As the SKWAWKBOX reported this morning, Radio 4’s John Humphrys did an outstanding job (audio) of forcing Tory Philip Hammond into his own ‘car crash’ moment over his attempts to rubbish Labour’s fully-costed manifesto – and his complete inaccuracy over the cost of the ‘HS2’ rail line.
Humphrys identified the Tories’ deliberate misrepresentation of Labour’s spending commitments, but Laura Kuenssberg of BBC News sadly failed spectacularly – in fact, she did little more than to parrot, almost literally, the nonsensical Tory attack line:
Sky News, on the other hand, did actual journalist-work and stuck a knife through the heart of the Tories’ lies, as this video clip shows:
In case you can’t watch the video, here’s a potted summary:
- the Tories made a huge mis-step by holding a press conference to talk about Labour’s manifesto, drawing even more attention to its popularity with voters
- the Tories’ attack document claiming a £58bn ‘black hole’ in Labour’s plans is false
- they put themselves in the firing line just as it came out that they’re making us all poorer with their policies
- they gave everyone the opportunity to call out Hammond on his rift with Theresa May, which has even involved Hammond swearing during calls with the PM
Ironic that a commercial broadcaster is doing its journalistic job and calling out the Tories for their lies and incompetence when the supposedly-impartial state broadcaster merely acted (again) as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Conservative party.
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