In response to Len McCluskey’s statement of the blindingly obvious that the next general election will be about who the country trusts, Sky News‘ Jon Craig was caught demonstrating some top-tier sarcasm in response. Even on a Sunday evening, you can’t get anything past MediaGuido…
Classic Jon Craig moment on Sky News yesterday, as he fell for a Daily Mash spoof story that Ken has a newt called Adolf. Ever the pro, Craig has corrected his error:
Very disappointed to learn reports that Ken Livingstone has or had a pet newt called Adolf, which I referred to y’day on TV & online, may not be correct. Am now told original source of this claim was satirical website “The Daily Mash”. Shame!
— Jon Craig (@joncraig) May 22, 2018
He must have been as pi**ed off as a newt…
Confusion this afternoon as Sky News reported the government had blocked broadcasters from filming speeches by Jeremy Corbyn and Labour MPs during the Grenfell fire statement in parliament:
SCANDAL Minister @NickHurdUK is taking MPs Qs in W’minster Hall at 1330 but govt blocking TV camera access
— Adam Boulton (@adamboultonSKY) 15 June 2017
Conspiracy? Or cock-up? Seems odd that TV cameras switched on at end of Labour MPs’ speeches at fire briefing, just as Tory speeches began!
— joncraigSKY (@joncraig) 15 June 2017
The conspiracy theory was quickly spread by Corbynistas claiming a Tory plot to hide the debate from the public. A Tory source makes clear this is untrue, they had nothing to do with the decision not to broadcast the first few speeches. Turns out it was a cock-up by the parliamentary authorities, who took a while to determine the protocol for filming while parliament isn’t in session. The vast majority of the session, including Corbyn’s words, were broadcast anyway. No Fi around to send “Bunter” an angry text this time…
UPDATE: The Commons insists it wasn’t their cock-up:
“As the briefing was not a normal parliamentary proceeding, it could only be broadcast upon specific request. The broadcast began as soon as physically possible after that request was received.”
So it was the broadcasters’ fault…