NEWSNIGHT’S coverage of the US Presidential election has sparked outrage on social media for allegedly being biased towards Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
The BBC show dedicated around 25 minutes of its 42 minute-long programme to Clinton – appearing to only interview guests that Twitter users claimed were in favour of the Democratic nominee.
The show started with a discussion with Huffington Post pollster Ariel Edwards-Levy – who declared the left-wing organisation had Clinton’s chances of winning at more than 90 per cent, while the main segment of the show provided an in-depth look into the life of Clinton by long-time friend Joe Klein.
The Clinton segment finished with a discussion about the election so far with New York Times editor Dean Baquet – a newspaper which has openly endorsed the former Secretary of State for US President.
Baquet directly attacked Trump, claiming that “politicians fib, politicians exaggerate, but Trump literally lied”.
Furious viewers took to Twitter to express their disdain at the BBC’s coverage of the election race.
The Zealot tweeted: “What the f*** is going on with #newsnight this is ridiculous. I knew British media was biased but come the f*** on.”
Mark Moran wrote: “Interview the friends of Clinton and the enemies of Trump – seems perfectly balanced to me #Newsnight.”
And user Ros McMullened tweeted: “If #Newsnight are attempting neutrality in US election coverage, they should stop as it makes them look stupid.”
Steve C added: “Unbelievable bias from #Newsnight – the quicker this propaganda unit is sorted out the better, need Paxman back.”
Some Twitter users directly attacked Newsnight editor Ian Katz who claimed the editor was biased by not putting on a pro-Trump source.
Steve C even called for Katz to step down as editor due to his alleged bias.
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