If someone reads the news that suggests they are already using a partisan source, most traditionally like the Telegraph or Guardian, but today it could be one of thousands of other websites, blogs or even social media where fact checking and probity is at best, patchy.
Many people today read a raft of news sources to get a fuller picture, including foreign publications whether English language or not. That's getting a rounded view, not depending on the BBC. Like any other news channel the BBC is influenced by its world-view, opinions and prejudices.
The BBC is not bad at impartiality but it is not uniquely good either - you still have to think about the way it reports something, or the nature of the political satire it commissions, or why it decides not to have vocal performances of Rule Britannia or LoHaG - and the decision made seems to have been a political act, not for Covid related reasons.
I would counter argue that the main political influence nationally comes not from reading either the Telegraph or the Guardian, but rather from the news-rack tabloids (and today their websites).
They have a far greater circulation for a start.
And right wing and vested interest rank very highly amongst them and their proprietors.
IMV political (and social) influence comes mostly from sources that are not overt and obvious.
The nuance and portrayed societal norms of the soap operas, and similar, ranks very highly in the influence stakes.
To read and digest news from a number of sources takes an amount of time most people simply do not have.
Unless they are in the news profession, or just have a cushy number.
Relatively few have the inclination to read foreign news coverage, but would rather bathe in the rousing strident tones of Rule Britannia.
I always thought the BBC made a reasonable fist of attempting broad and even coverage.
It's long established tentacles into the old Empire often provided something rather unique.
The remit to please all is almost impossible.
The London centric base is actually somewhat diluted by regional centers I think.
One of the biggest disappointments in the BBC, for me personally was, as I already alluded, the coverage of the Referendum.
The advantages of belonging to tolerant and secular Europe and the EU were often underplayed.
Contrasting starkly with dishonest and expenses cheating Farage's ever present rantings about fishing rights.
Which were found at almost every twist of the knob, with little counter argument. Even I knew more about the history of fishing around the UK than most BBC presenters.
I just looked at the cost of Ferries to the Continent. They have risen over 30% since the same time and journey last year.
Inflation's only 2%!!))