Calls for Edinburgh SNP MSP to withdraw BBC fake new jibe

A parliamentary motion requesting an Edinburgh MSP withdraw a BBC fake news jibe has been submitted. Picture: John Devlin
A parliamentary motion requesting an Edinburgh MSP withdraw a BBC fake news jibe has been submitted. Picture: John Devlin
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Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has submitted a parliamentary motion requesting an Edinburgh MSP withdraw his BBC fake news jibe.

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Gordon Macdonald, who represents Edinburgh Pentlands at Holyrood, dismissed BBC Scotland’s flagship current affairs programme on Twitter, claiming its logo should be the symbol for fake news.

It was in response to the channel launching a new initiative to help young people distinguish what is real and what is so-called fake news

Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “The BBC is clearly working hard to help children and young people identify fake news. This is a generation bombarded with information of mixed repute so such heavyweight interventions should be welcomed.

“We need to take young people’s understanding of fake news seriously because it represents a very real threat to our democracy. These falsehoods are purely intended to confuse, corrode our understanding of what is actually going on and obstruct genuine scrutiny.

“People will therefore be very concerned to see an SNP MSP instead denounce the BBC as fake news. Gordon Macdonald should withdraw this irresponsible jibe. It is straight out of the Trump playbook and we have seen how elected politicians dismissing reputable news sources can have real world consequences.”