The Sun carries a full page story today on how “a jobless 22-year-old portrayed by the BBC as a helpless victim of benefits cuts has admitted he REFUSES to work – because he is better off on the dole.“
The newspaper then carries a long leader blasting the BBC for its coverage of the cuts:
“The Beeb is today the pompous voice of defeated socialism.
Labour lumbered us with terrifying levels of debt. Yet Newsnight relentlessly blames “nasty” Tories for trying to bring it under control.
Its news programmes rip into any plan to make Whitehall’s big spenders more efficient while rarely saying why savings are needed.
We are sitting on a powder keg of national debt, yet the BBC treats the crisis as if it were the coalition’s fault, not Labour’s.
It broadcasts ludicrous warnings about cardboard cities, mass evacuations and Nazi-style extermination of poor families as if they were fact.Yet it scarcely mentions that Labour was planning almost exactly the same VAT hikes and draconian cuts to housing and incapacity benefit.
Nor does it mention the legion of Labour ex-ministers who have denounced mealy-mouthed Red Ed Miliband for failing to say so.
Labour is playing politics. That’s their job.
The BBC is generously run on public money. It has a charter promising editorial independence.
That must not become a licence for malicious and unscrupulous propaganda.”
Hat-tip: Tim at ConservativeHome