The BBC’s Nick Robinson has been caught twisting the truth twice in under 12 hours

Nick Robinson

Twice in under 12 hours, the BBC‘s Nick Robinson seems to have been caught playing fast and loose with the truth.

1) Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit

On 4 December, the Brexit negotiations hit deadlock. Theresa May’s weakness was laid bare after the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) thwarted her EU agreement at the last minute, over the Irish border. Following this, Robinson claimed that Jeremy Corbyn hadn’t even commented on the crucial development:

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But hundreds of people were quick to point out that Corbyn had already responded to the Brexit implosion. Two hours before the Radio 4 host’s comment, the Labour leader released the following statement:

The real reason for today’s failure is the grubby deal the Government did with the DUP after the election. It is disappointing that there has not been progress in the Brexit negotiations after months of delays and grandstanding. Labour has been clear from the outset that we need a jobs first Brexit deal that works for the whole of the United Kingdom. Each passing day provides further evidence that Theresa May’s Government is completely ill-equipped to negotiate a successful Brexit deal for our country.

In the tweet, Robinson pointed to a letter from Corbyn to the Prime Minister. This was Robinson’s evidence that the Labour leader was too concerned with “just about anything else” to talk about Brexit. The letter refers to the potential genocide of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar (Burma).

In light of this, people also accused Robinson of being dismissive of the humanitarian calamity:

Zeid Ra‘ad Al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has described Rohingya people being “deliberately” burnt to death and “indiscriminately” shot while they tried to flee and the “widespread rape of women and girls”.

2) Political parties hiding from Radio 4

Under 12 hours later, Robinson claimed that Labour, the Conservatives and the DUP had instructed their spokespeople to duck Radio 4:

But Labour MP Owen Smith quickly disputed the claim:

As did Labour MP Stephen Doughty:

LBC producer Sandra Glab also questioned Robinson:

The BBC provided no response to The Canary‘s request for comment.

Even when repeatedly called out, Robinson hasn’t addressed the inaccuracies in his statements. Tweets are not trivial. The entire media and political community gathers information from Twitter. Put simply, if you’re spreading inaccuracies publicly – you’re spreading inaccuracies publicly. That is a serious issue.

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