There’s little love lost between the BBC and the Leader’s Office. Jeremy Corbyn’s team have regularly accused the Beeb of anti-Corbyn bias, with the BBC trust recently concluding that its political editor Laura Kuenssberg inaccurately reported the Labour leader’s views about shoot-to-kill policies in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris.
Today, the battle took another turn for the worse as Corbyn appeared on BBC Breakfast. Things soon turned sour when the presenter asked Corbyn about rumours that he was planning to stand down. At which point, Corbyn said he was surprised the BBC was fuelling the ‘fake news’ epidemic:
BBC presenter: There’s a story going about that you’ve set a date for when you’re going to quit as Labour leader.
JC: That’s on IMadeItUpYesterday.com.
BBC presenter: Is there absolutely no truth in that?
JC: Absolute nonsense.
BBC presenter: So your future as Labour leader is absolutely intact? You’ve not considered whether you as leader are damaging the party’s chance…
JC: I’m really surprised the BBC is reporting fake news. There is no news.
There you have it, it’s now ‘fake news’ to ask about a report that’s in the news.