ITV pointing out huge holes in story raises questions about credibility of articles and book
The Murdoch Times has been running a series of attacks on Jeremy Corbyn extracted from a book written by one of its writers and another from the Guardian, both of whom regularly targeted the Labour Party during his leadership. But its credibility has quickly come into question after ITV exploded one of its claims, a lengthy and detailed attack on Corbyn’s wife, Laura Alvarez – and the Sunday Times backed down and amended the article.
The article casts Alvarez as impatient, demanding and controlling – which those who know her well say is laughable – and goes into considerable detail about her supposed embarrassing interference in a campaign event:
According to one source, Alvarez was “in one of her moods where she decided Jeremy needed to be on TV with his wife”. As a TV crew filmed Corbyn preparing an oatcake with the local parliamentary candidate, Alvarez defied protocol and marched up to Corbyn: “Make me one.” She then sat down and said to him in Spanish: “Make me one with honey. I want one with honey.” Two junior aides frantically intervened and attempted to remove Alvarez, who was obscuring the shot. She refused, giving the staff an upbraiding in full view of the rolling camera. “I’m trying to make him happy and you’re stopping it,” she snapped. “I’m his wife, you need to let me do this, you don’t understand what’s good for him.” Corbyn declined to intervene.
A cameraman whispered to one aide: “What the f*** is going on?” Another aide said: “This is really awkward, what do we do? There are like 10 cameras here, this is f***ing mental.”
It concludes by claiming that Corbyn’s team had to persuade ITV not to use the footage, in order to avoid embarrassment, to the delight of other hacks who habitually attacked the former Labour leader.
But ITV’s head of politics, Amber de Botton, destroyed the claim in a single tweet, in which she made clear that the claim that ITV was asked to withhold any footage was false – and that, as ‘pool’ footage, it was available unedited to other broadcasters:
The Sunday Times removed the claim – but left in the attack on Alvarez, in spite of the obvious questions over its credibility raised by the discredited claim and it remains in the book that the series of extracts is touting.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted co-author Gabriel Pogrund for comment. He declined to comment on the record but stood by the credibility of both the Alvarez claim and the book.
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