Broadcaster transmits huge part of Johnson’s promise to reduce scale of government failure – then twists framing of piece to cover further
This morning saw yet another shameful episode in the history of the BBC News channel’s readiness to cover for the Tory government and its failures, lies and broken promises.
In a segment on the expiry of the deadline for the government to hit 100,000 coronavirus tests carried out per day, the BBC showed Boris Johnson promising six weeks ago to hit 25,000 tests a day – and left out entirely the fact that he originally promised to hit 250,000 tests a day imminently.
It also framed the whole segment to make it appear that testing has always been the government’s ‘watchword throughout this crisis’ – even though the Tories have been so slow and dismissive on testing that the UK was one of the countries rebuked by the World Health Organisation for ignoring the WHO’s ‘test, test, test’ strategy that has allowed South Korea to reach zero domestic transmission without even having a lockdown:
The reality is that the Tories’ political decision to ignore the WHO’s advice to put mass testing at the heart of the UK’s coronavirus strategy has needlessly cost thousands of lives – we have suffered more deaths than any other country apart from the US – and has inflicted massive and avoidable damage on our economy.
Even if the Tories claim 100,000 tests were performed today – let alone the 250,000 Boris Johnson promised.
But you won’t hear that from the BBC today.
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