LISTEN: BBC journalist claims Trump

The Labour MP and Shadow Cabinet Minister, Andy McDonald, played an absolute blinder on BBC Radio 4 this morning after forcing the show’s presenter to completely backtrack on himself for making a blatantly false statement about Donald Trump’s State Visit earlier this week.

During this morning’s Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, Humphrys claimed that Donald Trump “didn’t say” that the NHS would be on the table in any future trade deal between the UK and the USA.

However, Humphrys’ claim came despite there being literal video footage – including from the BBC – of Trump saying it:

“When you’re dealing on trade, everything is on the table. So NHS or anything else. A lot more than that”.

However, for the BBC’s John Humphrys, the cast iron fact that Trump literally said those exact words didn’t appear to matter.

Humphrys began the segment by asking Labour’s Shadow Transport Minister, Andy McDonald:

Sign up to be notified of new Evolve Politics articles

“If the country is run by a Labour government, who are we going to turn to for our great trade deals? Because the relationship between Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump is pretty pathetic, isn’t it?”

McDonald responded by stating:

“Well, when you get the President of the United States telling us that the NHS is up for grabs and on the table…”

However, Humphrys intervened by, astonishingly, claiming that Trump never said it, stating:

“He didn’t say that, but anyway, go on!”

A clearly perplexed McDonald then immediately retorts:

“Hang on! He did!”

Humphrys then attempts to change tack by claiming that because Trump backtracked on his statement a few hours later, that somehow meant he never actually said it.

However, the Labour Shadow Minister wasn’t having any of it, and the rest of the conversation is absolute gold.

You can listen to the staggering audio clip in full below:

Analysis

When you have an interviewee being forced to correct their own interviewer for making blatantly false statements, you know something has gone a little bit wrong.

However, when the lying interviewer in question works for the BBC – a supposedly impartial and fact-based organisation – it really makes you wonder what on earth is happening behind the scenes of our once magnificent public broadcaster.

We Need Your Help!

Evolve Politics can only continue publishing our truly independent journalism because of the financial support of our readers. If you value our work, please consider subscribing or donating any amount you can afford. Every penny you contribute goes directly to our writers for their work.

Subscribe Donate

We Need Your Help!

Evolve Politics can only continue publishing our truly independent journalism because of the financial support of our readers. If you value our work, please consider subscribing or donating any amount you can afford. Every penny you contribute goes directly to our writers for their work.

Subscribe Donate

Facebook Comments