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Thursday 22 November 2018

Vote Leave Loses Lawsuit - BBC Silent

So many in our free and fearless press, as well as some in broadcast media (hello BBC), have been all too ready to pander to those in the various Leave campaigns, and especially those behind Vote Leave. Whenever Vote Leave has something to spin, the print and broadcast media is there, eager to take dictation from Matthew Elliott, despite his track record for peddling falsehood and misinformation on a monumental scale.
Especially keen to spin for Vote Leave have been the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog. Not yesterday, though. Nor was the rest of the media establishment. And that’s most revealing: yesterday was when Vote Leave got some bad news about their judicial review over their campaign spending breach.

The bad news was that they lost. If the press and broadcast media is reporting this, it’s being kept well hidden. An honourable exception was the Guardian, which told readers “The official pro-Brexit campaign group has lost a judicial review aimed at trying to get an Electoral Commission ruling that it breached spending limits thrown out”.
No comment from him ...

There was more. “Vote Leave was challenging the findings of a report issued in July that it had exceeded the prescribed £7m limit by channeling funds via another campaign group, but the high court concluded on Wednesday that its case was groundless … A judgment by Mrs Justice Yip said: ‘I do not consider that the claimant’s grounds are arguable.’ She also dismissed an attempt to claim that the commission did not have the power to investigate the alleged overspending”. And yet more.

Vote Leave was fined £61,000 by the watchdog in July and its accounting officer, David Halsall, was referred to the police for further investigation … At the time, Matthew Elliott, the former chief executive of Vote Leave, claimed the commission had not followed due process in its investigation and that it was driven by ‘a highly political agenda’”.
... so no obedient spin from him ...

The BBC managed to report Elliott’s response back then, but has for some reason not covered this development. Nor has The Great Guido, whose routinely dishonest spin on the Electoral Commission (HERE) and Vote Leave (HERE) is well known.

When Vote Leave was about to be found guilty of breaking electoral law, not only did the BBC report what was a premature leak of the Electoral Commission’s findings, but the Corporation gave Elliott a platform to spin his excuses. He was even given the cachet of being interviewed by the Beeb’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg.
... and no exclusive report from her

While it’s true that there is another court case to come - Vote Leave is appealing against the July verdict which imposed that fine and made the Police referrals - is it worrying that those who were so keen to report every last detail when Elliott and his pal Dominic Cummings span it to them are today silent. Especially the BBC.

Anyone might conclude that the Beeb has developed selective amnesia over anything that throws doubt on the referendum result. I’ll just leave that one there.
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Anonymous said...

You've mistakenly used that picture of NF fatty Martin Webster again, Tim (for Fawkes, not Kuenssberg).

Anonymous said...

Neither Beeb or Kuenssberg have developed "selective amnesia".

They do, however, operate right wing motivated censorship by omission.

But so do ITN and Sky.

Which makes the occasional giveaway fuck up all the more glaring. For instance last night's C4 version of the bullshit had the disgusting propaganda puppet Hilsum say of US corruption in the Yemen scandal, "Some might say he [Trump] displays a refreshing lack of hypocrisy". The people of Yemen might have a different opinion. Not that Hilsum has ever let the mass deaths of innocent human beings get in the way of her imperialist propaganda.

rob said...

@ Anon 10:36

Have you ever seen them in the same room?

As for the BBC the sin of omission is just as bad as the sin of accepting bad representation(s).

What with the quashing of the inquiry into Banks and his finances by No 10 and the movement of Robbie Gibb (brother of a Government Minister) from BBC news to No 10 the whole scenario stinks to high heaven.

There is something going on which needs more than a Maybot "crystal clear clarification".

O O O'Hanraha'hanrahan said...

Anon 10:36
Well, you know what they say about pet owners growing to resemble their pets.
btw: Hair parted on different sides.