BBC News derided for bias in completely misleading clip used on day after Question Time leaders’ special
The BBC has admitted that it should not have edited out the BBC Question Time audience’s laughter at Boris Johnson’s response to a WASPI woman’s question.
Johnson had said that he thought honesty was very important in a Prime Minister – triggering mocking laughter from the audience and applause for May Rookes’ question. But the BBC edited the footage for broadcast the next day, giving the impression that the audience was applauding Johnson rather than his critic:
Broadcasters have a strict impartiality obligation during a general election under Ofcom rules.
The BBC has now said the footage should not have been edited in the way that it was – but has described the blatant bias as ‘a mistake on our part’:
However, the broadcaster is still claiming that the footage was shortened “for timing reasons” – even though a string of professional video editors have come out to say that it would not be possible to simply shorten the video and create such a misleading clip.
The BBC added that “there was absolutely no intention to mislead”.
If you believe that, there are a few bridges Boris Johnson would like to sell you…
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