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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,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


they told since last Friday, we have had


further complaints about the prominent in news headlines of the


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


accused of telling falsehoods in a battle with the media about


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


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


agreement with Pacific Rim countries. He warned he will


penalise countries who move jobs overseas. More executive orders


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


away with the new presidency? Victoria Wells thinks so.


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


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


Brexit. Do let us know your thoughts on the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


correspondent Carole Walker is outside the houses of parliament for


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


BBC News coverage again next week. Goodbye.


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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?