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BBC Forced To Apologise For James Dyson Libel

May 12, 2021

By Paul Homewood


h/t stewgreen


Sorry if it’s a bit off topic, but this apology from the BBC shows just how shoddy much of their reporting is.

As I recall, it was Laura Kuenssberg who run the libellous report in the first place.

As we often find with corrections concerning climate stories, very few people get to see the apology. Meanwhile, the original fake story has gone round the world and back. Surely in a blatantly biased case such as this, Kuenssberg should be severly reprimanded?





  1. Joe Public permalink
    May 12, 2021 7:34 pm

    “We are sorry that these facts were not always reflected in our coverage …”

    Aunty frequently misleads by omission.

    Anyone remember the coverage their so-called Energy Analyst R Harrabin Esq received for reporting Bid-Offer Acceptances reaching £4,000/MWh three times so far this year? (Previous record was in the region of ‘only’ £1,000MWh)

    • tamimisledus permalink
      May 12, 2021 8:45 pm

      “Missing facts” is the way Aunty and many other “news” outlets get away with claiming to tell the truth.
      What they tell is not the whole truth. It is fakenews.

    • Thomas Carr permalink
      May 12, 2021 9:32 pm

      More weasel words: ‘not always refelected’. . Laura K has form and was reprimanded about ‘ colouring’ her reporting several months ago.

      • Duker permalink
        May 13, 2021 2:30 am

        Shes the ‘top’ Political Editor for BBC News , so if she gets away with it any body else there can too.
        I also not she seems to have only ‘studied’ History at Edinburgh University and again ‘studied’ journalism at Georgetown in Washington…not any mention of graduating.
        Yet she should be in the cast of Shameless for this headline in Guardian
        ‘Laura Kuenssberg: BBC titan who would ‘die in a ditch for impartiality’

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        May 13, 2021 9:17 am

        Exactly. She’s clearly anti-Tory and much of her reporting is slanted that way. To pretend it’s all just another mistake is pathetic.

  2. Penda100 permalink
    May 12, 2021 7:41 pm

    Keunssberg bigged up the original allegations on the main news programmes as part of the Tory Sleaze campaign that just “happened “ to be same line that the Labour Party was pushing. The apology will be lost on the web site . Which will the sheeple remember?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 13, 2021 9:18 am

      And just happened to be in the weeks leading up to an election.

  3. Tim Leeney permalink
    May 12, 2021 7:44 pm

    Severly would indeed be better than severely. But in any case, well done!

  4. Robert Jones permalink
    May 12, 2021 7:47 pm

    The BBC’s grudging acceptances when it’s comments are seen as biased always look as if they were squeezed through gritted teeth by people who don’t actually believe that they are guilty as charged. This is why the volume of complaints seems to be growing. Frankly, the task of criticising the BBC for its slanted output should be given to an independent agency. Having said that, isn’t Ofcom supposed to be policing the BBC’s?

    • Gamecock permalink
      May 12, 2021 9:54 pm

      “The BBC’s grudging acceptances when it’s comments are seen as biased always look as if they were squeezed through gritted teeth by people who don’t actually believe that they are guilty as charged.”

      A well crafted sentence, Mr Jones.

      “though gritted teeth”

      “don’t actually believe that they are guilty”

      Well said !!!

  5. May 12, 2021 7:54 pm

    Somebody should be sacked for this false reporting; but just like in the civil service, nobody in the BBC gets sacked – they just get promoted or moved sideways.

  6. mwhite permalink
    May 12, 2021 8:00 pm

    Worth a watch, about the BBC.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      May 13, 2021 12:22 pm

      Interesting piece on Turbulent Times about the cynical combining of the votes for the unwanted police csars with the local elections in order to improve the turnout given that the PCC election turnouts were even lower than for the locals. If you wanted to abstain in the vote you could only do that by also abstaining in the locals. Once at the polling station you would be put down as turning out for both.

      The writer takes the view that low turnout worries our detached rulers more than spoiled votes. I think a spoiled vote is more powerful than an abstention as it shows you could be bothered to make the effort to go to the polling station but currently the numbers of spoiled votes is too low. If everyone who can’t abide the dross served up to be elected did it, then they would have some explaining to do, especially if the spoiled votes win!

      • Russ Wood permalink
        May 14, 2021 4:25 pm

        At least the UK has the Monster Raving Loony Party vote as an “up yours”. We lack that here in South Africa, although many of the parties standing for election could well be mistaken for such!

  7. subseaeng permalink
    May 12, 2021 8:00 pm

    This apology should be the very first item on the Six O’Clock News and News at Ten but of course it won’t be.

  8. Martin Burlin permalink
    May 12, 2021 8:51 pm

    The BBC’s apologies make the Glazers, owners on Man Utd, appear sincere

  9. David permalink
    May 12, 2021 9:31 pm

    I’m glad you provided a link as I searched the BBC website and failed to find it. A lot of the results from searching for “Corrections and Clarifications” provide 404 – not found errors! Quelle surprise.

  10. JBW permalink
    May 12, 2021 9:48 pm

    At least its made it way into the Express and Mail. Something I guess.

  11. May 12, 2021 10:07 pm

    Sir JD probably has better things to do than declare war on the BBC, so they’ve got off lightly this time.

  12. bobn permalink
    May 12, 2021 10:45 pm

    James Dyson got his response and (lame) apology from BBC relatively quick. Shows what a battery of high powered lawyers threatening high court action funded by a billionaire can achieve. Alas ordinary people can go whistle if they want even a reply from the BBC fascists.

  13. Coeur de Lion permalink
    May 13, 2021 9:12 am

    Mealy mouthed language. Quite clever, really.

  14. Harry Davidson permalink
    May 13, 2021 9:33 am

    More serious, WAPO published a report after the US election saying that Trump had called the Georgia election investigator and said that she had to find 12,000 votes, it was her duty to do so and she would be an American hero if she did. The story went all around the world in hours.

    They have now published a retraction, he actually said i was important that she looked very carefully and that her job was the most important job in America right now. The first was outrageous, the correct version is entirely reasonable.

    I would like to find a news source I can trust. The mainstream are all no more reliable than the whackier end of Breitbart, and that’s full on wierd.

    • StephenP permalink
      May 13, 2021 11:01 am

      I am looking forward to the GB News channel when it eventually gets going.
      Andrew Neil has always asked ‘inconvenient and probing questions of the powers that be.
      IIRC there has been pressure put upon firms intending to advertise on the new channel to withdraw their funding for GB News.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        May 13, 2021 12:26 pm

        I wouldn’t get your hopes up. I fear GB News will be a Boris fanzine channel much like the Telegraph is in print. Sadly, I think a balanced truthful news service does not have any demand amongst our dumbed-down population.

      • Harry Davidson permalink
        May 13, 2021 12:48 pm

        Sky Australia is about the best on the planet ate the moment. I will be delighted if GB News comes up to that standard, but we haven’t seen them yet.

  15. Mad Mike permalink
    May 13, 2021 9:50 am

    Back to CC. The boss of Vauxhall comes in with some obvious sense. He says the middle classes will not be able to afford electric cars, much less the poorer classes I would have thought. Only the rich will be able to afford them and he sees democracy being threatened in this situation. Because of his position, he might be listened to. He at least has gained a platform in the DT

    • Mack permalink
      May 13, 2021 10:31 am

      Carlos Tavares is one of the few top CEO’s of any blue chip company who’s been talking sense on EV’s for years. In fact, he’s a veritable rent a quote for those of us on the skeptical side of the debate, variously claiming that the EV roll out is dishonest, that they only make economic sense if heavily subsidised (echoing Warren Buffet’s remarks on windmills), only the privileged can afford them, the technology is suspect and may not endure and that they place huge stress on the electricity grid and the materials market. Apart from that they’re wonderful! As the boss of Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall etc there’s a strong possibility that he might actually know what he’s talking about.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      May 13, 2021 12:29 pm

      The manufacturers have asked for the deadline to be moved back 5 years as they are fully aware that only a handful of people are buying battery cars. Note that they always talk of sales in percentage terms to avoid mentioning that the sales are so low they barely exceed the population of a small town. It might also be a sensible ploy to allow more time for the whole global warming edifice to crumble.

  16. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    May 13, 2021 10:10 am

    The BBC’s complaints department is part of the BBC. A system designed to always benefit the BBC.
    Then there’s Ofcom. In this example they would have to have scientists who are highly knowledgeable in the subject being complained about, be it windturbines or the Ozone for example.
    Even if Ofcom could access top of their field scientists, think who funds them. Is there any less bias ?
    What is dished out to consumers of the BBC is designed to keep us in the dark. Then people can be led both anywhere and only as far as the BBC wishes. Many are led unwittingly.
    The real beauty of this enterpise is that the subscriber picks up the bill.
    A masterclass in the delivery of state orchestrated propaganda.

  17. Vrager 1 permalink
    May 13, 2021 11:45 am

    The apology isn’t headline news like the reports of Dyson’s efforts to get ventilators built. It’s tucked away on their website no one reads.

  18. May 13, 2021 10:46 pm

    and Wednesday/Thursday’s BBC debacle the idea that Boris has lost a a defamation court case and no one had heard about it until it emerged he hadn’t paid the damages awarded.

    There is very much a real world,
    and then there are fake worlds driven the way people want them to be and Confirmation Bias etc
    eg like Guardianlalalaland

    You see often quite a few people on mainly lefty forums,
    .. some people run off doing “2+2=5”
    Doing things failing to recognise the simple “too wow to be true” rule
    that you can’t make grand claims without grand evidence.
    People like Steve Bray
    but the BBC has £5bn pa worth of resources and are supposed to be professional journos.

    Here’s the start of a 9 tweet bonkers thread from the top BBC Home Correspondent
    banging on about bailiffs
    .. incidentally unaware that a claim needs to be bigger than £600 for bailiffs to be used.
    Never mind the wacky narrative he is pushing

  19. May 13, 2021 11:38 pm

    The Sun : BEEB BLASTED Sir James Dyson blasts BBC for ‘shamefully twisting’ coverage of texts with Boris Johnson

    BEEB bosses were last night blasted for “shamefully twisting” their coverage of the PM’s texts with Sir James Dyson to “suit their political narrative”.
    The multi-millionaire lashed out after the BBC were forced to issue a grovelling apology to him last night for wrongly calling him a “prominent Conservative supporter”.
    The corporation quietly put out a correction and clarification accepting that the businessman is not in fact a Boris backer.
    It came after the Beeb published a string of text messages….

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