This audience is so strict! British Prime Minister Johnson hosted a BBC interview last week during which he was “ridiculed” by a live audience for a sensitive issue. In the later editing, the BBC deliberately cut off this awkward scene that lasted only a few seconds. It did not want to cause widespread criticism and complaints. It was criticized as “protecting Johnson” and violated the principle of fairness in the news. Recently, the media was forced to respond to the incident, confessing to making a “mistake.”
The British “Daily Mail” reported on the 26th that on the evening of the 22nd local time, Johnson and several other British party leaders gathered in the “Question Time” column of the BBC. Several guests, while debating each other, also accepted the audience at the scene. Ask questions. According to the media, the evening ’s questioning session was tense, and most of the questions raised by the audience were sensitive and sharp. Johnson even spread a “proposition” about “leader integrity”. Only one female audience questioned: “How important is it for those in power like you to keep the habit of telling the truth?” After a word, the scene burst into laughter. Johnson responded somewhat sternly, “I think it’s important.” After the laughter subsided, he repeated his answer again.
This BBC show was broadcast once on the evening of the 22nd and noon on the 23rd. Careful TV viewers found that when the column aired on the 23rd, the audience had “ridiculed” Johnson’s footage had been cut out, leaving only applause. According to Fracker, a resident of Brighton City who first discovered the problem, the TV station ’s approach was “confusing right and wrong”: the Prime Minister was being mocked at the time, and the BBC cut the 1.5-second joke scene and broadcast the effect Suddenly it became “Johnson was supported and cheered by the audience.”
Pressured by public opinion, the BBC responded publicly on Monday. Although insisting that it was not intentionally misleading, it acknowledged that the editing was a “mistake,” and argued that the move was merely to cut Johnson’s repetitive sentences to reduce airtime. In this regard, many Twitter netizens did not buy it, and mocking the media was also “fake news”.