Laura Kuenssberg’s report misrepresented the Labour leader’s view, the Trust said [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

Despite withdrawing an initial verdict on this complaint, the BBC Trust has had to release it anyway, indicating that the Corporation has been unable to find any excuse for her behaviour this time.

Ms Kuenssberg’s boss, Tory James Harding, is livid – well, he would be. But his words ring hollow. If “BBC News reported on the leader of the Opposition in the same way it would any other politician”, is he saying they can all expect similar breaches of impartiality?

And the finding that there was “no evidence of bias” and the story was “compiled in good faith” simply indicates that Ms Kuenssberg is habitually inaccurate, doesn’t it?

Calls have been raised for Ms Kuenssberg’s removal as BBC political editor but these will fall on deaf ears as Tory James is happy for her to treat Mr Corbyn as she has in this instance (obviously – look at his comments).

But her reputation is seriously damaged and she would be wise to double-check every word she utters from now on – particularly about politicians she, personally, does not respect.

The BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, inaccurately reported Jeremy Corbyn’s views about shoot-to-kill policies in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, according to the BBC Trust.

The BBC regulator concluded that Kuenssberg report for the News at Six in November 2015 breached the broadcaster’s impartiality and accuracy guidelines, misrepresenting his view on the appropriate use of force against terrorist attackers.

The item included a clip of the Labour leader stating: “I am not happy with a shoot-to-kill policy in general. I think that is quite dangerous and I think can often be counterproductive.”

Kuenssberg had presented that as Corbyn’s response to a question put to him on whether he would be “happy for British officers to pull the trigger in the event of a Paris-style attack”, but the Trust concluded that Corbyn had been speaking in a different context.

The Labour leader had been responding to a question asking whether he would be happy to order police or military “to shoot to kill” on Britain’s streets – and not specifically regarding a Paris-style attack in the UK.

In response to an earlier question specifically about the use of shoot-to-kill in the event of a terrorist attack in London, which was not used in the programme, Corbyn had replied: “Of course you’d bring people on to the streets to prevent and ensure there is safety within our society, much better that’s done by the police than security services, much better we have strong and effective community policing, neighbourhood policing and a cohesive society that brings people together.”

The Trust found that the inaccuracy was “compounded” when Kuenssberg went on to state that Corbyn’s message “couldn’t be more different” to that of the prime minister, who was about to publish anti-terrorism proposals.

In its finding the Trust also said that there was no evidence of bias or of intent on the part of the senior BBC journalist, however.

Source: BBC Trust says Laura Kuenssberg report on Corbyn was inaccurate | Media | The Guardian

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