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C4’s Newman falsely states Corbyn late paying taxes – no apology

News presenter claims she was being ‘impartial’

Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman has failed to apologise after falsely tarring Jeremy Corbyn with the same tax-avoiding brush as Tory front-bencher Nadhim Zahawi.

Speaking to right-wing Labour MP Chris Bryant, Newman claimed that Corbyn had been fined for late payment of his taxes, like Zahawi:

But in fact, Corbyn was not fined for late payment. He paid a £100 fine for filing his tax return a little after the usual 31 January annual deadline – a week late, in fact.

But, as the HMRC website makes clear, if he had made a late payment or even been more than a little late filing his return he would have paid a fine for a lot more than £100:

Ms Newman has so far failed to apologise. Instead, she claimed she was being ‘impartial’:

If genuinely ‘duty bound’ to be impartial, she will lead her next broadcast with a correction and an unqualified apology.

Sadly, it seems unlikely the channel will do it even though Corbyn is no longer a threat to the Establishment after falling to an unprecedented, years-long media and political smear campaign.

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