Earlier today, the SKWAWKBOX exposed false news broadcast last night by the BBC’s Newsnight programme. Newsnight claimed to show Jeremy Corbyn’s response to Philip Hammond’s Budget yesterday, but in fact showed a far less powerful clip of his response to the spring budget in March.
This afternoon, Newsnight issued the following tweet:
Note that there is no apology, nor did the programme respond to the SKWAWKBOX’s press request for comment sent before publication of the exposé.
Social media activists have demanded that the BBC properly correct its ‘mistake’ by apologising in full at the top of its broadcast tonight, showing the proper clip in full, providing a proper explanation – and correcting its lasting record of the broadcast on BBC iPlayer.
It remains to be seen whether it will do so.
The BBC has attributed the misleading broadcast to a mistake. If one of the new left media had made a similar error, the outrage, ‘dogpiling’ and calls for it to be closed or proscribed would be heard in neighbouring countries and still echoing six months from now.
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