BBC Human Resources Manager Melanie Briggs has sparked a controversy by posting a series of far-left, violence-laden comments on Twitter, even wishing President Donald Trump were dead.
The Sun reported Briggs’s posts on Sunday, Sept. 6, and many were subsequently removed. In 2017 she shared a message that said President Donald Trump, “Please just have a massive coronary and die before you kill everyone else, you deranged, stupid man.”
As reported by The Sun, Briggs was found to have withheld messages from socialist accounts, expressed support for former far-left labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, and disparagingly insulted British conservative actor Laurence Fox.
A BBC source told The Sun about Briggs’s publications: “This is very inappropriate. She’s in a very senior HR role and is constantly swearing using the worst language and posting her political views openly. The timing could not be worse. It’s just after the new top dog said he didn’t want employees openly being political. This is far worse than that.”
“The tweets are outrageous. Wishing somebody dead is appalling. Surely it goes against the BBC values and policies that HR must have an involvement in,” the source added.
Briggs’s messages were not simply opinions on controversial issues. She also used her popularity to encourage leftist activists to take to the streets through social networking if Prime Minister Boris Johnson approved Brexit.
In another story, The Sun reported that the BBC’s new chief executive, Tim Davie, 53, used his first speech last week to warn corporate staff “social media lovers” to keep their opinions private. Davie was blunt in warning listeners that if they wanted to be “party activists” they should not work for the station.
The 53-year-old added, “To be clear, this is not about abandoning democratic values such as championing fair debate or an abhorrence of racism. But it is about being free from political bias, guided by the pursuit of truth, not a particular agenda.”
Finally, he also accepted that those who choose to be stubborn columnists or partisan activists on social networks are free to do so, but suggested that they should not work for the BBC.
The new BBC top executive’s speech comes amid the strong criticism that multimedia has a leftist bias that has been developing over the past few years.
According to Breitbart, a 2019 poll conducted by Norstat revealed that almost two-thirds of the British public assures that the BBC is biased in its news discourse. And among other imposed trends, it has campaigned strongly throughout the political process, promoting and developing anti-Brexit ideology.