Video footage of Boris Johnson fleeing Addenbrooke’s hospital has gone viral – but ignored by ‘mainstream’ broadcasters. Ofcom rules will demand change
Earlier today, Boris Johnson’s cynical ‘PR stunt’ at Addenbrooke’s hospital backfired massively as he fled the hospital to jeers and boos from assembled NHS staff and patients:
A young medical student bravely told how she was pushed out of the way as she tried to question Johnson – and called him a coward.
But while so-called ‘mainstream’ broadcasters reported the visit – and showed Johnson in an NHS white coat spouting his canned and banal soundbites – they have entirely refused to inform viewers about the far more real and significant events above, as a search for reports of those events shows:
The refusal to inform the public is a disgrace. But as soon as Parliament is dissolved and the official election campaign begins, broadcasters will be legally obliged to follow regulator Ofcom’s rules about the reporting of election campaigns:
How well they actually fulfil their obligations remains to be seen. But past performance and recent history suggest that, as usual, conveying the truth to the people will be left to the independent media and Labour’s mass grassroots support.
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