BBC ‘corrects’ Newsnight anti-Semitism lies against Jeremy Corbyn

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Why is the BBC only ‘correcting’ its lie about Jeremy Corbyn on Newsnight? What about all the other occasions the same falsehood has been repeated on its programmes?

The corporation has issued a statement on its “corrections and clarifications” web page, as illustrated in the tweet below that juxtaposes the offence with the explanation:

The correction, dated April 13, 2023, reads:

“BBC Two, 28 March 2023

“In an item about Labour’s National Executive Committee voting to stop former leader Jeremy Corbyn running as a candidate in the next general election, we referenced the row over antisemitism in the party and Mr Corbyn’s “refusal to offer up any kind of apology for that”. We also questioned whether he would refuse to apologise “as he has all the way up to now” if antisemitism came up in an election campaign.

“To be clear, Mr Corbyn apologised for antisemitism in Labour on a number of occasions as Party Leader, including ahead of a meeting with Jewish community leaders in April 2018. In 2020, after the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigated antisemitism in the party and found unlawful harassment and discrimination, Labour suspended Mr Corbyn after he said he did not accept all the EHRC findings and said the scale of antisemitism had been ‘dramatically overstated’.”

But isn’t even the correction misleading?

But what about the falsehoods in other BBC programmes, such as Politics Live?

Consider the utterances of Rafael Behr and Jenny Chapman on February 20 this year, here:

Or those of Siobahn McDonagh and Sebastian Payne on March 27 this year, here:

The BBC may well try to duck out of responsibility by saying these were the words of guests on its programmes – but of course those words were not corrected by any BBC representative, despite the corporation’s duty to report the facts.

Jenny Chapman referred to “integrity and credibility”. By failing to correct all instances in which falsehoods about Mr Corbyn were uttered on its programmes, the BBC trashes its own reputation for either.

Source: BBC apologise for Corbyn anti-Semitism slurs

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1 thought on “BBC ‘corrects’ Newsnight anti-Semitism lies against Jeremy Corbyn

  1. Tony

    “including one surreal episode when Corbyn allies attacked the flagship BBC Newsnight programme for allegedly altering a photograph of Jeremy Corbyn to make the hat he was wearing look ‘more Russian’.

    (The British General Election of 2019) by Robert Ford, Tim Bale, Will Jennings and Paula Surridge, p156).

    This is one of a number of anti-Corbyn statements that somewhat mar an otherwise rather good book. The incident referred to above clearly did happen.

    Incidentally, the ‘flagship’ Newsnight programme spiked a story about Jimmy Savile made by its own reporters. The reporters on the ‘flagship’ then took the unprecedented decision to give the story to ITV. If it had been up to the ‘flagship’ Newsnight programme, we would still be in the dark about Savile.

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