In a blistering Commons outburst, Jacob Rees-Mogg lashes out at the BBC for “problematic” staffing plans.
In the House of Commons on Thursday, JACOB REES-MOGG went on a rage-filled tirade against the BBC.
It would be “difficult” for the BBC to select a journalist from a “left-wing” outlet as a news editor, according to Jacob Rees-Mogg. Jess Brammar, the former UK editor of the Huffington Post, is apparently being considered for a position overseeing the corporation’s news outlets. The Cabinet minister recently claimed that the BBC is tarnishing its reputation for fairness by repeatedly appointing persons from the political left, rather than the right, to key positions.
“It is vital that the BBC is not only neutral but also considered to be impartial,” Mr Rees-Mogg said in the Commons.
“Would the BBC make an appointment from the Huffington Post or the Guido Fawkes website if it were to make an appointment from the Huffington Post?
“A similar news organization, but one that is more accurate on the right than on the left.
“I believe my suggestion would astound the BBC.”
“I believe it’s troublesome when the BBC looks to left-wing outlets and thinks that’s impartiality,” the Commons Leader remarked. But I believe it is also more serious than that.
“The BBC employs a lot of devoted, high-quality journalists who are vital to the organization.
“The Laura Kuenssbergs, Martha Kearneys, and James Landales of the world, who, quite properly, have no notion what their political ideas are.”
“There is clear concern about the potential appointment of the ex-Huffington Post editor Jess Brammar as news editor for the BBC, so could the Leader of the House arrange for a debate in Government time on the requirement for the BBC News to be impartial and to reflect the news rather than the opinions of the BBC?” asked Conservative MP Bob Blackman (Harrow East).
The BBC should widen its views outside its central London and Salford headquarters, according to Media Minister John Whittingdale, but he denied the government was launching a “cultural war” against the organisation and Channel 4.
Mr Whittingdale claimed that the BBC’s own executives were attempting to address accusations that it had previously been “too metrocentric.”
He also supported Channel 4’s potential privatisation, claiming that the broadcaster’s long-term future was at risk.
According to Mr. Whittingdale, who spoke to the PA news, “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”