From a UK perspective, we’ve become the ‘fake media’.
The BBC is inextricably linked to our national media.
And now, as the election gets under way, it’s facing the prospect of being called the ‘Fake News BBC’.
BBC News Tonight – from 7pm Sunday, 11 November BBC News Live – from 8pm Sunday – 11 November BBC News – from 9pm Sunday BBC One – from 10pm Sunday BBC News at Ten – from 11pm Sunday The BBC has been called out as the BBC.
This week, the BBC has become the latest news organisation to be branded a fake news source.
In response, some have called for an investigation into the BBC’s coverage of the US election.
This has been particularly challenging for the BBC as a source of independent, impartial, factual news, and it has been subject to intense criticism.
In recent weeks, we have seen numerous instances of misleading or inaccurate reporting.
We have seen the BBC News website falsely report that the US had announced a nuclear deal with Iran, and mislead viewers about the scale of the damage caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The BBC News programme, the latest episode of The One Show, has also been labelled a fake by many.
Last week, in response to our coverage of a protest outside the White House by a group calling for more information about the death of a man in Dallas, Texas, in the early hours of Thursday morning, The BBC issued a statement saying that it was investigating the allegations.
We apologise to any BBC viewers who were misled, or who were disappointed by the inaccuracies in the programme.
But the BBC will not be the only media organisation to face criticism.
This week, CNN was also targeted with accusations that it has become a ‘fake’ news outlet by its own critics.
CNN is not the only news organisation with allegations of bias.
Last year, a US politician called for the suspension of the BBC, calling it a ‘sick, sick organisation’.
And in 2016, former US president Donald Trump took to Twitter to call the BBC a ‘disgrace’ and ‘a disgrace to journalism’.
The controversy around the BBC led to the resignation of former chairman Lord Hall of the Commons.
In the wake of these controversies, the corporation has faced pressure from the government to reinstate its editorial standards.
In a statement last week, BBC Worldwide Chief Executive Lord Hall said that the corporation was committed to “promoting accurate and impartial news and information”.
And he added: “We recognise that our audience needs accurate, independent and impartial information about important issues in their lives, so that they can make informed decisions.”
It is worth noting that the BBC does not always produce accurate, impartial news, as its coverage of Brexit has highlighted.
However, it does not have to be this way.
We’ve seen the likes of the Telegraph, The Guardian and BBC America use their platforms to report on important political issues.
It would be wrong to suggest that all the news media outlets that are subject to the BBC Standards Code are fake news.
The best news organisations are not the ones that are vilified and criticised.
The only thing we can do as journalists is report the news accurately.
Read more about the BBC on The Independent: BBC News Tonight: BBC World News at 10pm Monday, 6 November BBC One: Channel 4 at 9pm Monday BBC News Now: BBC World News on Sunday at 9:30pm Monday BBC Sport: Premier League Live at 10:30am Monday Premiers League Live: Sunday on BBC One Premiership: Monday on BBC Two Premia: The Sunday Times at 10am Sunday Premieres: Aeon: Wednesday at 8pm Monday BBC News Live: BBC World Live at 9.30pm Tuesday, 6 December BBC First: Live at 9am Tuesday BBC Radio 4: World Service at 7pm Monday BBC News at 5pm Tuesday BBC News: First Listen at 10.00pm Tuesday Radio Times: Newscast at 9 on Tuesday BBC World: World Service at 9 a.m.
Monday The BBC has an extensive reputation as an independent and trustworthy media organisation.
But the BBC and other mainstream media outlets have been subject of numerous complaints from users and supporters who say that they feel they are being targeted.
There are also allegations that the coverage has been biased in favour of certain political parties.
In recent weeks we have witnessed multiple instances of misleading reporting.
A number of recent cases have seen outlets such as The Independent and The Times of India report that the UK is now the third most popular destination for Russian tourists.
Another example involves an article published in The Daily Mail on Sunday that said the UK government was considering restricting people to live and work in areas