A draft report leaked to The Sunday Herald newspaper has reaffirmed what many Labour Party members believe, and that is that the BBC is biased towards Jeremy Corbyn.
The investigation happened following a viewer complaint that Jeremy Corbyn has been misrepresented in a news report following the terrorist attacks in Paris last year. The report was to be made official last November, but as it focuses on actions by Laura Kuenssberg who was not spoken to by the report authors, the BBC has put the report on hold.
A News at Six story about the Paris terror attacks, showed Kuenssberg asking Jeremy Corbyn about shoot to kill policies.
The News at Six story, showed Kuenssberg asking this question, “Earlier today I asked the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn if he were the resident here at Number 10 whether or not he would be happy for British officers to pull the trigger in the event of a Paris style attack.”
Corbyn responded, “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. There are various degrees of doing things, as we know. But the idea you end up with a war on the streets is not a good thing.”
However, the answer Corbyn gave was in response to a different question. The 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?”
The report found that Kuenssberg reporting was inaccurate and scripted poorly, “Trustees accepted that the Political Editor had scripted her report for the News at Six in good faith. But this was a critical question at a time of extreme national concern. The audience would have an expectation that a scripted item on its prime time television news programme on such a day would reflect with the greatest accuracy what the Leader of the Opposition had said on the matter.
“In this case the scripting was not sufficiently clear and precise and was not a wholly accurate paraphrase of the original questions, and therefore the item was not duly accurate.”
The BBC Trust declined to comment.