The BBC is sometimes wrongly accused of ignoring the growing election expenses scandal, but that doesn’t mean its reporting is faultless.
Last night the story went nuclear. A judge ruled that the allegations regarding over-spending on election expenses were “on an unprecedented scale”.
The judge added that specific elections of MPs may be voided if the allegations were found to have a basis (more on this later).
A key battleground where the Tories are accused of illegally going over election spending limits is the constituency of South Thanet.
A BBC’s report posted last night started with:
A further 12 months have been granted to Kent Police to investigate claims of improper election spending by the Conservative Party.
But the story completely ignored a key point: that the Tories tried to block the police probe and failed to do so.
Even Sky News focused on that angle.
Several journalists were quick to point out the BBC’s glaring omission too.
— Felix Renicks (@ffffelix) June 1, 2016
BBC piece completely ignores the top line – that the Tories failed in their attempt to block a police investigation: https://t.co/6uoxZhNHQN
— Jane Bradley (@jane__bradley) June 1, 2016
Perhaps the critics have a point about the BBC’s coverage of this scandal…