Saturday, 25 July 2009
Genial left-winger Gavin Esler was on biased form again on last night's 'Newsnight'.
Discussing the results of the Norwich North by-election, he interviewed Labour's Ben Bradshaw (ex-Beeboid) and Labour's Charles Clarke, as well as the Conservative Grant Shapps.
The Interruption Coefficients are absolutely clear-cut:
Grant Shapps, 2.4
Ben Bradshaw, 0.0
Charles Clarke, 0.0
To flesh this out, here are their respective timings:
Shapps, 2 minutes 53 seconds
Bradshaw, 3 minutes 45 seconds
Clarke, 6 minutes 12 seconds
And here are the number of interruptions:
And all this is before we even consider the content of Esler's questions and the tone of each interview!
Could the bias be any clearer?