BBC is prepared to spout mistruths without bothering to check its sources, says Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg

BBC is prepared to spout mistruths without bothering to check its sources, says Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg

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By Jacob Rees-Mogg

Published: 20/03/2024

- 09:08

Fact checking needs to be completely accurate. At the EU loving BBC, it's not

According to the headlines in Joe Biden's re-election campaign, Mr Trump ominously warned that there would be a ‘bloodbath’ if he were not re-elected, suggesting some kind of armed insurrection.

This wasn't true, it was fake news. He had in fact been referring to the prospects of American car manufacturers, when faced with Chinese competition. As the man himself might say, fake news.

The Trump case here is not an isolated one. Left wing media is too often extremely careless with the truth and with impartiality, despite grandiose claims to the contrary.

The EU loving BBC has its own fact checking department, BBC Verify. Verification is all well and good, you might think. It has a friendly and professional looking logo, the little green circle; and they throw around terms like ‘forensic’.

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But fact checking needs to be completely accurate. At the EU loving BBC, it's not. Mistakes are sometimes made, especially with the fast-paced nature of media.

But this is why a good outlet will issue corrections promptly. But let's have a look at a few BBC Verify and BBC errors. Earlier this month, it fact checked a report of Israeli troops allegedly opening fire on an aid convoy in Gaza.

To verify its report they used the account of an eyewitness. This eyewitness turned out to be a figure bankrolled by Iran with links to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Staying on Gaza, in October the BBC prematurely reported an explosion at the Al-Ahli hospital was the result of an Israeli strike. While we still cannot say with absolute certainty what happened, the most probable cause of that explosion is now widely accepted to have been an errant missile fired from inside Gaza and therefore by Hamas.

And this was before Israeli troops invaded the enclave. So, what is the point of a verification unit that employs 60 people no less, at your expense, if the EU loving BBC is still prepared to spout mistruths like this to you, the license payer, without bothering to check its sources like any jobbing scribbler on a local daily courier would be expected to do?

Let's continue. In February, BBC One ran a lunchtime report on the sentencing of a murderer in Oxford. Several experienced journalists face the camera and detailed an horrific incident that involved with the killing of an innocent man and the torture and death of an animal.

Had you known nothing else of this case, the BBC would have had you believe that an adult human female had committed this wicked crime. They referred to the killer solely as a woman, despite the fact that he was born biologically male.

This cavalier attitude to truth is not just limited to the BBC, of course. It gets worse because they attacked Justin Webb for calling somebody who was biologically a man a man.

This approach to truth matters because it becomes the self-confirmation of the virtue signaller. If I'm a good, worthy lefty, and I believe it, so it must be true. This then becomes ‘my truth’ and in turn devalues real facts and encourages wild conspiracy theories.

The pieties of the left then create the monster it purports to despise. When people are deprived of truth, they will believe anything.

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