13 October 2014

BBC bias: Hide the story

One of the more subtle ways that the BBC pursues its pro-Tory agenda is to hide stories that suggest that the economy is not doing as well as the Tories would have us believe.

That's why, for example, most people think that the deficit is falling when it is actually rising again; it's up 6% this year.

Part of the reason for the rise is that Income Tax income is less than expected and that is because many of the much heralded 2 million new jobs are low paid and so pay little Income Tax, as the latest figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) show. To quote them, "many new jobs were low paid or created through low-paid self-employment."

This is clearly big news as it shows that the Government's economic plan is not working (the deficit cannot be reduced without tax income) but you'd struggle to find it on the BBC News website - it's second from bottom in the list of minor stories at the bottom of the page, and it's not even visible at all until you scroll down the page.

The story is also missing completely from the Politics page. The BBC is treating it as a Business story though it has little to do with business and everything to do with politics. Putting the story on the Business page is just another way of hiding it.

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