BBC’s Andrew Neil criticised for calling Observer journalist a ‘mad cat woman’

BBC’s Andrew Neil criticised for calling Observer journalist a ‘mad cat woman’

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

BBC presenter Andrew Neil has deleted a tweet calling an Observer journalist a “mad cat woman”, after it was criticised by other users.

Mr Neil posted the tweet early on Tuesday morning, in which he called Carole Cadwalladr “Karol Kodswallop”.

Written at 3:15am, the tweet said: “Nothing compared with having to deal with mad cat woman from Simpson’s, Karol Kodswallop.”

The tweet referenced language used by Leave.EU’s Arron Banks, who has previously described Ms Cadwalladr as a “sad cat lady” in a tweet.


'Sexist and unfunny' 

Ms Cadwalladr criticised the BBC for not giving her the right to reply when Mr Banks was interviewed at the beginning of November.

Writing on twitter on Tuesday afternoon, she wrote: “Four days ago, I wrote to BBC re its role in amplifying Arron Banks’ harassment campaign against me.

“I cited Neil’s tweets. This isn’t just sexist and unfunny. And, it doesn’t just reveal wider failure to report the story.

“It betrays the British public, who are not being told the truth.”


'It was inappropriate' 

Ms Cadwalladr has won awards for her coverage of the use of Facebook data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

 The BBC Press Team responded to criticism of Mr Neil’s tweet saying that it was recognised as “inappropriate”.

“There has been some discussion on here regarding a tweet from Andrew Neil about Carole Cadwalladr,” they tweeted.

“He has deleted the tweet and recognises it was inappropriate.”

Ms Cadwalladr described the BBC Press response as “inadequate”.