Kate Hoey: Same people in media ‘obsessed’ with criticising

Friday, May 29, 2020

Former Labour MP Kate Hoey has compared the media’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic to that of the Brexit debate.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, she said: “I think it’s the BBC that has just shown really over and over again that they seem to have no real concern for genuine non-bias.

“It does seem the same people are obsessed about criticising whatever is happening on the Covid situation, as the people who were obsessed with Brexit.”

Ms Hoey, a staunch Brexiteer, also criticised the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg for again referring to the Dominic Cummings fallout in last night’s Downing Street briefing, saying she thought "millions" would have switched off.

The journalist was blocked by Boris Johnson from asking Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance for their take on the row.

“It’s very, very important that our medical officers and scientific advisers do not get dragged into what I think most people would recognise is fundamentally a political argument,” the Prime Minister said.

However, the move drew criticism, with Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran accusing Mr Johnson of “silencing” the science.

Ian Murray from the Society of Editors said: “It is unfortunate that there appears to still be a tendency to act in a manner that might be seen by some as attempting to control the message.

“While scientific and medical advisers may not wish to answer what they might consider political questions, that should surely be a matter for them.”

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