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Laura Kuenssberg stepping down as BBC Political Editor

Discussion in 'off topic' started by slavedata, Oct 22, 2021.

  1. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    And how!
     
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  2. Nick_G

    Nick_G pfm Member

    Odd that, as all the warning signs were glaringly obvious in his election campaign.
     
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  3. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    Indeed. Have you ever demonstrated any medium to long term political acumen? I'm guessing, for example, you voted both tory and brexshit? How's that going?
     
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  4. Dave***t

    Dave***t Revolutionary relativist

    Thanks for the link. That wasn’t the impression I’d formed from watching him. Will investigate.
     
  5. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    The interview with Peter Oborne right at the end of the article is most telling: Rajan in full journalist class-solidarity mode.
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2021
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  6. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    Regardless of Rajan’s journalistic abilities, I think he’s a dreadful presenter. His breathless delivery reminds me of a nervous head boy’s speech.
     
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  7. AndrewG

    AndrewG pfm Member

    Totally agree. His delivery is too fast and it appears to be reading from a script, even though he’s obviously not (most of the time). I quite like his confrontational style when interviewing some Tory politicians on the Today programme but that’s not going to be generally acceptable in a political editor.
     
  8. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    A damning verdict on Laura K's time as the BBC's political editor:

    https://bylinetimes.com/2022/03/30/...l-editor-was-a-catastrophic-systemic-failure/
    I think the emphasis on systemic failure is correct, although the author is a little too generous to Kuennesberg, in my view.

    It's impossible to understand the all-pervasive rot in UK politics without grasping the role that the media has played, in abandoning the idea that it ought to challenge the lies of the powerful.
     
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  9. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr neither here nor there

    If the media does not challenge the lies of the powerful, and instead repeats and amplifies the messages of the same, it is no more than a propaganda channel. The difference between the BBC during this time, and Russia Today, is more one of degree than one of credibility and ethics.
     
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  10. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Sadly we have little beyond gaslighting. Any real scrutiny tends to be independent and crowd-sourced these days (Good Law Project, Led By Donkeys, Carole Cadwalladr, Byline Times etc).
     
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