Use of 2016 footage covered fact PM held wreath upside down and messed up timing
As the SKWAWKBOX reported yesterday, Boris Johnson’s triple show of disrespect to fallen troops at yesterday’s Remembrance Sunday service provoked anger – and a huge sense of outrage at the absence of any coverage by so-called ‘mainstream’ broadcasters.
Johnson’s attention and eyes wandered during the 11am silence; he set off at the wrong time to lay his wreath – and when he eventually got there he placed it upside down.
That sense of outrage was intensified by of the obvious contrast in how the media would have treated those same affronts had they been committed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
But broadcasters’ silence took on a new aspect this morning when an ‘error’ by the BBC meant that its main morning news bulletin covered Johnson’s blunders completely – by using, without any indication to viewers, footage from three years ago.
Johnson was shown, on the BBC News channel and on BBC1’s Breakfast programme, carrying a green wreath to the Cenotaph:
But yesterday Johnson placed a red wreath – and started his walk to the Cenotaph from a position directly next to Corbyn, not several places down from him as shown in the clip used by the BBC.
The use of old footage was spotted by furious Labour supporters – and the BBC belatedly apologised for what it said was a ‘production error’:
The claims that it was ‘combined with 2019 footage’ appear to have been few if any – instead, they addressed the wholesale ‘swap’:
This ‘error’ was very convenient – allowing millions breakfast-time viewers to proceed with their day in blissful ignorance of Johnson’s disrespect and incompetence, during the general election period of supposed media impartiality. All for the price of an admission hours later on Twitter, which to date has been retweeted the grand sum of 63 times.
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