BBC’s shame: Attack on Corbyn over Woman’s Hour interview is crushed by the public

Last Updated: May 30, 2017By

Emma Barnett catches Jeremy Corbyn out on Woman’s Hour. Well done. What about the fact that the entire Conservative manifesto is uncosted and the Tories cannot provide the price of ANY of their spending commitments?

That’s right. Jeremy Corbyn forgot the figures for Labour’s new childcare policy and the presenter of Woman’s Hour, Emma Barnett, barracked him mercilessly while he tried to look them up.

Here’s what they were talking about:

Since then, the BBC has run an article on its website (as have others), and there was a long segment on its Daily Politics programme.

The public has picked up on this – as intended.

And responded in exactly the opposite way from what the Corporation’s Tory-supporting news execs no doubt expected.

I’ll let the tweets speak for themselves:

This one’s by me:

(It’s £4.8 billion, if you had missed it.)

Conclusion: The writing is on the wall for “gotcha!” journalism.

We aren’t interested in constant attempts to catch Labour out. We want to know about all parties’ policies.

If the BBC can’t help us with that, why are we paying the licence fee?

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  1. NMac May 30, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Great to see the reaction from the public. Why hasn’t May been flayed alive ten times over for not even providing any figures at all.

  2. PAUL LAWLOR May 30, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Every time I have heard Emma Barnett interview Labour MPs on 5 Live I have got annoyed esp.when she is accusing Labour MPs of not answering her questions when they plainly do answer them, she cannot be bothered to use her blasted ears!.

    I began to think where have I heard her name before and she.sounds like a right Tory, now I know she is ,her media credentials say it all -Torygraph,Sky,BBC…

  3. Mike Rich May 30, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Remarkable incompetence no matter which way you try and spin it.

    • Mike Sivier June 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      … by the editors of Woman’s Hour? Yes.

  4. John Prewett May 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    At least he is going to help 2 to 4 year olds, unlike this Tory Gang !.

  5. Denis Grace May 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Theresa May didn’t give an answer to a costing with Jeremy Paxman but it wasn’t pounced on and exploited.

  6. plhepworth May 30, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I have already tweeted I hope scathingly on this. It is cheap and lazy of journalists to set traps for politicians over figures they can’t be expected to carry in their heads like performing parrots – yah boo school playground level discourse which puts the BBC to shame. Can’t they get the quality of staff these days? Labour has costed its policies and put the figures up to be shot at. The BBC should be acknowledging this and grilling the Tories over the sinister lack of detail in their manifesto.

  7. Charine John May 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Seriously, Women’s Hour? Thought you were better than this. Or are you channelling the spirit of Katie Hopkins?

  8. Audrey Pool May 30, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    The constant bbc attempts to discredit any party other than the conservatives in every news item,interview and programme are now so blatant that they can no longer claim to be impartial.I for one resent having to pay for tory propoganda.Corbyn forgot one figure whilst being relentlessy hectored this
    was simply unpleasant bullying whilst the senior Tory representatives who have gotten their figures hopelessly wrong(20 billion anyone) arent even questioned.May chilled

  9. Elaine Lighfoot May 30, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Sorry woman’s hour.
    I once admired your show. The quality of journalism has dropped to a new low.
    By bye BBC for me. I am cancelling my TV license.

  10. clare wells May 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    saw the interview – how do I complain about Emma Barnet?? on such an important issue for women the whole point was trivialized for the sake of a cheap jibe.

  11. Tim Bates May 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    This interview was the cruelest thing I have heard on Radio 4. It sounded like bear-baiting. Who cares about the numbers in the context of an interVIEW? It ought to be about ideas, not the minutiae of numbers which are easily found, as the tormenter (I cannot describe her as an interviewer) demonstrated. Cringeworthy.

  12. Jez Davis May 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    ‘Conclusion: The writing is on the wall for “gotcha!” journalism.’

    – I sincerely hope that’s the case, but when you consider the blatant degree of quite shocking bias the BBC have displayed ever since Corbyn’s name was first put forward as party leader, does it honestly seem likely that a change is on the horizon?

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