Why is that difficult to understand? If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. ‘Here! Others also defended the political editor's tweet, pointing out Mr Salem had already identified himself as the man who accosted Mr Johnson. Kuenssberg, Sands and Humphrys have proven me wrong. Former Scottish Parliament presiding officer Tricia Marwick responded: @bbclaurak You really need to find a soul and some empathy. And the BBC issued a statement saying: “Laura is a journalist who uses social media as part of her job. Facebook bans Tory ad using clips of BBC's Laura Kuenssberg after the corporation complained to the social media giant. "The NHS has been destroyed ... and now you come here for a press opportunity. Particular focus of this was on BBC Question Time and the BBC Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg. Laura Kuenssberg said last … In a statement the BBC said: “Laura is a journalist who uses social media as part of her job. The TLE shop is also now open, with all profits going to supporting our work. © 2019 thelondoneconomic.com - TLE, International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2BN. The post prompted criticism online, with many suggesting that exposing the man to widespread vitriol was wrong. Since you are here, we wanted to ask for your help. The BBC has said any suggestion their journalist Laura Kuenssberg maliciously shared details of a father who confronted Boris Johnson at a hospital is “absurd”. Why are they targeting (and de facto alerting the thousands of online trolls) someone who asks a question of power? How did you know?Person: You're not the first.Me: And I won't be the last. ©Copyright 2001-2020. Kuenssberg shared a post by Omar Salem, who challenged the prime minister over the standard of care available on the NHS at Whipps Cross Hospital yon Wednesday. It is vital that free media is allowed to exist to expose hypocrisy, corruption, wrongdoing and abuse of power. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. The backlash on Twitter was major with her name trending for a period of time. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg was behind the tweet 48 comments THE BBC has been hit with a huge backlash on Twitter after political editor Laura Kuenssberg outed a father of a sick baby who confronted Boris Johnson about the NHS as a Labour activist. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. TheLondonEconomic.com – Open, accessible and accountable news, sport, culture and lifestyle. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. “Any suggestions there was malicious intent behind her tweets are absurd.”. If you can afford to contribute a small donation to the site it will help us to continue our work in the best interests of the public. Our mission is to hold the powerful to account. Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie tweeted: It makes no difference what party he's in, and it's absurd that the BBC focusing on this instead of the blatant lie the Prime Minister told him on camera. "I don’t think 'Labour activist cares about NHS' is a huge scoop though...". I've said time and again that they strive for neutrality and that the fact that I hear complaints from left & right demonstrates that.I was wrong. Salem said the situation was "not acceptable" telling the Tory leader: "There are not enough people on this ward, there are not enough doctors, there's not enough nurses, it's not well organised enough. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. She cannot be allowed to get away with this sort of thing any longer. “The NHS has been destroyed … and now you come here for a press opportunity.”, However, Omar Salem has said the BBC political editor was doing her job ‘without fear or favour’. The BBC has defended political editor, Laura Kuenssberg after she identified the father who confronted Boris Johnson during a visit to a hospital. The BBC has said any suggestion their journalist Laura Kuenssberg maliciously shared details of a father who confronted Boris Johnson at a hospital is “absurd”. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. We do not charge or put articles behind a paywall. To donate or subscribe to The London Economic, click here. https://t.co/obKrm2f3PA. Broadcaster denies any 'malicious intent' behind political editor's online actions, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. That a parent of a sick child in the ward when Bohnson arrived supports Labour isn’t the story. She is the BBC's political editor and has been guilty of flagrant political bias against Her Majesty's Opposition and its elected leader Jeremy Corbyn. If you can, please show your appreciation for our free content by donating whatever you think is fair to help keep TLE growing and support real, independent, investigative journalism. Does his politics demand he keeps quiet? https://t.co/uJqKazskWF, Salem had accused Johnson of visiting the hospital for a 'press opportunity'. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Angered parent confronts Boris Johnson at hospital over NHS cuts, BBC defends Kuenssberg over tweet about father who criticised Johnson, a barrage of online abuse was directed at Mr Salem, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. You couldn’t tell from my @Twitter profile. A) No, it’s not even in the same league. https://t.co/EEEkfxyERq. Broadcaster denies any 'malicious intent' behind political editor's online actions This isn’t the first time that Kuenssberg has come under fire and it probably won’t be the last. He tweeted that she was doing her job "without fear or favour which is a vital part of democracy. Following Kuenssberg's tweet, a barrage of online abuse was directed at Mr Salem, who seven-day-old daughter was being cared for at the hospital. “Like many others, Laura quote tweeted a thread by Omar Salem, who had written himself about his encounter with the PM on social media and describes himself as a Labour activist. So I rang 03700 100 222. “Like many others, Laura quote tweeted a thread by Omar Salem, who had written himself about his encounter with the PM on social media and describes himself as a labour activist. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg was behind the tweet. I don’t think “Labour activist cares about NHS” is a huge scoop though… “, @bbclaurak is doing her job without fear or favour, which is a vital part of democracy. A Gannett Company. THE BBC has been hit with a huge backlash on Twitter after political editor Laura Kuenssberg outed a father of a sick baby who confronted Boris Johnson about the NHS as a Labour activist. ", However, Mr Salem himself, defended Kuenssberg. “People will be shocked. He is emotional and scared and the fact that he is a supporter of a political party wouldn’t be his utmost consideration. “My Labour values are WHY I back proper support for the NHS. The Prime Minister replied "there's no press here" but Salem gestured to cameras filming the confrontation, and said: "What do you mean there's no press here, who are these people?". She pointed out Mr Salem was a Labour activist, and went on to reveal his Twitter account, alongside the post: “This is him here”. Link here: https://t.co/KkMp7ntmcL. Mr Salem told the PM on Wednesday: “There are not enough people on this ward, there are not enough doctors, there’s not enough nurses, it’s not well organised enough. A father with a very ill baby. BBC defends Laura Kuenssberg over tweet about father who criticised Boris Johnson in hospital. He is worried about his child. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? They love lies, corruption and reinstating disgraced ministers/staff. Ms Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, caused the father of a sick one-week-old girl to be dogpiled by supporters of Conservative prime minister Boris Johnson (yes, apparently some still exist) when she tweeted that Omar Salem was a “Labour activist”. ", On Twitter, Salem said his seven-day-old daughter had been admitted in a "gravely ill" state. SNP head of broadcast media Erik Geddes then nailed the hypocrisy by tweeting: Q) Is this worse than a Tory MSP of 17 years masquerading as a member of the public on @bbcquestiontime, being invited to speak and allowed to attack the SNP - while not being identified? Many social media users condemned the move and suggested it could “direct harassment” at Mr Salem, who told the Prime Minister the NHS was being destroyed while stood in a children’s ward at Whipps Cross University Hospital, where his seven-day-old daughter is being treated. All Rights Reserved. ", Byline Times editor Peter Jukes tweeted: "I thought the BBC encouraged Vox Pops. This site is part of Newsquest's audited local newspaper network. Why would she care? Data returned from the Piano 'meterActive/meterExpired' callback event. Kuenssberg then posted a link to the man's Twitter account. I’ve found him for you!’ Where has common decency gone? The editor of the BBC’s live politics programmes, including Politics Live, has made a fool of himself trying to defend Laura Kuenssberg.
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