The stated aim of the BBC’s Disinformation unit is to weed out disinformation campaigns. Instead, this team exists to control the flow of disinformation.
2021 was celebrated in the UK with an interview on the BBC of Laura Duffell, a Matron from Kings College Hospital in London. Laura would claim that “we have a whole ward of children here .” Being sceptical of the claim I submitted a FOI request to the Trust seeking confirmation.
Having already exposed Professor Trish Greenhalgh as providing misinformation on national TV, I reached out to her suggesting that an apology be issued given the seriousness of the matter. Instead of apologising she doubled-down behind more false claims.
Trish Greenhalgh of the University of Oxford has suggested a jogger infected with COVID19 could pass it to a pedestrian as they run past “puffing and panting”. Her claim was carried by many major news outlets. But just how rooted is that claim in evidence or science?
Professor Trish Greenhalgh made several unsubstantiated claims on Good Morning Britain that could have profound effects on a large section of the UK population. She was neither challenged about her claims nor asked to verify them.
Meaning well doesn’t always mean that well is done. When you don’t know something it’s best not to suggest expertise in the area as the result is ultimately harm. The opposite of your intentions.