BBC forced to publicly correct after SKWAWKBOX exposes fake news


Earlier today, the SKWAWKBOX exposed false news broadcast last night by the BBC’s Newsnight programme. Newsnight claimed to show Jeremy Corbyn’s response to Philip Hammond’s Budget yesterday, but in fact showed a far less powerful clip of his response to the spring budget in March.

two corbynsCorbyn responding to Hammond’s budget, left – and a still from the footage shown by Newsnight

This afternoon, Newsnight issued the following tweet:

newsnight apology.pngNote that there is no apology, nor did the programme respond to the SKWAWKBOX’s press request for comment sent before publication of the exposé.

Social media activists have demanded that the BBC properly correct its ‘mistake’ by apologising in full at the top of its broadcast tonight, showing the proper clip in full, providing a proper explanation – and correcting its lasting record of the broadcast on BBC iPlayer.

It remains to be seen whether it will do so.

The BBC has…

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