Tories caught in huge lie as they attempted to divert attention from Boris Johnson’s A&E car-crash and anger over 4yo boy forced to sleep on hospital floor. BBC’s coverage? None
On Monday, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and a number of other senior political journalists repeated as fact a Tory claim that one of Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s aides had been ‘punched in the face‘ by a Labour activist.
It was a complete lie.
Kuenssberg and the others were forced to retract and apologise. But when the BBC covered Hancock’s visit to a Leeds hospital – over an incident in which a sick 4-year-old child had to sleep on the floor because there were no beds because of Tory underfunding – where the non-punch was claimed, the Tory lie was toweringly absent from the coverage.
Even though the voice-over narrative was by the same Laura Kuenssberg who repeated and then had to withdraw the Tories’ lie:
This general election has been characterised by a level of media bias and complicity that has dwarfed even the scandal of the 2017 campaign.
The only mention of it on the BBC News channel was a mention by one of the guests on the evening’s newspaper review that slipped out live.
The governing party made up a wholesale fiction – a bare-faced lie – to distract from a massive embarrassment for the Tories in Boris Johnson’s car-crash interview about the appalling plight of a small child because of Tory policies.
And yet again, the BBC’s policy – during a period in which it has a legal duty to report impartially – was to hide it from the nation.
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