For the benefit of Michael Crick – why Clegg wasn’t at the BBC’s challengers’ debate

by Stephen Tall on April 17, 2015

Political journalist Michael Crick was in apologetic mood this morning:

Quite so, Michael. If only there was some way of finding out this information…

Still, I can sort of understand Michael’s confusion. After all, the BBC continued inaccurately to report that Nick Clegg had “chosen not to take part” in the debate last night.

Nor did David Dimbleby give any explanation in the debate itself why the BBC had excluded Nick Clegg from participating — presumably because the Corporation was too embarrassed to admit they kow-towed to the Prime Minister.

If any of this irritated you (as, you might have noticed, it did me) you can do something about it: complain to the BBC. Here’s what I sent them last night:

Complaint Summary: Claims about Nick Clegg & TV leaders debate
Full Complaint: Nick Clegg made it very clear he was willing to take part in tonight’s televised leaders’ debate. Despite this, the BBC made no mention that it had not invited him and your news reports continued to refer to the Lib Dems having chosen not to take part. This was a misleading inaccuracy which should be corrected at the earliest opportunity.

I realise the horse has already bolted and all that. But still.

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No, I can’t understand Michael Crick’s confusion. He’s one of the most intelligent and best-informed political journalists out there. So he isn’t confused, but he’s trying to stir up confusion in voters’ minds in order to create a story. If he put his undoubted talents into reporting, challenging and exposing the policies of all the major parties that would of course be more valuable, but less sensational.

by Arthur Snell on April 17, 2015 at 9:35 am. Reply #

Thanks for pointing this out ! – I didn’t know that the BBC had excluded Clegg and I think 95% of the viewers felt that Nick Clegg had snubbed the debate or decided not to attend for some inexplicable or inexcusable reason and thought badly of him and the Lib dems because of it. I have complained to the BBC and I think the party has failed to get the message out as the real reasons for our empty chair. We have been stitched up by the BBC and the Conservative Party.

by Jonathan Pile on April 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm. Reply #

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