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BBC, aaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

Oh dear. The BBC and Nick Robinson really got it wrong today – but in a way that epitomises one of the dreadful habits of modern journalism.

Running live coverage of the (hugely elongated) Labour leadership election result, during the middle of the second round results being read out the BBC cut away to Nick Robinson talking about how he didn’t quite know what to make of the results for sure so far. Rather than reporting the news, the BBC gave us a commentator telling us they didn’t know the news.

The love of having commentators tell you what you are about to see, what you are seeing and then what you have just seen frequently hugely squeezes out any chance to actually see for yourself.

But to do that even when the commentator doesn’t know? Very poor editorial judgement.

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