BBC hit back as HIGNFY is stung with complaints over 'bias' against Cummings

Have I Got News For You has been stung with complaints that its latest episode was unfairly biased against Dominic Cummings. 

Boris Johnson’s chief advisor was heavily blasted for travelling from his London home to Durham while the UK was in full lockdown with millions calling for the 48-year-old to resign immediately. 

And the deep-rooted anger continued when the prime minister and his cabinet continued to defend Mr. Cummings while countless others have been deprived of seeing their loved ones on death beds, struggled to care for families, and stayed at home – as instructed in the government guidelines. 

Police confirmed Mr. Cummings ‘might have broken lockdown laws’, but ruled out an investigation. Still, the wounds were felt by many. 

With the scandal being at the core of the news week, naturally the poorly sighted father-of-one was the main topic of conversation during the weekly satirical panel show.

‘It’s absolutely clear he did break the regulations,’ regular team captain Ian Hislop said. 

‘He found one tiny clause which he said made an exception, but that didn’t cover the journey, for example, his [second] journey to Barnard Castle.

‘It was nonsense. It was absolute nonsense and I suppose people were cross because they think he’s taking us for an idiot.’

But without anyone there to fight Mr Cummings’ corner, many viewers felt he was given a rough ride on Have I Got News For You. 

The BBC have now responded, hitting back: ‘HIGNFY has always covered the biggest news stories of the week and allegations that Dominic Cummings had broken lockdown guidelines had dominated headlines across many news outlets. This was a fast moving story, with many layers. 

‘The BBC has a long tradition of satire and it isn’t unusual for public figures to have their actions scrutinised. No-one in the public eye is exempt.

‘We don’t consider that this story received disproportionate coverage on the programme. It was certainly one of the biggest news stories of the week, and it was appropriate for it to be the focus of this episode as it reflected what much of the nation had been discussion and debating. 

‘The jokes and asides were intended to be funny and not expressions of fact.’ 

In the same week, BBC Newsnight reporter Emily Maitlis was reprimanded for her blistering monologue against Mr. Cummings. However, many applauded the journalist for simply ‘speaking the truth’. 

Have I Got News For You is available to stream on BBC iPlayer. 

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