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27/01/2017

Has BBC News gone overboard in its coverage of Donald Trump's inauguration and first few days as President?


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will push for a Supreme Court judge was opposed to abortion. At 10pm,

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Fiona Bruce will be here with a full round-up of judo's news. First of

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all, it is news watch. Hello and welcome to news watch. It

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has been a long week in US politics but did BBC News go overboard and

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how it covered Donald Trump's inauguration and his first few days

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as president? And was it in the UK's public interest to focus in news

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bulletins on the failure of a Trident missile test last year?

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It has been a busy and controversial first week in office for President

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Trump and we have heard plenty about it on BBC News. It all started, of

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course, in Washington, DC. I Donald John Trump do solemnly swear that I

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will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States...

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And will do the best of my ability. And we'll do the best of my

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ability... Preserve protect and defend the Constitution of the

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United States. Before and after he took the oath of office, there were

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hours of coverage on many channels, with BBC One and BBC News showing

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exactly the same coverage, while BBC Parliament worship -- were showing

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the same live feed but without the BBC commentary. It was all too much

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for these two viewers who wrote: It was all too much

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for these two viewers who Nick Bishop had also had enough,

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e-mailing: we put those points to BBC News and

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they told since last Friday, we have had

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further complaints about the prominent in news headlines of the

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activities and pronouncements of the new president. The White House is

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accused of telling falsehoods in a battle with the media about

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President Trump's inauguration. The president opened his first full week

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in office by signing an order withdrawing the US from a trade

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agreement with Pacific Rim countries. He warned he will

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penalise countries who move jobs overseas. More executive orders

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signed by President Trump. This time, he revives plans to build two

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oil pipelines despite environmental concerns. He promised a wall and now

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he says he will build it within months. Stepping down for the first

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time from oh -- from apples one, President Trump looks forward to his

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meeting with Prime Minister made. I will have to handle it myself.

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Speaking last night, the Prime Minister said again -- the president

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said again he is determined to build a wall between the US and Mexico and

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suggested taxing them to pay for it. So, has the BBC been getting carried

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away with the new presidency? Victoria Wells thinks so.

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Meanwhile, to read the Reilly wrote to us on Monday after she had

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settled down to watch a report on the Supreme Court's judgment on

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Brexit. Do let us know your thoughts on the

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BBC's coverage of Donald Trump's presidency or any aspect of BBC

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News. Details of how to contact us coming up at the end of the

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programme. Now for your other concerns this week, starting with

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reports that an unarmed missile went off-course last June. Andrew Marr

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asked the Prime Minister about that many times. Did you know that

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misfire had occurred when he made the speech? I have absolute faith in

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our missiles. What are was talking about at the time was whether or not

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we should renew our Trident and whether or not we should have an

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independent nuclear deterrent in future. I think we should defend our

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country. I think we should play our way in Nato with an independent --

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with a nuclear deterrent. This is a very serious incident. Did you know

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about it when you told the House of Commons? The issue we were talking

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about in the House of Commons was very serious. The story was picked

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up in bulletins over the next couple of days but some viewers thought the

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concentration on it was ill-advised. We have been getting regular

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complaints and news watch about the way BBC News online words some of

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its headlines in tweets and on the website. Another example came this

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week. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament must

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vote on whether the government can start the process of leaving the

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European Union. One of the campaigners who brought the case was

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Gina Miller, who has been subjected to a number of violent threats

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online and that prompted BBC News to put a tweet out asking if she was

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the most hated woman in the UK? It linked to a discussion on that but

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led to angry responses on twitter. BBC News gave us a statement

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response, which read: Wednesday's News at ten took some

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viewers by surprise with its lead story, a special report from Ed

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Thomas and the marked increase in knife crime in the UK. In five

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years' time, I could be in jail, could be dead, could be the biggest

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drug dealer in Liverpool, you never know, do you, until it happens?

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Tonight, it is Liverpool, but this story could be told in many cities.

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It is one of knives, fear and wasted lives. It started from selling a bit

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of weed, to selling a bit of class A 's. When did you start selling

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knives? -- carrying knives? Finally, it's been noted this week

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that BBC political correspondent Carole Walker is an early riser. On

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Wednesday, she was on air in the cold just after 6am. Our political

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correspondent Carole Walker is outside the houses of parliament for

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us. Good morning to you once again. We were hearing in Tom's piece about

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the Tory rebellion. How large a rebellion is that likely to be? It

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looks as though the number of Tories who will rebel were actually be

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quite small... And she was braving the elements in the same spot at the

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same hour on Friday. The Prime Minister has to do walk a tightrope

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between trying to get on the Donald Trump and also not annoying everyone

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back here with what she says to him. She is under a lot of pressure,

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isn't she? Absolutely. This will be a very important, significant and

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tricky meeting. Carol was also out and about first thing on Tuesday but

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in a different location. We can speak to Carole Walker outside

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Supreme Court this morning. I know Supreme Court this morning. I know

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they don't decide until 930 but what are the thoughts? The expectation

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widely is the judgment will go against the government, that Theresa

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May will be told she must seek the approval of parliament before she

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can trigger Article 50. As we have mentioned, the judgment did against

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-- did go against her but Steve had a question.

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Thank you for all your comments this week. If you want to share your

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opinions on BBC News and current affairs or even appear on the

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programme, you can call us, e-mail -- call us or e-mail. Do you have a

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look at our website as well. We will be back to hear your thoughts about

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BBC News coverage again next week. Goodbye.

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Coming up in a view minutes, a detailed look at the weather for the

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week ahead, followed up by the news at ten,

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Viewers' comments on BBC News coverage, with Samira Ahmed. This week, has BBC News gone overboard in its coverage of Donald Trump's inauguration and first few days as President?


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