The taxpayer-funded corporation, which insists it is politically impartial, took down a bizarre cartoon showing Chancellor Rishi Sunak in a superhero costume, claiming he is on a “mission to save the economy” during the coronavirus crisis. The cartoon posted on the BBC News Twitter account claimed the Tory finance minister had “superpowers” and “a plan to save the country’s economy”.
It said: “The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is on a mission to save the economy.
“But will his superpowers be enough to nurse us back to rude health after the crippling blow delivered by the coronavirus?”
In one clip, they showed Mr Sunak dressed in a superman-type costume, with S replaced by a pound sign, handing out cash to people.
The BBC deleted the video admitting it “struck the wrong note”, but insisted it didn’t think readers would “take the images at face value”.
The corporation posted on Twitter: “We have removed a video of the chancellor’s plans for the UK economy.
“While we don’t think that readers would take the images at face value, on reflection we think the illustrations struck the wrong note and we’ve removed the article.”
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Another said: “More concerning is how it managed to get to the point of being published before anyone at the BBC thought it inappropriate.
“By ‘struck the wrong note’ you, of course, mean it would be seen as propaganda.
Another said: “The BBC is little more than a Tory party propaganda channel now. Stuffed full of Tories.”
A Twitter user posted: “State media. Right here in the UK, pushing government propaganda. You should be ashamed.”
Another tweeted: “The Tory Broadcasting Corporation. You didn’t even bother to disguise it as a party political broadcast…”
One added: “Fact is, if any country’s state broadcaster was to do this, they’d be rightfully called out for spreading propaganda.
“But there is a special kind of entitlement, rooted in self-importance, among those that work at BBC News which disallows them to be able to see it for what it is.”