A viewer complaint has reignited the argument between supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and Laura Kuenssberg, BBC’s political editor. A draft report shows that Jeremy Corbyn’s views on shoot-to-kill policies were misrepresented by the BBC and Kuenssberg.
Provisional findings said there had been a “failure of impartiality” in the News at Six item.
Following feedback from the BBC, the regulator has agreed to reconsider the case as Ms Kuensberg was not spoken to in course of the investigation.
The complaint was made in November 2015. It focuses on a question put to Jeremy Corbyn asking whether he supported a shoot-to-kill policy if an attack similar to Paris, happened in London, in the event of him becoming Prime Minister.
However, it transpires that the original question asked did not mention a Paris attack.
Mr Corbyn replied, “I’m not happy with a shoot-to-kill policy in general. I think that is quite dangerous and I think can often be counter-productive. I think you have to have security that prevents people firing off weapons where you can.”
The actual question asked was, “But if you were Prime Minister, would you be happy to order people – police or military – to shoot to kill on Britain’s streets?”
Later, Mr Corbyn told Labour’s national executive committee that he supported “strictly necessary force.”
The BBC Trust has provisionally concluded that “There was a significant difference between what Mr Corbyn said and what the report inferred. This led to a failure of due accuracy.
“Trustees considered that the effect of the failures to observe due accuracy had, on this occasion, also resulted in a failure of impartiality.” The Trust said there was “no evidence of any intent to deceive or distort”.
Independent studies have shown that the media has become establishment attack dogs against Jeremy Corbyn specifically since the failed coup against his leadership. The BBC has been no exception in the distribution of misinformation.