The BBC’s Marie-Louise Connolly called for “young ones” in the 0-19 age group to be vaccinated. When challenged the BBC responded by saying that by “young ones” she meant those under 59. When challenged again the BBC concluded she meant teenagers only. In this example, we show how far the BBC will go to cover up for its won journalist’s disasters.
Following on from our investigation into the misinformation being spread by Deepti Gurdasani, we now publish the Right of Reply offer she declined.
Chris Pagel of Zero Covid grouping, Independent Sage, presented a poorly worded tweet displaying an inability to understand rolling rate data and how that is reflected in slides. I challenged her on this and I detail that exchange here.
Henry Bodkin, a correspondent for the Telegraph claimed that “12 to 15-year-olds one of the age groups most responsible for spreading the virus.” After refusing to provide evidence for his claim we appealed to the Telegraph complaints department and forced them into retracting the statement.
Deepti Gurdasani is a lecturer in Machine Learning at Queen Mary University in London. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she became a loud voice advocating on behalf of the extremist ideology for Zero Covid with a special focus on how kids are, in her view, ‘huge spreaders’ of the virus and therefore needed every aspect of their lives curtailed. In this report, we investigate some of Gurdasani’s claims and find purposeful disinformation emanating from her around schools and their alleged impact on community transmission rates.
Dan Hodges is renowned for his divisiveness and hypocrisy on COVID-19 responses. Whilst being humiliated seems to be an acceptable payoff for getting attention for Dan, his public breakdowns and denialism do little to inspire confidence in a struggling corporate media industry and in the people who may look to journalists for guidance.
Henry Bodkin wrote in the Telegraph that 12-15 year olds were significant spreaders of COVID-19. When I asked him to prove his claim, he was unable to do so.
The #londonprotest of 24th April was billed by opponents as a “super-spreader” event and those attending it as “selfish” who didn’t care they could potentially kill elderly relatives. The data now tells us these claims were irrational and not evidence based.
In this second part of our BBC “anti-disinformation” unit exposé, we look at further evidence of the fake news being pushed by this small, controversial online outfit.
The BBC Disinformation team claims to exist in order to weed out disinformation campaigns to expose them. Instead, what this team have become is not a disinformation team seeking out conspiracy theories but a team pushing disinformation.