Sunday 22 September 2019

Us, us, us

During this morning's 8 o'clock News and Paper on Radio 4 came this:
The Sunday Times says one of Jeremy Corbyn's closest aides, Andrew Fisher, the author of the party's last manifesto, has resigned because "he believes Mr Corbyn will not win the next general election". In a memo seen by the paper Mr Fisher reportedly criticised the leader's team for "a lack of professionalism, competence and human decency". But in a separate statement seen by BBC News Mr Fisher indicates his motivation for quitting is to "prioritise" his family and he's to stay on until after any Autumn election. 
That "in a separate statement seen by BBC News" is very BBC in its limelight-hogging and credit-grabbing. Yet that "separate statement" was actually all over Twitter well before midnight last night with Sky's Tom Rayner, for one, tweeting it at 11:16 pm and Shehab Khan of ITV News tweeting it at 11:22 pm

So here's BBC Radio 4, nearly nine hours later, using the phrase "seen by BBC News" as if it was , somehow, their exclusive.

It's not big in the great scheme of things but, as I say, it is very BBC. 

1 comment:

  1. You should try it! - "ITBBBCB has learned that Emily Maitlis has been criticised for her interviewing style which gave the impression she was unfairly engaging in a personalised attack on Rod Liddle." Sounds good doesn't it?


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