Update 2: I’ve run a search for the phrases “kuenssberg whore” and “kuenssberg bitch” on Twitter, using both TweetBot (which searches recent tweets) and TweetDeck (which searches all tweets). I really advise that you do these searches for yourself. The first resulted in just five results from TweetBot, and this includes people commenting on people calling her a whore. The second fetched just ten in the last few days, again including people commenting on the abuse rather than dishing it out. Some of those calling Kuenssberg a bitch were women. This is clearly an exaggerated problem. Perhaps more people were leaving such remarks on the petition itself, but the owners should have been able to weed these out; that they couldn’t is the fault of 38 Degrees.
Update 1: there is still a petition on Change.org urging the BBC to review Kuenssberg’s position.
Laura Kuenssberg petition taken down over sexist abuse, from the Guardian
I don’t watch the TV news much nowadays, even Newsnight, so I can’t comment personally on whether the coverage of politics by Laura Kuenssberg on the BBC, where she is political editor, is biased or not. People I trust on Twitter, however, say that her coverage is persistently biased in favour of the Tory party and against Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, in particular. (She has chaired seminars and written for the website of Policy Exchange, a Tory-affiliated think tank; Tim Montgomerie of Conservative Home wrote this glowing blog entry about her in 2009.) I’ve seen a Twitter account titled @ToryKuenssberg, which offers a rather amusing parody of her coverage, such as the following from last night:
Some people have launched a 38 Degrees petition to get her removed from her position. Some time today it was taken down, as the above news report states, because it was ‘hijacked’ by people from Twitter and Facebook who had left abusive comments of a sexist nature and posted similar writing on social media. Some of the defences of Kuenssberg boil down to “she’s just doing her job”, a common response when a woman in a public role is criticised for doing a bad job. I think it’s wrong for such petitions to have to be taken down (the owners have published a statement). (More: Stavvers, Vox Political.)
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