The SKWAWKBOX has publicised the Twitter schooling given by actor Ralf Little to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over Hunt’s false claims regarding mental health provision.
Hunt had boasted – a bad habit of his that never ends well – about his ‘achievements’, so Little listed the deep and fatal flaws in his claims and challenged Hunt to a live, broadcast debate. Hunt ducked the challenge and has continued to do so.
His latest attempt to avoid having to face exposure involved a face-saving operation in an interview with BBC Newsbeat – in which Hunt ignored the fact that Little had already provided extensive evidence of his false claims, in order to insist that Little only had to provide evidence before Hunt would accept his challenge:
We asked @Jeremy_Hunt to come and debate the NHS with @RalfLittle in the Newsbeat studio.
They've been arguing about it on Twitter. https://t.co/fRXGxi1Hy5 pic.twitter.com/fRTZm3JzNy
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) December 10, 2017
Newsbeat mentions the Twitter ‘argument’, so the BBC is well aware that Little had already done exactly what Hunt was asking for in his very first evidential tweet –before issuing the debate challenge in the first place:
FactCheck had already shown Hunt making false claims – and Hunt had already admitted making false claims. So his comments in his interview with Newsbeat were nothing more than a transparent attempt to evade Little’s challenge.
It takes nothing more to work this out than to simply read the first few tweets of the initial confrontation – yet forty minutes or so later, the BBC Politics Twitter account was tweeting to Little as if the evidence Hunt claimed would be the trigger for him accepting the challenge had not been provided since the challenge was made:
It seems the BBC has gone beyond mere bias and shameless parroting of Tory soundbites and has moved onto trolling concerned citizens on behalf of the falsehood-spouting Tories – even citizens who have already demonstrated themselves to be considerably better informed than the politicians.
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