Daily Politics, BBC2, 15 February 2013: Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

A viewer complained that an item on Marxism had been biased and inaccurate.

 

Outcome

The item set out to consider two questions – whether Marxism worked, and whether it could provide lessons for “the post-economic crash era in which anti-capitalism protests are rife”.  In most respects, it observed the levels of impartiality and accuracy due in the treatment of such questions, but the reporter’s attribution to Marx of the view that capitalism was doomed because it was unfair was not duly accurate in an item whose subject was Marxism.

Partly upheld

 

Further action

The Editor discussed the finding with the programme team and reinforced the need for careful scripting.

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