Thursday, 5 June 2014

Telegraph gives away its nasty agenda

The above headline is a total disgrace.  The contaminated drips were supplied by a private firm, ITH Pharma, and the NHS is totally blame free in the poisoning of 15 babies.  However the Telegraph chose to cynically mislead readers and smear the NHS.  Of note this is not an isolated example, the Telegraph has been denigrating and smearing the NHS for a long time now, strangely the private sector never gets the same treatment, even when it kills babies.
I would urge everyone to complain to the PCC by using this link:
Feel free to use the text below in your complaint:
"i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures."
The headline is inaccurate and misleading.  The drips were used in the NHS but they were not manufactured by the NHS.  They were manufactured by a private firm, ITH Pharma.

The lazy and inaccurate headlines misleads readers and it directly implies that the NHS is at fault for the harm to the babies, when it is not in anyway to blame.

"ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published. In cases involving the Commission, prominence should be agreed with the PCC in advance."
The Telegraph should issue a front page correction and apology as a lead article.

Of note the Telegraph clearly knows the headline was a mistake as it has already change the headline on its website to "One baby dead and 14 with blood poisoning from contaminated drip".  Alas the damage has been done with this inaccurate and misleading headline in the print edition.



Hubertus von Blumenthal said...

Not wanting to lag behind the BBC followed this up with a similar headline: This was well after the Telegraph withdrew theirs. The BBC must have been well aware of this and the storm and outrage it created on social media.


Great post, really needed to be said for a long time now.

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Sally Loretta said...

It is great post to read. Thanks for sharing.

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