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This is according to The Telegraph’s Dominic Penna, who portrays an extraordinarily chummy scene between the BBC “journalist” and the very people she is supposed to scrutinise, during a late night karaoke session at the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester.
Writing on Twitter, Penna claimed:
“Laura Kuenssberg and Michael Gove had a dance-off and rap battle as one Tory MP sang Ice Ice Baby at karaoke last night”
Penna also went on to claim that Kuenssberg’s BBC colleague, Lewis Goodall – who is currently the Policy Editor on Newsnight – attempted to sing the ABBA hit Dancing Queen, before making fun of the Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner’s recent comments about “Tory scum” – stating:
“Kuenssberg’s BBC colleague Lewis Goodall then gave Dancing Queen his best shot — after quipping: “Have we got any Tory scum in the audience?”
Michael Gove was filmed dancing with his Tory colleague Tom Tugendhat a little while earlier:
Michael Gove and Tom Tugendhat are having a *great* time on the dance floor at Tory conference. pic.twitter.com/pYGz8AzK2m
— John Johnston (@johnjohnstonmi) October 6, 2021
Unsurprisingly, people weren’t exactly impressed by the news that high profile “journalists” for the UK’s supposedly impartial public broadcaster were apparently chumming it up with the government:
If you were in any doubt about the impartiality of the BBC take a look at Laura Kuenssberg shaking her tail feathers with Gove! She is part of the 'Party'! https://t.co/dMHCRMfTS3
— linda m tomlinson (@tomlinsonlindam) October 7, 2021
BBC political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, having a nice old jolly with Gove at tory conference. Dance-off. Is this for real? https://t.co/TOlURU6QYd
— Unrepentant Kaite ☮️ (@LazyDropOut) October 6, 2021
Mysteriously, Penna has since deleted his viral tweet.
The BBC has been dogged by accusations of pro-government bias in recent years, with their coverage of the 2019 General Election – where the corporation made numerous “mistakes”, all of which just happened to benefit Boris Johnson’s Tories – coming in for huge criticism.
In addition, Boris Johnson’s appointment of two Tory cronies – Conservative Party donor Richard Sharp, and former Tory candidate Tim Davie – to the BBC’s top two positions, hasn’t exactly increased public trust in the corporation’s impartiality.
From now on we shall be referring to our public broadcaster as the “Tory-run BBC”.
We’re very much looking forward to right-wingers getting upset at a *literal fact*.
(BBC’s new Director General Tim Davie was a Tory candidate and the new Chairman Richard Sharp is a Tory donor)
— Evolve Politics (@evolvepolitics) January 12, 2021
And now, given Laura Kuenssberg’s latest antics at Tory Conference, it’s safe to say that the BBC’s reputation won’t be improving any time soon.
UPDATE: The BBC has since claimed that the story is “completely untrue” – but refused to give any further details.
In addition, The Telegraph issued an afternoon newsletter which rebuked their own reporter’s account of the evening – but gave very few details as to how exactly Penna could have possibly got the story so wildly incorrect:
this is from the Telegraph's email newsletter this afternoon pic.twitter.com/sboIfvwzV5
— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) October 7, 2021