Tuesday 18 October 2016

BBC journalist suspended over social media comment

You may recall:

Well, Guido Fawkes now has an update...

We've been here several times before. 

Of course in the long run it doesn't always work out too badly for the BBC journalist in question. 

You may also recall Jasmine Lawrence, the BBC News Channel editor who tweeted about UKIP being a party that "stands up for white, middle class, middle aged men w sexist/racist views" and got taken off taken off election duty by the BBC (in 2014) as a result. A few months ago she was promoted to Deputy News Editor at the BBC News Channel.

So, chin up, Danny. In a year or two's time you might actually be running BBC Look North.


  1. The Jasmine Lawrence naughty step of lucrative gardening leave and eventual promotion? Unique.

  2. Poor guy - obviously thought he was doing his career good by expressing the BBC consensus but he didn't understand the rules: always retweet the political opinion with a neutral comment e.g. "Interesting take on UK migration policy from UN Special Rapporteur..." That allows you complete deniability! :)

    1. It is odd, as the 'special' Editorial Guidelines are quite clear:

      "Quote" from a third party - in the clear
      'quote' of what a third party quotes - in the clear
      Posing as a question (e.g.: 'Is Donald Trump a rapist?'): in the clear
      Citing 'sources who say' - in the clear, fully supported by both Complaints and, if necessary, FOI DPA
      Being dumber than a box of rocks and out and out propagandising, even with a 'views my own' twitter disclaimer: try not to be silly next time

  3. It's confusing. I mean the heading about someone sharing Caroline Lucas's post, so I thought she had written it and he was quoting it.

    1. As I wrote in my first post about this, I got confused too. I thought it might have been the mysterious 'Bernard Keavy' being quoted.

  4. So if there hadn't been such prominent outcry, the disgusting BBC management wouldn't have taken him off air of their own volition. His supervisors knew immediately what he had said, and were obviously fine with it.

    Nobody at the BBC raised an eyebrow at what he said. No co-worker filed an anonymous complaint, no BBC employee who saw his tweet thought there was anything untoward.

    What ever happened to that regional daytime dj who was shifted off his prime slot before the last election simply because he was engaged to a woman standing for a Tory seat? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/bbc/11498823/BBC-Radio-DJ-vents-anger-after-being-ousted-for-getting-engaged-to-Tory-MP.html) Has he been promoted yet?

    And what about that BBC Bristol radio presenter (https://jonathanturley.org/2008/11/11/bbc-anchor-fired-over-racist-conversation-with-taxi-dispatcher/} who got fired for telling a taxi dispatcher that her daughter would be uncomfortable with a driver deeply steeped in a culture which is now known to have produced several sexual assault gangs who were highly active at the time?

    If it weren't for double standards, the BBC would have no standards at all.


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