The BBC reports on the latest video footage that has emerged, showing G20 protesters being hit by police.
The video, by Camp for Climate Action, shows IT worker Alex Cinnane being banged with a shield on the side of his head. In a second incident a man is punched in the face by a police officer.
The BBC adds:
‘The video, which was edited before it was released, does not show Mr Cinnane making any threatening behaviour towards the police officer.’
Thus the BBC plants a seed of doubt in the mind of the reader.
As if everything the BBC shows isn’t also ‘edited’. In fact, all video is ‘edited’ from the moment someone switches on the camera and starts recording.
They point the camera in a particular direction and, by doing so, select what to show. They decide when to start recording and when to stop. That’s before they load the footage into editing software and begin rearranging and cutting it.
Anyone who makes a video, whether they are the BBC or an individual, is in the same position. No video can ever show any more than a tiny slice of what happened and it is disingenuous of the BBC to suggest otherwise.
Of course what the BBC really means is that it can be trusted to edit video to give a true impression of what really happened and we can’t.
Interesting, as earlier this week I came across another example where the BBC published a false crowd figure for the Manchester Pride parade (see photo number 5). 250,000 again instead of 50,000.
As a footnote, it’s interesting to see that both The Times and The Telegraph have embedded the full Camp For Climate Action video.