She then failed to give any examples of BBC bias despite launching a government crackdown on the broadcaster.
Defending Frazer, Minister for State and Rail Huw Merriman insisted he has ‘always been a friend of the BBC’ but some of its news reporters are biased, including our Neil who only ever gives ‘one side of the story’.
Merriman likely meant to say Michael Buchanan but regardless, he is of course getting dragged on X:
‘The hilarious thing about this isn’t just the minister naming Art Attack host Neil Buchanan as seeming proof of BBC News bias, but that Art Attack aired on…ITV,’ noted Labour councilor Matt Dent on X.
Also on X, user Steve Baker chuckled: ‘I never realised Art Attack was a left-wing propaganda programme,’ while account Make The UK a Tory Free Zone added: ‘I always knew art attack was quite radical, I didn’t know their goal was to undermine government’s though.’
Merriman’s embarrassment didn’t stop there though as in the same interview he admitted to thinking that BBC Radio 4’s blatantly satirical The News Quiz was a ‘diatribe against Conservatives’.
Neil Buchanan is an unbiased childhood hero for millennials (Picture: ITV)
When Burley pointed out that there is a clear difference between satire and news reporting, Merriman bizarrely doubled down.
‘For 10 minutes all I heard, and it wasn’t satirical, it was just diatribe against Conservatives, not the government. And I did listen to that and think “for goodness sake, where is the balance in that?”’ he said.
‘So yes, I’m afraid to say despite the fact I’ve always been a big supporter of the BBC, that struck me as completely biased.’
Again, Burley asked Merriman to clarify if he could tell the difference between comedy and the actual news, but he stood by his argument.
‘I love it when politicians get lampooned, but that was the whole point,’ he stressed. ‘There wasn’t anything in it in that particular regard which struck me as being amusing.’
Good to know the government is still being completely normal…
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