Last night the BBC published outrageous fake news when it claimed – both on its website and in its broadcast coverage – that the OPCW ‘chemical weapons watchdog’ had confirmed, in its ‘fact-finding mission’ report, that chlorine gas had been used to attack civilians in the Syrian town of Douma.
The government, supported by right-wing Labour ‘hawks’, launched missile attacks on Syrian facilities on the basis of the alleged ‘gas attack’. The buildings destroyed showed no signs that chemical weapons had been present.
This morning, the BBC has changed the content of its story to one less distant from the truth:
The article does not – as normal journalistic practice would require – inform readers that it has been amended from its original content. The news channel does not appear to have given viewers any correction on its false claims of last night. The BBC has been asked whether the channel will advise viewers they were misled.
The BBC’s resort to outright fake news is a scandal, even for a thoroughly-compromised ‘impartial’ broadcaster.
Other broadcasters and press who followed the BBC’s lead and made similar false claims do not yet appear to have corrected their assertions.
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