The BBC has been accused of legitimising a hard-left website accused of peddling fake news by inviting its editor onto Question Time.
Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of the Jeremy Corbyn-supporting website The Canary, was invited onto Thursday’s programme despite a series of controversies over the veracity of articles she has published.
During Thursday’s show Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary who was also a panellist, accused her of trying to “smear” him with a reference to his controversial relationship with his friend Adam Werritty.
Julian Knight, the Conservative MP and former BBC reporter, raised the issue in the House of Commons, asking the Culture Secretary Karen Bradley whether she agreed that “broadcasters, particularly those in receipt of licence fee money, should confront rather than cosy up to politically motivated websites that purvey fake news”.
Ms Bradley replied that Mr Knight “makes a very important point, and I am sure it will have been heard by those he refers to”.
Last month The Canary published – then later deleted – an incorrect story claiming the Sun newspaper had been guilty of “a naked manipulation of tragic events to serve its own political purposes” by running a front page story attacking Jeremy Corbyn’s terrorist links on the day after the Manchester terrorist attack.