Monday, 21 April 2014

PCC complaint re Mail on Sunday article on Foodbanks

Recently, The Mail on Sunday ran an article by Simon Murphy, Sanchez Manning and Ross Slater entitled "No ID, no checks... and vouchers for sob stories: The truth behind those shock food bank claims" .

Comment on the article has been widespread, and much better written that anything BFTF could do, so please have a butchers at these articles at The Guardian, Trussell Trust(pdf) and a legal blog considering whether Ross Slater actually committed fraud

No, this post is being written because the article broke the PCC code of Conduct, hence this complaint to the PCC:
Inaccurate : A box in the article is headlined "HOW MOS REPORTER GOT 3 DAYS OF GROCERIES... NO QUESTIONS ASKED" and the text within it clearly shows that the reporter was asked a number of questions Subterfuge : The reporter lied and fraudulently obtained food that had been given for people in need. There were many other (much more effective) means available to him to determine the percentage of claimants that did not have documented referrals

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