He’s behind you: The offending Newsnight backdrop.

Are we calling this “HatGate” yet?

Perhaps we will, after this little revelation:

Oh right. So a Queen’s Counsel is ready to swear that the BBC creates imagery of Jeremy Corbyn that encourages viewers to consider him a villain.

The BBC hasn’t been ready to admit it, though – even after it started to receive complaints of bias – like this one:

Mr Collis had written: “I am utterly disgusted by your photo-shopped image of Jeremy Corbyn on Newsnight. Mr Corbyn had clearly condemned the attack just as Theresa May did, but unlike her has called for a more measured response until all the evidence is established and we know beyond all doubt that Russia was behind the poisoning. This, many people believe, is an appropriate response shown by a considerate leader. To portray him as a Russian and the implications behind that was utterly despicable. You are the taxpayer-funded state broadcaster and you are supposed to be impartial. I cannot imagine a scenario where you would have photo-shopped Theresa May as say, for example, a fascist dictator, with a backdrop from North Korea or the like. If you did there would be a huge public outcry and probably threats of legal action. I believe Mr Corbyn deserves an apology and I hope never to see such grubby tabloid-like reporting ever again on the BBC.”

The BBC’s Press Team tried to defend the indefensible:

Newsnight producer Jess Brammar tried very hard with this defence…

… that actually made matters worse for the flailing Corporation:

By now, people with a higher public profile were chipping in, and the BBC was starting to seem like a laughing-stock:

So the BBC News Press Team tried to calm matters down with another statement; no dice.

Perhaps the worst insult of all happened when the public started suggesting ways to redress the balance – that were less-than-complimentary to that good friend of BBC News, Theresa May:

Perhaps the last nail was hammered home when people started using the BBC Press Team’s own excuse as their own:

How long will this go on before the BBC gives in?

All any of them has to do is apoologise for causing offence – and undertake never to cause it in a similar way again.

That’s especially in the light of the revelation at the top of this article.


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