Emily Thornberry says the BBC was dishonest in the case of Jimmy Savile, then says “I personally love the BBC. I love its independence. And I love the fact that it is a source of truth.”

On question time last night, Labour’s Emily Thornberry chose to wholeheartedly defend the BBC when it came to funding the National Broadcaster.

Emily started by saying the “terrible dishonesty” from the BBC regarding Jimmy Saville shouldn’t undermine the BBC as it’s a great “source of truth”.

Emily said: “I think we have to remember that whilst this was a terrible thing that happened when terrible dishonesty that happened. It was 25 years ago, and we must make sure that changes have happened and have been the appropriate changes.”

“But we also must not allow what has happened to give license to certain Tory ministers who frankly have got a long-term agenda when it comes to undermining the BBC. I personally love the BBC. I love its independence. And I love the fact that it is a source of truth because, in this day of fake news, we need somewhere.”

How can Emily say the BBC is a source of truth when saying the broadcaster was “terribly dishonest” on Jimmy Savile?

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