Oh dear. Channel 4 News is in hot water this morning after posting a video clip of Boris Johnson speaking at a campaign rally. In the clip, the broadcaster added subtitles claiming Boris Johnson said:
‘I’m in favour of having people of colour come to this country, but I think we should have it democratically controlled’
Predictably, the subtitled video spread like wildfire on social media, with various left-wing pundits piling in to say it was incontrovertible evidence that Boris Johnson was beyond the pale.
But when you listen to the clip, it is clear Boris says ‘people of talent’ not ‘people of colour’. Which explains why Channel 4 pulled the video shortly afterwards and issued an apology:
Boris Johnson says “people of talent” not “people of colour.”
Our earlier tweet was a mistake. We misheard and we apologise.
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) December 6, 2019
Still, that hasn’t prevented the smear spreading halfway around the world, with Boris critics such as Chuka Umunna apparently refusing to accept that they’d heard wrong.
Readers can watch the video themselves below (though Mr S would recommend covering the subtitles when you listen, so you’re not influenced by the incorrect text):
Here is the clip so people can decide for themselves. I have listened to it several times and I think it is clear what the Prime Minister said yesterday. pic.twitter.com/M5xyytkDlc
— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) December 6, 2019
Update: It’s even clearer that Boris says ‘people of talent’ in the below video clip from the BBC.
Listen to this clip from the BBC. You can clearly hear the Prime Minister says "talent". When will @ChukaUmunna and the @LibDems delete their outrageous lie, propagated by the biased Channel 4 News? pic.twitter.com/v67o0b8MLV
— Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) December 6, 2019