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Piers Morgan, 55, is firmly standing behind Emily Maitlis, 50, after she was reprimanded by her employers at the BBC for sharing one of his tweets that condemned the Conservative government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The BBC presenter is said to have breached the impartiality rules for sharing the former Good Morning Britain host’s tweet back in February.
It’s not a partisan comment
In the latest case of Ms Maitlis being reprimanded by her bosses, she was told that she breached impartiality rules after retweeting the post.
Piers’ tweet asked: “If failing to quarantine properly is punishable by 10yrs in prison, what is the punishment for failing to properly protect the country from a pandemic?”
The BBC2 Newsnight presenter deleted the retweet within ten minutes of posting it in February, but not before someone complained to the BBC.
The complaint argued that her retweet gave an impression of partiality in a controversial matter and was inconsistent with the position on social media use set out by director-general Tim Davie.
BBC guidelines say staff should “take particular care about maintaining our impartiality on social media” in personal and professional accounts.
It states “expressions of opinion on social media” include “sharing or liking content”.
The BBC’s editorial complaints unit upheld the case made against Ms Maitlis.
A statement said: “The retweeted material was clearly controversial, implying sharp criticism of the Government and there was nothing in the surrounding context to make clear that Ms Maitlis was not endorsing it.”
Piers responded on Twitter saying: “This is quite incredible.
“The Govt has admitted we failed to properly prepare for this pandemic.
“It’s not a partisan comment, it’s a statement of fact supported by the worst death toll in Europe.
“Why is the BBC so utterly spineless? “
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In response, his followers also weighed in on the matter.
One said: “Tell us something we don’t know!! The sooner we have this enquiry the better!!”
A second replied: “Do love this woman… Maitlis keep on rocking.”
While a third commented: “Hoping to see you on @GBNEWS soon, Mr Morgan.”
The reprimand is the latest for the BBC host, who has been under fire for several jibes aimed at the Government over its handling of the pandemic.
She was embroiled in an impartiality row over a Newsnight monologue in May about Dominic Cummings’ hugely controversial trip to County Durham from London during lockdown.
The presenter said Boris Johnson’s former adviser “broke the rules,”.
She stated: “The country can see that and it’s shocked the Government cannot.”
Her comments led to 20,000 complaints that she had shown bias.
The BBC released a statement within 24 hours saying the programme had not met “standards of due impartiality”.
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