A typo appears today on the Blunkett resignation story that’s quite funny. Tony Blair said his own personal investigations had led him to conclude “Mr Blunkett had done anything that warranted his resignation”.
Their usual reply – Of course we did not get anything wrong:
“On a fast-moving story, there is always a difficulty in getting across the nuances of politics on TV and radio – places which want clarity and certainty. Speculation ahead of government reshuffles is always particularly feverish, and political correspondents have to be very careful with the language they use to report the developing situation.
On this occasion the political team got a tip from very senior, usually reliable sources that Hilary Benn was likely to get David Blunkett’s job. Largely this was reported in a measured fashion full of caveats; but on some outlets the story lost its shades of grey, and took on the air of certainty. This clearly gave the wrong impression.
But wouldn’t our correspondents be doing the viewers and listeners a disservice if they didn’t reflect the speculation they were hearing from well placed and normally strong sources?”