….which I thought disingenuous and suggested it was highly unlikely my comments would be taken on board let alone result in any admission of inadequate reporting. Clearly such stories are acceptable at The Independent.
A day or two later I received an automated email asking me to ‘rate the support I received’, which I flagged as Unsatisfied with the following comment:
“The story I commented on was sensational as reported but wholly incomplete. Half a story, whilst correct in itself, is unworthy of a quality, apparently independent, news organisation. There was good reason, it seems, why the European Parliament voted as it did but your story didn’t report this, clearly intending to leave your readers outraged, partially factually correctly informed but nevertheless misinformed. Claiming The Independent is a campaigning paper and that what you published was accurate is unsatisfactory and, to an extent, a betrayal of proper reporting principles. This is not what I’m expecting of The Independent. You were caught reporting half the truth and instead of accepting fair criticism you attempted to further mislead by providing a trite ‘politically correct’ response. It’s about honesty, it’s about trust, particularly in the current climate.”
I have to say, if I can’t trust a newspaper like The Independent to tell me which way is up nowadays, what chance for the rest of our largely partisan media? Must I be cynical about everything I read? At least, I suppose, we can still rely on our BBC which seems to me to try hard to be fair. For now.
Or am I just becoming a grumpy old git? 😂