For four days, the hashtag #CameronMustGo has been trending on Twitter, yet it has been largely ignored by the mainstream media. The BBC has only just noticed, though they are doing their best to downplay the hashtag’s importance.
Some people have asked why it should be reported – it’s only Twitter, after all, and not a “real” news story. The BBC have no obligation to report it.
Except that the BBC, along with other news media, have created that obligation. A photo of Ed Milliband eating a bacon sandwich is, apparently, news, but thousands of people venting their anger at an out of touch PM is not.
A badly worded tweet by Emily Thornberry is, apparently, news, but thousands of people venting their anger at an out of touch PM is not.
A handful of rich celebs whining about a proposed mansion tax is, apparently, BIG news, but thousands of people venting their anger at an out of touch PM is not.
…and so on.
The BBC, in particular, has a duty to be impartial. If they don’t want to report on criticism of the Conservative Party, then they should give their opponents the same consideration (and not just UKIP).See also:
The Twitter Antidote to Right Wing Press Attacks: A flood of tweets sends #CameronMustGo viral and rattles the agenda of the powers that be (ladiesdefendinglabour.wordpress.com)
BBC finally reports on #CameronMustGo – and makes a mess of it (voxpoliticalonline.com)
#CameronMustGo and the media backlash (bottomface.com)
Why #CameronMustGo marks a decisive change in UK Politics (pawprintsofthesoul.wordpress.com)