Nick Robinson has hit back at accusations of BBC bias in its protection of Downing Street “partygate”, saying it would be “absurd” to play down the tale.
The presenter of Radio 4’s As Of Late programme used to be responding to an accusation through Lord Moore that the BBC had acted like “a Fox News of the Left” through interviewing Tory MPs adversarial to Boris Johnson.
Lord Moore, in his Telegraph column, said that BBC audiences “crave information that is calm, balanced and properly prioritised”, and prompt that the supplier should “no longer attempt to ape Fleet Boulevard” by means of specializing in the scandal of Downing Street parties.
In a letter to the Telegraph, Mr Robinson stated: “Obviously, we should always record the events tale… listening to from folks that defend the PM and difficult them in addition as people who attack him and mentioning that this may occasionally no longer lead to his departure from administrative center. we’ve performed that.
“On The Other Hand, the idea that the BBC on my own must play down or forget about the drawback which has led Conservative MPs – each Brexit allies in addition as lifelong enemies of Johnson’s – to call on their leader to hand over is absurd.”
He introduced: “While as BBC political editor I pronounced night time after evening at the loans for honours scandal which broken Tony Blair or, as presenter of Lately, on Theresa Would Possibly’s battle over Brexit together with her own backbenchers, or Jeremy Corbyn’s battles over antisemitism, I heard no such demand ‘super impartiality’ from Lord Moore. i wonder why now not?”
Mr Robinson additionally mentioned that it was once ITV News “who have, to their credit, made the running in this story” by breaking a string of exclusives, together with an email in which the High Minister’s major private secretary invited more than 100 Downing Street staffers to a “convey your individual booze” party.