BBC’s coverage of President Trump’s visit is a national disgrace

Graham Charles Lear
2 min readJun 4, 2019

Do they know the USA buys more from the UK than any other country?

Do they know that the USA is our foremost ally?

Do they know what journalism means any more?

The BBC’s coverage of the visit of the President of the United States of America yesterday was nothing short of a national disgrace. It is not MY job to teach BBC news editors and presenters about impartial journalism, but yesterday’s coverage was so far removed from this that I wouldn’t know where to start.

Duty of impartiality

The BBC is supposed to be impartial. Their coverage of President Trump’s visit yesterday strayed so far from their obligations that nothing I could say would make any difference. I could dissect their coverage hour by hour — but to what purpose? These people truly don’t realize how bad they are.

Instead, I will simply reiterate THE sad conclusion from last year, that BBC News and Current Affairs must be disbanded. No amount of tinkering will help. Only a “start again from scratch” approach could possibly work.

The USA is the UK’s biggest customer

Total trade between the UK and USA was worth £184 billion in the year ending Q3 2018 (ONS). The US is also the single biggest source of inward investment into the UK.

The USA is our biggest customer. In 2017 we exported £48.6bn worth of goods to the USA, compared to Germany on £37.3bn.

Crucially, we also run a trade surplus with the USA, whereas the EU sells far more to us than we sell to them.

Finally, welcome President Trump

© The White House“

A strong and independent United Kingdom, like a strong and independent United States, is truly a blessing on the world.”- President Trump, London, 03 June 2019

Sorry that you have to have a meeting with Theresa May today. You don’t need MY advice but I AM sure you’ll want to keep it as short as possible, as she’s now a lame duck Prime Minister.

Thank you for coming for the 75th commemorations of the D-Day landings. We hope you enjoy your visit to these shores.

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Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.