As the biggest of the protests at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, the Stop Brexit March in Manchester received huge media coverage, both before and after the event, by hundreds of newspapers and magazines, TV and radio broadcasters, nationally, locally and worldwide.
While there was difference in their coverage, they were mostly in agreement that there were tens of thousands of peaceful protesters, and that the march was larger than that of the People’s Assembly, which marched later that day.
There was however one glaring exception.
The coverage of the march by the BBC created a very different impression, somehow managing to twist the days’ events into an entirely different story.
As this link to the BBC story shows, it turns the facts on their head. The story focuses on the smaller People’s Assembly march and the violent acts of a few individuals, creating the impression of angry and aggressive demonstrators marauding through the city, whilst almost totally ignoring the large and peaceful Stop Brexit march that preceded it.
When the Stop Brexit March does get mentioned, it is only as an aside, indirectly inferring that it was not only smaller, but also less significant as an issue. It also totally omits any mention of the specially-commissioned float, which grabbed headlines worldwide.
It is therefore not unsurprising, that many remainers are questioning the BBC’s motives for painting the anti-Brexit protest in such a negative light.
The BBC is supposed to be independent from the government, and also above the sensationalism of other media, but the lack of sensitivity displayed over such a sensitive issue as Brexit does suggest that the BBC is a lot less impartial and objective in it’s reporting than it ought to be.