Question Time row: Fiona Bruce issues ‘clarification’ on Abbott gaslighting – but is it enough?

Do you think that this is enough of an apology from Fiona Bruce, for gaslighting Diane Abbott on the BBC’s Question Time on January 17?

Ms Bruce had joined Isobel Oakeshott, after Ms Abbott said Labour and the Conservatives were neck-and-neck in the polls, to claim that the latest poll showed Labour was behind. This was not true and Ms Bruce should have apologised.

I suggested yesterday that the programme would enjoy an upsurge of viewers for its first five minutes – who would switch off if they did not hear an apology in that time. The 20-second statement from Ms Bruce duly appeared midway through the show – ensuring that any viewers who did as I expected would not have a chance to hear it.

The official BBC statement stops short of an apology too.

Labour has made an official complaint, which includes other incidents reported about the Question Time recording in which Ms Abbott appeared.

It has been claimed by audience members that Ms Bruce and another BBC representative told jokes at Ms Abbott’s expense before the show was recorded, apparently to turn opinion against her. It is believed that this was recorded but the BBC is refusing to hand over the material.

And a sound technician said Ms Abbott’s microphone was turned down so she would find it harder to make herself heard.

So the Labour Party still has many reasons to complain.

I’ve already said I hope this goes to court. The BBC has been involved in too many rows like this and deserves a bloody nose.

As for Ms Abbott? She has come out of this smelling of roses:

If this unsavoury incident results in a little more support for the UK’s first black female MP – who receives more hate messages than all the country’s other politicians put together – then I’d say it did some good.

That’s in spite of the efforts of Ms Bruce, Ms Oakeshott and the BBC itself.

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  1. nmac064 January 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    The BBC has become the official mouthpiece of the Tory Party. It needs to be taken down a peg or two.

  2. Susan January 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Too little too late an apology would be more fitting

  3. Jeffrey Davies January 25, 2019 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    BBC staff should all be sacked no reduncies payout put decent people into this BBC

  4. E Maxwell January 25, 2019 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    I will not be watching this program again—– I only intended to wait for her apology which never came as i had already turned off after the allotted first five minutes.I feel the Labour Party should boycott this ‘program’ as the bias against the left has now reached ridiculous proportions. No I do not feel her apology was satisfactory in any way

  5. Pat Sheehan January 25, 2019 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    No TV – No Licence Fee! Starve the BBC and set the ‘sheople’ FREE!

    • Zippi January 31, 2019 at 6:14 am - Reply

      Sadly, such action will hurt only the poorly paid within the organisation.

  6. Lynn Dye January 26, 2019 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Definitely not enough – Diane deserves a full apology.

  7. Zippi January 31, 2019 at 6:13 am - Reply

    It did feel disingenuous and hardly an apology. Shame; I quite like Fiona Bruce in the programme but not her sign off.

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