obvious than that of much of the US media who similarly highlight the infractions of Republican politicians whilst glossing over those of Democrats. However there is a key difference the BBC is publicly funded and is bound by charter to be impartial - and it is not.

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