Conservative Party Political Podcast by BBC news journalist
Why? Nick Robinson is a good interviewer who also regularly presents a national BBC radio 4 (talk radio) news programme, the Today programme, which starts the day, six days a week, for many in the UK. These autobiographical interviews have the highest production values possible, they are well researched, well paced and disproportionately represent the Conservative Party. Approaching their subjects autobiographically, these interviews put politicians at their ease (without critical examination of the policies for which they are responsible). Nothing wrong with that, it's compelling listening, if there was balance in the BBC's represenation of the UK's political parties and if the BBC was not the only public broadcaster. Without balance to the political ideology of these interviewees, there are effects very damaging to UK democracy:1) When later invited to interview by Nick Robinson on the Today programme, autobiographical familiarity creates an intimacy in tone and delivery that implies exceptional trustworthiness with the politician - no matter what the news or the policy that has caused them to be called to account by the (supposedly) impartial public broadcaster;2) The reputation for reliable impartiality from the public broadcaster is undermined through exposing its bias. By promoting the reputations of individual politicians belonging exclusively to one political party in a multi-party State, the BBC actively contributes to 'fake news'.
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