You might think the BBC’s practice of shielding child rapists and abusers was a thing of the past, a legacy of the Saville era, but they remain protective to this day.
In the above report today, you’ll find no mention of the fact that Anthony Hampton is a Tory. Indeed I had to do a bit of scouring the press to find out, though I had guessed it to be likely.
In April 2020:
See him, down at the bottom? Hidden away and not one mention of his party allegiance anywhere in the BBC reporting.
I searched for a sign of his party affiliation. It was difficult to find any mention. Only on the third page of Googling did I find out that he was a Lib Dem. We have to hope they will be quicker with him than they were with Cyril Smith. Perhaps Willie Rennie could advise them on procedure?
Readers might remember our report on the BBC non-coverage-at-all in 2018, of two Tory child rapists:
‘On 18 June, two Conservative politicians were convicted of child sexual abuse. The jury at Swansea Crown Court found former mayor for Pembroke David Boswell guilty of raping a girl under the age of 10. On the same day, former mayor of Godalming Simon Thornton pleaded guilty to more than 20 child sex offenses.’
These are very serious crimes and the party affiliation is concealed.
Contrast this with BBC Scotland.
Even where the accused is cleared and well-known, BBC Scotland remind us that he is ‘the former SNP leader.’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52004285, and: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-55996021
Even where the accused is also well-known and has done no more than text a 16-year-old, his SNP membership is repeated several times: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-51397956
Any opportunity to malign the SNP will be taken.