BBC admits image of Corbyn high-fiving Stalin may have been ‘a bit much’

Jeremy Corbyn high-fiving Joseph Stalin
John Shafthauer

A Russian spy was recently poisoned in Britain, and there’s a very good chance Russia did it. Following the incident, Jeremy Corbyn called for international law to be respected, which means there’s a very good chance he’s the reincarnated spirit of Stalin.

Hats off to them

Off The Perch caught up with Miss Infa Mation – the BBC’s head of explaining why all complaints are in fact baseless whinging:

OTP: Did you really think this image was appropriate?

IM: Look, despite what Owen Jones said, we didn’t photoshop the hat. We altered everything else obviously, but the hat stuff is conspiratorial nonsense.

OTP: Forgetting the hat for a moment, would you not agree that picturing Corbyn high-fiving Stalin during the middle of an international incident might lack impartiality?

IM: I agree that it lacks hat photoshopping.

OTP: I feel like you might be focusing on the trivialities of this to deflect from the more serious issue at hand.

IM: No one complained when we ran a picture of Boris Johnson high-fiving a Russian oligarch.

OTP: Yes, but that picture was real. As was the one of them go-karting.

IM: I suppose you probably think we photoshopped his helmet to look more communist.

OTP: While we’re on the subject, you are aware that the Soviet Union fell, right? Russia hasn’t been communist for some time.

IM: Err…

Fools Russian

Some people have argued that if the left can photoshop images of David Cameron being friendly with pigs, why can’t the BBC do this?

The answer is that:

  1. People on Twitter aren’t beholden to a code of impartiality.
  2. Images of Cameron being friendly with pigs never helped deflect attention from the Tories accepting Russian blood money.

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