CHANNEL 4 News has been accused of bias after the broadcaster misquoted Boris Johnson as saying “people of colour” had to be controlled when coming into Britain – when he actually said “people of talent”.
Channel 4 News shared a video of Boris Johnson speaking at a rally in Kent but the broadcaster misquoted him in the subtitles. The video lead to an outcry on social media as people pointed out the error made the Prime Minister appear racist. Channel 4 quickly issued an apology and corrected their mistake.
The broadcaster subtitled the video as: “I’m in favour of having people of colour come to this country but I think we should have it democratically controlled.”
But Channel 4 quickly realised the blunder and a spokesman said: “Boris Johnson says ‘people of talent’ not ‘people of colour’.
“Our earlier tweet was a mistake. We misheard and we apologise.”
But people are furious at Channel 4’s error and have accused the broadcaster of blatant bias.
Robbie Gibb, former head of BBC Westminster, condemned Channel 4 for its “total disregard for impartiality”.
He wrote: “Channel 4 News revealed, yet again, to have a total disregard for impartiality. Less than a week before the election they have been caught doctoring footage to smear the PM as a racist.
“The head of Channel 4 should go on C4 News tonight to make a public apology.”
GMB host Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter: “Jeez… as ‘misheard’ clangers go, this is in a league of its own.”
Another person said: “Is it any wonder Johnson refused to go on channel 4 when they change him saying “people of talent” to “people of colour” to try and make him appear racist? Channel 4 is so left wing biased.”
A third was confused how the two words “talent” and “colour” could be mixed up.
They wrote: “The words “talent” and “colour” sound as similar as “disestablishmentarianism” and “cat”. Any wonder no-one considers Channel 4 a trustworthy news source?”
Cabinet minister Jake Berry accused Channel 4 of publishing an “outrageous smear”.
A senior Tory source said the blunder was an example of why the party found it “impossible to co-operate with Channel 4 News.”
They told Politics Home: “They are campaigners in this election – inventing the most damaging things possible to further their campaign against Brexit.
“This sort of thing is why so many media organisations have collapsing audiences.
“We sadly do not expect the senior management at Channel 4 to take this terrible mistake seriously and we expect more of the same.”
Lib Dem candidate Chuka Umunna has claimed Channel 4 actually got it right when they quoted Mr Johnson as saying “people of colour”.
Mr Umunna wrote on Twitter: “I’ve just relistened to the clip multiple times and it sounds very much like he said “colour.”
“This is a man with form and now he’s asking us all for the benefit of the doubt.
“Why on earth should we give it to him after the various racist things he has said?”
He then calls on people to watch the clip for themselves.