Thursday, 23 February 2017

Alternative facts

Not everything you hear on The Daily Politics is necessarily true. 

A report from Copeland on Tuesday's edition saw BBC reporter Jenny Kumah telling us that "The Liberal Democrats came third in the last General Election here". 

No, they didn't. They came fourth, behind UKIP, and lost their deposit.


  1. James Harding has sent a team. Trust them.

  2. No, you are both wrong, they came second. That is how come Tim Farron represents the '48%'!

  3. According to Tony Blair they came in first because their opinions most aligned with his own, and because the electorate have every right to change their minds a year or two later.

  4. You will find that the BBC peddles lots of alternative fact e.g.

    "If it successfully created a fully functional inter-continental ballistic missile, it could conceivably threaten the United States - about 9,000 km (5,500 miles) away - as well as closer neighbours."

    But the distance from North Korea to central Alaska (yes, BBC, it is part of the USA!)is actually 3,552 miles.

    They probably mean the West Coast of the 48 states, in which case they should say so.

  5. Even if these inaccuracies are just down to shoddy journalism it does rather belie the image the BBC promotes of itself as a “world class” broadcaster.

  6. Inaccuracy is not bias unless intentional.