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 BBC issue a statement on their 'corrections and clarifications' page making it clear that when Newsnight claimed Jeremy Corbyn had never apologised for antisemitism, that was a lie.pic.twitter.com/GfCjO3Wt2h
— Saul Staniforth (@SaulStaniforth) April 13, 2023
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?
The BBC apologises for lying then misleads again:
"He said he did not accept all the EHRC findings."
Corbyn: "While I do not accept all of its findings, I trust its recommendations will be swiftly implemented."
Leaving out the "while" and all from the comma changes the meaning. https://t.co/TvPIU5ddZs pic.twitter.com/msfMVKUiS9
— Mark Howell ❤💙 (@markhowell7) April 15, 2023
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.
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