On Friday BBC claimed military parade was video of Russian invasion – now Mirror’s political editor gets in on act with 2014 army recruitment video supposedly new ‘blinder’ of propaganda
On Friday, the BBC broadcast video it claimed was of the Russian invasion of Ukraine showing Russian planes over Kiev. The video was old footage of Ukrainian planes flying over Moscow as part of a military parade. The BBC tried to claim this was shown in error – but former BBC journalists have said such an error would be ‘near-impossible’, as old footage would have to be specifically requested from the BBC’s archive.
And on Saturday evening, the Mirror’s political editor Pippa Crerar got in on the act. Ms Crerar tweeted a video that she described as current propaganda by the Ukrainian government and presented as showing Ukraine ‘playing a blinder in the information war’. She went on to comment that,
This from their defence ministry is very moving.
But the video is in fact an years-old Ukrainian army recruitment video. Not only that, but the video she had recycled by embedding it in her tweet showed she had taken it from a 2021 tweet that said it was an old army recruitment video – and this was rapidly pointed out to her:
In fact, the video was first published eight years ago, as another commenter pointed out and evidenced:
The situation in Ukraine is surely horrific enough. But in the space of only a day and a half the national media have published two claims that turned out to be grossly incorrect, misleading the people of this country – with the BBC unfeasibly claiming it had done by mistake.
At the time of writing, Pippa Crerar had not responded to those pointing out the mismatch or otherwise tweeted about it, though she did publish another Ukraine-related tweet in the last hour. She has been contacted for comment.
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