Scoring Question Time for Elite Bias

In step with perception and criticism of the rest of the media, discussion around Question Time guest selection usually revolves around whether it has a “right wing” or “left wing” bias. These accusations are relatively comfortable for the BBC as they can resort to an increasingly common defence: “well, we’re getting flak from both sides so must be somewhere in the middle!”

Left and right is also allowed for in the official statement of the BBC on QT guest selection: “Question Time aims to select a panel with a broad range of views, knowledge and experience” according to the programme’s official website.

What this statement doesn’t allow for, in terms of a “range of views, knowledge and experience”, is that the overwhelming majority of QT guests represent the elite, which hugely limits the range of views, knowledge and experience presented.

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If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.

Malcom x