Sunday, April 27, 2008

BBC website rewrites political history

The BBC has a story about Harriet Harman's blog being hacked, with the result that it briefly announced her defection to the Tories. At the time of writing it is still down, but Guido Fawkes has a picture of how it looked.

Further down the BBC story we are told:
Last year, Conservative housing spokesman Grant Shapps was targeted by hackers who broke into his YouTube account to post a message under his name saying the party could not win the Ealing Southall by-election.
Nonsense.

The message posted under Shapps' name purported to come from a Lib Dem activist and said that the Liberal Democrats had no chance of winning.



Thanks to Bloggerheads for the graphic.

He also gives his explanation of how that message came to appear. You may think it more believable than the claim that someone hacked into Shapps' YouTube account, but I couldn't possibly comment.

6 comments:

Will said...

I contacted the BBC to point out their innacuracies on Friday, but to no effect so far...

Anonymous said...

BBC is either in the pocket of the Conservative Party, or then some bloody stupid journalist misunderstood Guido's comment, and didn't bother to follow link from his site to the LDV, where the incidence was explained.

Ian Thorpe said...

Why would Harriet harman defect? The enitre Labour party has defected to the Tories in all but name.
But I always said the buggers were more conservative than the Conservatives.

Tim said...

The 'Shapps' paragraph has now been removed.

Jonathan said...

Thanks, Tim. I suppose that counts as a result.

Tim said...

That's our cue to strut around claiming that old media relies on us for quality information and that we are the vanguard of a new media age and...