BBC fury: Bombshell Laura Kuenssberg Brexit comment that sparked bias row exposed

BBC fury: Bombshell Laura Kuenssberg Brexit comment that sparked bias row exposed

The broadcaster has a duty to stay impartial on all matters, particularly those relating to politics. But months after the historic Brexit referendum in 2016, Ms Kuenssberg lifted the lid on exactly what she felt during the campaign trail and in the moments after it. The former ITN reporter also delivered her verdict on the controversial US presidential election, which saw former reality TV star Donald Trump claim a stunning victory over rival Hillary Clinton.

She claimed, in an interview with Press Gazette four years ago, that it was like the “world was on acid” following the political shocks.

However, when the comments were published by in March, readers were incensed and accused the BBC and its now-editor of bias.

At the time, Ms Kuenssberg – who was picking up an award for her coverage of the referendum – said: “Clearly our decision to leave the EU is the biggest political decision we will take as a country for decades.

“No one knows what the consequences will be, good or ill, and therefore I think most people would accept that the consequences of that are bigger than any choice from the general election – although those are of course huge stories too – and you’ve seen politicians grapple with that and they don’t really know what to do.

“We are also in an era where the pundit class has been proved wrong so many times that it’s ok to be a political journalist and say ‘I don’t know’.”

During the interview, Ms Kuenssberg was also questioned about whether the result of the Brexit referendum surprised her.

She added: “I don’t think I called it but it didn’t surprise me because we had been on the road for months before the result, not just during the campaign, and we picked up that lots of people felt that [voting to leave] is what they wanted to do.

“It’s kind of as simple as that – you knock on a door and people tell you something. And lots of politicians knew it was coming as well but they didn’t necessarily want to say it publicly.”

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While a third added: “The BBC bias helped us win the vote so well done Laura.”

The UK voted to Leave in a historic vote that saw the nation gripped as to what outcome would eventually come around.

The nation voted 52 percent in favour of Leave, collecting more than 17.4 million votes.

Following years of negotiations, the UK finally left the EU on January 31, 2020.

Published at Tue, 19 May 2020 11:18:00 +0000