Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Morrissey blasts BBC treatment of Brexit voters & ‘refusal’ to accept EU referendum result

 Morrissey live
 http://www.songkick.com/artists/417787-morrissey

INDIE rock star Morrissey has blasted the BBC for condemning Brexit voters as “racist, drunk and irresponsible”.The singer-songwriter, who has previously expressed his admiration for Ukip leader Nigel Farage, railed against the British media’s “refusal” to accept the EU referendum result. In an interview with Israeli website Walla!, the former frontman of The Smiths claimed the BBC had “persistently denigrated” Leave supporters following the historic vote to quit the EU on June 23. The BBC denied the claims, branding them "inaccurate" and insisting its coverage had been impartial. Morrissey said: “I am shocked at the refusal of the British media to be fair and accept the people’s final decision just because the result of the referendum did not benefit the establishment. “It was a shock to hear how the BBC persistently denigrated everyone who voted to Leave. “They have managed to accuse, judge and convict the majority as racist, drunk and irresponsible. “On the other hand I did not hear the BBC question the decision of Remain voters. “It just goes to show how the BBC, like Sky News and Fox News, did not really tell us the news, but tried to influence us with their opinions, which goes against the moral duty of the news networks.”The comments mark a continuing assault on the BBC by the musician. Earlier this month, Morrissey used an interview with Australian media to hail “liberal educators” such as Mr Farage and controversial ex-Labour MP George Galloway. Confirming he could launch a future bid to become Mayor of London, the Manchester-born star said: “?The BBC now do not give you news, but they give you their opinion, and therefore they give anyone a very hard time if that person does not suit the convenience and prejudices of the established elite. “Therefore liberal educators such as George Galloway and Nigel Farage are loathed by the BBC because both men respect equal freedom for all people, and they are not remotely intimidated by the BBC.” In 2013, Morrissey revealed he “nearly voted for Ukip” as he found Mr Farage’s views on Europe “quite logical”. In response to the remarks a BBC spokesman said: “This is an inaccurate description of our coverage. The BBC provided clear and impartial information about the different sides of the argument in a way that ensured that our coverage was balanced and fair across the duration of the campaign.”
 express

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