How Newsnight demonised a single mother


by Chris Barnyard    
9:30 am - May 25th 2012

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On Wednesday night BBC Newsnight did a short piece on housing benefit and welfare reform. Its reporter Allegra Stratton briefly interviewed (7m14s in) a young woman for the piece.

In the short interview, very little is said about the context to the woman’s situation – she is only asked about why she wants a house.

Then Stratton says: “we both know people who are living with their parents… they don’t have a job and… they have fights – that’s what happens.”

Later, directly to the camera, she adds: “The government is thinking of saying to young people: if you don’t have work, don’t leave home.”

Most likely you thought the young woman was unemployed. But she wasn’t.

Watch the interview

Update: Allegra Stratton also asked Shanene: “Do u think you should have had your daughter,” she tells me, but that question was not shown. Why is that even asked?

She then added in a series of tweets:

To set the record straight, I work for tower hamlets council, I’ve worked since 16 and I only get help towards my rent because it is so high.

I pay the same amount of as paying a mortgage, full rent on a council property, or someone living outside of london, they top up the rest.

It happens that I’ve worked in retail for years up until now so never qualified for a mortgage and wasn’t handed a cushty council flat.

The council offered to pay my deposit if I found my own accom as it was part of a scheme the had at the time. Unfortunately u can’t get much.

In london for under 4 figures a month, but wanting to bring my daughter myself and raise her my way, I took it.

Bar studying, I’ve always worked (sometimes both).

I got a call from my supervisor asking if I’d be happy to be filmed at work to show the side of the working single parent/ young person.

Of course I’d be happy to do that, being a working mum is something I’m proud of… Its not been all plain sailing.

I did not expect to be personally scrutinised, have judgements made about my choices and asked why I didn’t choose to get rid of my child.

Things happen in life and you have to do your best, I feel that I have and was mortified to be portrayed that way on tv.

No one judges me more than I judge myself, claiming benefits was something I struggled to come to terms with and motivated me to work more.

Unfortunately being employed isn’t enough. For me, this is a means to an end.

I don’t agree with nor expect freebies and handouts but at least help the people who are willing to help themselves

I was interviewed for the bbc and when the piece was aired it was edited to make me seem like a jobless ponce!

I am the taxpayer! And come to think of it I get in HB as much as I pay in tax working full time so really I fund what I get.

I think she has a complete right to get angry.

Shanene Thorpe is now making an official complaint to the BBC.

(hat tip @Epipsychidion86)

UPDATE: Shanene has started a petition to demand an apology from the BBC too.

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1. Chaise Guevara

“I think she has a complete right to get angry.”

Certainly sounds like it. Didn’t see this on TV, but I’m *hoping* it was a mistake rather than a cynical attempt to misrepresent her. Like the editors were given the footage but missed the fact that she is employed.

“I am the taxpayer! And come to think of it I get in HB as much as I pay in tax working full time so really I fund what I get.”

I’m not sure that was a wise tweet to send!

And according to Primelocation.com there are 417 two bedroom properties to rent at £1000 or less per month within a 5 mile radius of E1.

She has a right to be miffed – I think it was a poorly worded question by Stratton. It does not seem like they put on the strap line ‘unemployed woman’ though. I wonder if Stratton has just lost her concentration.

I certainly think calling it demonising is a wild exaggeration.

And in terms of the wider point, I do not always agree that you should get benefits if you are a struggling single mum. She has every right to make that choice but don’t we as the state have the right to focus on disability and care, rather than helping those who have – to be fair – made their own choices and should get on with it?

Obviously, one has to acknowledge that if taking away benefits forces people out of work and kids into care then it remains a bad idea. But in this case, it does not see that would happen as she has family support.

Think the left has not fully got to grips with this issue.

Chris, great piece, glad to see attention being drawn to this. There is a YouTube of this appalling interview (90 seconds) which you can embed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b83rSqBLfw

I agree that this woman has every right to be angry. From this description of what has happened, she has been seriously misrepresented.

I would add that misrepresentation is all too common in the media. I personally have been misrepresented – also by the BBC – and a friend of mine was grossly misprepresented about 20 years ago in a silouette interview. I watched the interview with him and saw his face change ashe realised that the questions and answers had been rearranged to present a very different interview to the one he gave. Due to the nature of the interview, and his need to remain anonymous, he was unable to make any complaint about what had happenedf.

Rule 1 – never trust a journalist.

6. Chaise Guevara

@ 3 Paul

“Think the left has not fully got to grips with this issue.”

No, I think that would be you, seeing as you’re talking about taking away benefits based on people choosing to be in their situation. What choice has the child has made, exactly?

7. Chaise Guevara

@ 2 cjcj(c?)

“I’m not sure that was a wise tweet to send!”

The woman didn’t ask for this, and only wrote her angry posts after someone else struck the first blow against her (assuming the OP is accurate).

As such, I don’t think it’s particularly cool to start digging around in her statements looking for things to attack her with. She’s the victim; leave her alone.

8. Trooper Thompson

“Rule 1 – never trust a journalist.”

Rule 2 – never trust the BBC.

9. Trooper Thompson

Someone from the BBC, which is funded through a coercive levy on all television owners, portraying this woman as a scrounger, when, as she says, the money she gets from the lovin’ government is about the same as the lovin’ government steals out of her pocket, is ironic, to say the least.

10. Shatterface

I’m not sure describing her as ‘benefits mother’ is an improvement on the BBC’s coverage.

She is a working mother who receives additional State support.

Trooper @8

Correct.

The BBC has given up completely on investigative journalism and newsgathering, they deal almost exclusively in regurgitating press releases and government propaganda (whether Left or Right).
Their ‘Topical News’ programmes like The One Show and Breakfast are puerile and utterly unwatchable.
Absolute and utter dross.
Will someone, anyone get a grip of this bloated and out of public control media monster?

12. Shinsei1967

I’ve always thought that Allegra Stratton had a very lackadaisical approach to fact checking. Her Guardian pieces were always rife with lazy factual mistakes (usually of a leftish hue).

Her work on Newsnight seems similarly poor on the fact-checking front.

Just now she seems to be misleading from a rightist angle.

The reporter also sees nothing wrong in Shanene and her three year old daughter having to live with her mother in a two-bedroom flat, a situation which would make them technically overcrowded according to the government’s bedroom standard. Someone in that interview is detached from the real world, and it ain’t Shanene.

14. Chaise Guevara

@ 10 Shatterface

“I’m not sure describing her as ‘benefits mother’ is an improvement on the BBC’s coverage. ”

+1

15. chip butty

Allegra Stratton – private school & Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Sounds familiar…..

From stuff of hers I have read she seem to be the sort of patronising character that made it to the top as a Blairite under New Labour (of Blessed Memory), completely out of touch with life for the majority of the population but thinks she knows how we should deal with the “underclass” and benefit scroungers (see: the odious James Purnell – private school & Balliol, Oxford)..

Allegra is currently writing her autobiography entitled ‘My Struggle’

Typical lazy reporting by the BBC. As a BBC advocate for ever, recently I have come the conclusion that the news reporting has sunk to the ‘celebrity’ gossip level. BBC Breakfast I never watch now – it is more like a puerile magazine show, and Question Time and Newsnight are just sound bites for ratings carried out by people who either cannot or have forgotten how to construct a debate. People talking over each other, putting each other down, scoring points – it sounds like the braying in the House of Commons. Such a shame – BBC news used to be rated for its quality.

What scares me most about this type of contrived reporting is that it is from The BBC, whose viewing figures are enormous.

They have failed in their duty to accurately and fairly report this woman’s situation, and I feel quite possibly took advantage of her willingness to participate and her genuine apparent honesty and good nature, the purpose of which has further propagated a bias against those in receipt of welfare benefits, and fuelled inaccurate ‘scrounger’ rhetoric.

Those who are here bemoaning their tax paying status and complaining that the interviewee shouldn’t expect help, ought to listen and read correctly. She is a a ‘working’ mother, displaying responsibility who is entitled to receive additional help in the form of benefits because of ‘low pay’.

This type of reporting is expected from right wing tabloids, and should not be the accepted standard of The BBC.

I’d definitely be seeking legal advice on making a libel case, if I was her.

Chaise Geuvara re comment 7:

“She’s the victim; leave her alone.”

Perhaps I am less sensitive than others but caller her a victim does seem to overstate the case. It devalues the word. She seems a decent sort of lady but with a keen understanding of work and entitlement.

I would have said: “She is the subject of the interview: leave her alone”.
Having said that wouldn’t it have been wise to avoid being interviewed as things looks different on the outside to what we convince ourselves within?

In my opinion victimhood is something people are attributed a bit too easily nowadays. Hugh Grant might regard himself as a victim whereas I would say propositioning a transvestite prostitute in a public WC merely made him the subject of longstanding ridicule and unscrupulous investigations. Apparently Sienna Miller and even Piers Morgan apparently regard themselves as victims.

Tom Watson has risen like a phoenix from his ‘victimhood’ at the hands of NI and is now in the ascendancy. Gordon Kelly received £1 million and deftly transformed his status as a ‘victim’ into a beneficiary. Status alchemy.

Victims of wars, disasters, crimes of violence and persecution deserve not to be confused with people who feel slighted at leaving themselves open to misrepresentation.

@Richard (18)

I’m not sure you can claim libel for broadcasting something you’ve willingly said to a camera…

Plus I would imagine she signed a release form. If broadcasting out of context was illegal, most media outlets would have gone bust by now.

21. Chaise Guevara

@ 19 Kojak

“Perhaps I am less sensitive than others but caller her a victim does seem to overstate the case. It devalues the word. She seems a decent sort of lady but with a keen understanding of work and entitlement.”

I think you just attach more emotive weight to the word than I do. I meant it in a fairly technical sense, and could just as easily have written “injured party”. I’m not trying to make out that the Beeb has ruined her life or anything.

“I would have said: “She is the subject of the interview: leave her alone”.”

Yeah, but that would miss the point. When Richard Nixon admits on air that he thinks crime is OK if he’s the one doing it, we don’t say “oh, he’s the one being interviewed, give him a break”. The issue isn’t that she was the interviewee, it’s that she appears to have been misrepresented in the media, which seems an especially unfair thing to do to a randomer interviewed to add flavour to a report, rather than a major politician or so forth.

If the OP is correct, the Beeb threw the first punch at an innocent woman, for reasons best known to itself. Haranguing the woman in question seems unreasonable to me.

“Having said that wouldn’t it have been wise to avoid being interviewed as things looks different on the outside to what we convince ourselves within?”

Well, they do when the show lies about you, yes. I love the way you’re implying that she “convinced herself” that she has a job and that actually the BBC hacks know better. Are you objecting to the word “victim” to make it easier to get away with victim-blaming?

22. Chaise Guevara

@ 20 Chris

“I’m not sure you can claim libel for broadcasting something you’ve willingly said to a camera…”

I bet you can. Imagine I interview you and ask “Do you eat ice cream?”, to which you reply “Oh yes, all the time”. Then I edit the interview to make it look like the question was “Do you beat your wife?”…

The BBC thing isn’t a case of that, I don’t think, and even if it was, you’re probably right about the release form. But I’d be stunned if you couldn’t build a libel case based on selective quotation if it was harmful and misleading enough.

Chaise Guevara re comment 21:

Thanks for your message.

I wasn’t implying the BBC’s representation of her is better than hers – merely the obvious point that the picture we have ourselves is more understanding and sympathetic than the view others have of us.
Quick interviews on TV are made to support the conclusions of the interviewer no matter if they might not be ones shared by the person interviewed.

Perhaps I’m the only one thinking this but what I also thought was: isn’t it a bit rich of the BBC to gently ‘turn over’ this lady whilst devoting so much time to coverage, bordering on a campaign, against malpractices of News International? What? The BBC something other than our benign protectors?

My objections to general use of the word victim is that it is used more frequently than it should and it transforms a person’s view of him/herself if it is applied to them. It makes people feel sorry for themselves about events that have happened instead of being proud to have coped with things.

In many instances couldn’t the question “Were you a victim of an accident at work?” made by insurance chasing advertisements could be substituted with ” Are you a fat-arsed-TV-adict hooked on Jeremy Kyle and Trisha?”

She should have been asked “Is your child’s father helping to support you? If not why not?”

25. Chaise Guevara

@ 23 Kojak

“I wasn’t implying the BBC’s representation of her is better than hers – merely the obvious point that the picture we have ourselves is more understanding and sympathetic than the view others have of us.”

Fair enough – but that isn’t what this lady’s fallen foul of.

“Quick interviews on TV are made to support the conclusions of the interviewer no matter if they might not be ones shared by the person interviewed.”

True, but they shouldn’t be! If hacks are called out on it, this might change.

“Perhaps I’m the only one thinking this but what I also thought was: isn’t it a bit rich of the BBC to gently ‘turn over’ this lady whilst devoting so much time to coverage, bordering on a campaign, against malpractices of News International? What? The BBC something other than our benign protectors?”

Hypocrisy aside, the BBC has NO business bending the truth to fit its reporters’ agendas. It’s bad enough when private channels do it. I don’t pay my licence fee to be lied to.

“My objections to general use of the word victim is that it is used more frequently than it should and it transforms a person’s view of him/herself if it is applied to them. It makes people feel sorry for themselves about events that have happened instead of being proud to have coped with things.”

Sure, but I’m having trouble coming up with a neutral alternative. “Injured party” is better but might sound like hyperbole in some cases.

“In many instances couldn’t the question “Were you a victim of an accident at work?” made by insurance chasing advertisements could be substituted with ” Are you a fat-arsed-TV-adict hooked on Jeremy Kyle and Trisha?””

Well, yes.

26. TerriblyOverlyObtuse

10. Shatterface

“She is a working mother who receives additional State support.”

…because her employer doesn’t pay her enough to live on – because so much is being extracted from the system in the form of surplus value (profit)

In her case she is the victim of the right wing ideologues demanding that the public sector pay as little as the private sector does.

It’s teh same old capitlaism – just re-jigged over and over again.

However the results remain entirely consistent.

27. Trooper Thompson

@26

“It’s the same old capitalism – just re-jigged over and over again.”

That sounds like the same old Marxist analysis, re-jigged over and over again.

28. Man on Clapham Omnibus

State TV – dontchajustlurveit.
I suspect with all these cuts around no one wants to bite any hands.

Stratton’s ‘interview’ was a nasty piece of voyeurism that panders to feelings of class disgust.

Somebaody wants to do their research this young lady deserves an apology. Totally agree with her things do happen you just have to do your best,

I love the trolling that the BBC is always so terribly biased etc. Imagine the treatment she would have had on Sky.

The issue of the cost of housing isn’t going to go away. From the outset it was recognised that any welfare system that provided for decent minimum housing standards would require some element of cost control. Naturally the tories under Thatcher could not abide such a policy, allowing a generation of mail readers to rejoice at how much their houses became worth while subsequent generations will have to suffer the more negative consequences.

This issue should have been tackled by now. Labour shied away from dealing with it and the tories don’t care. Both parties should be ashamed.

She should think herself lucky it wasn’t Kay Burley.

It would be good to see a longer section of the report. The clip you have doesn’t explain Shanene’s circumstances, but it’s hard to judge the wider context from that. If the piece was scripted to imply she was unemployed, or if it was scripted carelessly so that a reasonable viewer would have formed that impression, then Allegra Stratton must apologise.
She is relatively new to telly. I’d certainly suggest she checks her body language. Leaning back and giving the impression of passing judgement on a young woman who appears to be quite sincere is a sign that she hasn’t mastered the medium yet. She comes across as arrogant and disconnected, which may well be very unfair, but that’s why body language an tone of voice is critical on TV.

34. edward mark reid

That young Mum did well to keep her cool!!!!….. By her accent I can tell she is English…….What about the eastern Europeans that are flooding the country and sending their benefits out of the country home to Poland or whatever …. what about the bogus asylum seekers….GET A GRIP BBC!!!

A Decent Living Wage
(Gordon Brown)

if she had this and councils were decently funded this hb wouldnt happen!

‘Allegra Stratton also asked Shanene: “Do u think you should have had your daughter,”’

Bloody hell, where’s the humanity in that? Really, is that the country we’ve become?

The fact is there are thousands of two-parent families claiming more benefit than Shanene in the guise of tax-credits. What probably started out as a seemingly good idea to support people in work has, in reality, become a subsidy for employers. It’s a green light to cheapen labour and, at the same time, it discriminates against single people without children.

38. So Much For Subtlety

Yes the BBC coverage was terrible and dishonest. But in all the fuss there is an issue here – why should the welfare state be used to subsidise a girl who wants a child, seemingly doesn’t want a husband and doesn’t want to live at home with her Mother?

There is a case for the welfare state helping those in need. Especially when those needs are beyond their control. But this is funding a life style choice. Not a good one either. One with serious social consequences. As we shall see when said child grows up.

This was an ideal opportunity for the bbc to pounce on the welfarw reform & the myth that it “will reward hard working families”. Sadly though even this woman jumps on the benefit scroungers bandwagon with some of her comments. Why cant we stop demonising benefit claimants & turn the spotlight back on the government and ask why is unemployment so high& where are the REAL FULL TIME PERMANENT jobs coming from!

This is exactly the petty carping at the BBC that really gets my goat up. Your fire is aimed at the wrong people.

For thirty years, the Right have complained about ‘bias’ at the BBC. What they were actually complaining about was the fact that reality differed from their set of lazy prejudices. People are always demanding that the BBC tell ‘the truth’ about immigration, the unemployed, crime, race etc, but actually, they do want the ‘truth’, they want their considerable prejudices re-enforced.

The Right have been attacking the messenger and the Left for some reason have been aping the same attacks on the same messenger. The Right would bleat about ‘bias’ at the unemployment figures or a story about the NHS and we would then line our kicks at the BBC.

What about this for a crazy idea? Instead of aiming our kicks at the BBC, why not get into the faces of the Tories? Why not use their attacks on the BBC as evidence that the Tories hate truth and prefer to lie? Instead of saying ‘Top Gear’ is evidence of BBC bias, why not use the attacks on the BBC as evidence of the Tories distain for the poor or unemployed?

The Right have got the BBC into the type of media they broadly want. They have chipped away at the BBC for twenty years and have successfully holed it under the water in last year’s licence agreement.

The Left got the type of Broadcaster they deserve because we never defended the integrity of the BBC. The BBC were never the ‘Left’s’ friends in the way the Right suggested. All we ever needed was the BBC to tell the truth and be as accurate as possible.

When the BBC told the truth, they could damage us as easily as the Sun could with lies. The Andrew Gilligan and the ‘sexed up’ dossier is a prime example. That kept everyone on the left honest.

The BBC are now having to pander to the Right wing agenda because the Right have successfully framed the National debate. That is not the fault of the BBC, that is the fault of the Left and their unwillingness or inability to challenge the Tories. We have nodded sagely as they moved the agenda on and further down into the gutter. We now live in a society where the disabled and employment rights are fair game. The Left’s muted response has been notable in these areas.

For what it is worth, I don’t think the news coverage of the BBC has lurched to the Right, but it has been dumbed down considerably to the extent that even the most fuckwitted Right Wing bigot gets an easy ride.

I remember when radio five started. The evening discussions used to be held by the late Vincent Hannah. The other week, I listened to another Irishman, a ‘Stephen Nolan’ who is simply too stupid to tackle anyone of any substance, far less a screaming Tory like Iain Collins.

Just so you know, there’s a petition asking Newsnight for an apology:
http://www.change.org/petitions/newsnight-i-deserve-an-apology

I think it’s high time journalists are called out for their incessant portrayal of benefit receipients as “scroungers”, regardless of their circumstances.

42. Nathan Hulse

Trooper Thompson:

@26

“It’s the same old capitalism – just re-jigged over and over again.”

That sounds like the same old Marxist analysis, re-jigged over and over again.”

Funny that, eh. It is obvious for all to see that the Marxist analysis of capitalism was borne by the banking collapse and the subsequent onset of self-consumption by the system. No re-jigging necessary. Marxist theory may not be perfect, but you’re the one peddling defunct line on this one.

Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see what the fuss is about. They never say she’s unemployed, they interview her in relation to housing benefits – which she does receive.

“Why didn’t you stay with your parents” is a legigimate question, in her case. There may have been circumstances preventing it (and there may be) – but in which case, she could say that, not just “Well..it just wouldn’t work” – that’s not justification. Most unemployed young people have to rely on their parents as I did last year – I probably could have got a flat on housing benefit but I didn’t. There’s often a choice.

44. Nathan Hulse

WyattM:

“Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see what the fuss is about. They never say she’s unemployed, they interview her in relation to housing benefits – which she does receive.”

And then you go on to say

“Most unemployed young people have to rely on their parents as I did last year – I probably could have got a flat on housing benefit but I didn’t. There’s often a choice.”

So you made exactly the same false comparison as Stratton! SHE IS A WORKING MOTHER. Please, if you’re going to pass judgement, at least get your rationale straight.

Ultimately, the point is that Stratton conducted the interview on false premises; the interviewee was entirely unprepared for the line of questioning and the subsequent edit was devious in the extreme. If you were unexpectedly subjected to an aggressive interrogation by an experienced Oxbridge journo on camera, would you be well composed and articulate? You might be in the minority if so. Stratton was bang out of order.

Some of the questions were asked of the wrong person. OK, so she doesn’t live with her parents. It’s their home. They weren’t asked whether they were prepared to have her there or why it wouldn’t work out if they did.

She is a single parent. Why is she asked why she’s a single parent but not her baby’s father?

Now maybe there are good reasons for both these things, or maybe Shaneen has simply told her parents and the child’s father to get lost, but we don’t know and she wasn’t asked whether it was her or her parents that decided their home wasn’t big enough for all of them and whether it was her choice or other circumstances ranging from abandonment to bereavement that she gets housing benefit instead of the baby’s father paying the rent.

Shame on the BBC.

46. Shinsei1967

@David

All obvious questions you would have thought. And I can’t understand why Allegra Stratton wouldn’t have asked them (even if they didn’t appear on the actual 90 secs of film) or her researcher would have asked them.

So one can only assume that the BBC was either unprofessional in not researching properly, or that the answers the mother gave didn’t fit the “spin” Newsnight was broadcasting (which is also unprofessional).

But it does just pinpoint how useless these vox pop packages are. The reporters get to choose to interview whomever articulates the point they want to make.

There’s 62 million people in the country. If they want to find a stereotype feckless single mum who admits to getting pregnant just to fleece the system then they can find one. If you want to find a hard working single mum who has trouble making ends meet depsite working two jobs then they can find one.

47. Chaise Guevara

@ 45 David

To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with those questions unless they’re veiled accusations. The journalist couldn’t talk to the child’s father or the lady’s parents because presumably they weren’t in the room at the time.

If there’s an undercurrent of “Why were you so irresponsible as to bring up a child alone? Too good to live with your parents, eh?” then that’s different.

48. the a&e charge nurse

Is Allegra free to harass, sorry, interview the queen about scrounging?

Apparently her maj is asking for state hand outs to cover Buck-pals mega utility bills? Does anybody know which provider she is with – surely the sexy market can offer some sort of cut price deal?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/queen-tried-to-use-state-poverty-fund-to-heat-buckingham-palace-2088179.html

38

So, exactly what is the problem, is it the fact that she is a single mother or that she is claiming benefits?

There are thousands of two parent families claiming tax-credits where one partner works and the other looks after the child/children, this is also a lifestyle choice. Should the state not insist that both partners work so that they would need less/no benefit?

And didn’t William and Harry come from a famous one-parent family, there’s time for them to go bad yet.

@44
“So you made exactly the same false comparison as Stratton! SHE IS A WORKING MOTHER.”
I was referring to my own situation. She cannot support herself – unemployed or not – which is why she’s claiming housing benefit. There’s a “choice” in that she could live with her mother or apply for housing benefit.

Not saying the interview was nice – Stratton was rude and the premise of it didn’t seem to be explained to the interviewee. But I don’t see anything wrong with the questions being asked of her, relating to her claiming housing benefit.

51. the a&e charge nurse

[50] ‘But I don’t see anything wrong with the questions being asked of her, relating to her claiming housing benefit’ – of course you don’t – pointing the finger at scroungers (which was the obvious subtext) is endemic.

The people who caused most of our current woes are presumably not available for comment, perhaps because they are having such great fun getting through their latest bonanza pay out?

“There’s a “choice” in that she could live with her mother or apply for housing benefit.”

But we don’t know that. Ultimately, it’s her mother’s decision whether to offer her a home, not hers, and she wasn’t asked whether her mother was prepared to do so. At present, there’s no legal obligation on parents in the UK to provide a shelter over the roof of their grown-up children.

53. Lisa Cade

I am speechless after watching the interview was it about my daughters choices in becoming a mother do young people only leave home because of FIGHTS ! My Daughter is and has always been a Hard working TAX payer ! who feels passionate about being a working happy single parent with a happy Child who lights up any room.
I feel saddened that such a positive role model to young single mums has been portrayer like this !!

You will apologise BBC !

A very upset mum

P.s She left home because that’s what people do when they want to start a family

I’d like to stay focused on the petition if that’s OK (not whether poor Shanene is right to be giving her daughter a wholesome upbringing in her own flat and WORKING to fund that job in a job which does not have ‘a decent living wage’ Gordon Brown’ due to underfounded councils) The Main Point Being An Apology For Manipulating Shanene’s Contribution ‘Without Her Consent Or Knowledge.’ amateurish unprofessional presenting. I hope those who agree will request this apology as well as commenting?

I have made a formal complaint to the BBC myself, something which it is straightforward to do on the BBC’s website. Others might consider doing the same.

56. Nathan Hulse

@WyattM:

“’So you made exactly the same false comparison as Stratton! SHE IS A WORKING MOTHER.’

I was referring to my own situation. She cannot support herself – unemployed or not – which is why she’s claiming housing benefit. There’s a “choice” in that she could live with her mother or apply for housing benefit.”

My point stands; you made a lazy comparison on the basis of willfully misleading journalism – exactly the response the piece is trying to elicit.

“Not saying the interview was nice – Stratton was rude and the premise of it didn’t seem to be explained to the interviewee. But I don’t see anything wrong with the questions being asked of her, relating to her claiming housing benefit.”

The questions were loaded. It was intentional, not accidentally rude. And her relationship with her parents and decision for having a child are none of Stratton’s bloody business. What is more, as Shanene pays rent and receives a contribution to meet the sky-high rates, is her situation really all the morally questionable in general terms? Could we not equally state that such top-ups are in the interest of promoting the development mixed communities and combatting the further ghettoisation of both the poor and the middle-classes? Ultimately, is it not the fault of property speculators and market financiers that the price of rent is through the roof anyway? Should people like Shanene be made to suffer for the excesses of the upper middle classes? Furthermore, should poor people not have any children at all simply because they are poor? What a load of half-arsed, pseudo-Malthusian tripe. Its a vulgar, narrow minded, ignorant and deviously shitty piece of journalism, sorry.

57. So Much For Subtlety

53. Lisa Cade

She left home because that’s what people do when they want to start a family

Actually in the old days they got a job, saved some money and then got married. All before starting a family. She chose otherwise.

For all the hype over what was said and how insensitive it may have been, the core issue remains – why should the rest of us have to pay for this life style choice?

58. the a&e charge nurse

[57] ‘in the old days they got a job, saved some money and then got married’ – and if they didn’t some of them were locked up in the local asylum.

‘why should the rest of us have to pay for this life style choice’ – to give her child a reasonable quality of life.
Oh, and to line the pockets of the rent hungry landlords – I hear some of them have had to cut down on the number of golfing holidays since the recession took hold?

The reason for this petition/complaint is because the BBC stitched Shanene up and portrayed her as something she is not, an unemployed scrounger whose parents have turfed her and her daughter out on the streets! That is simply not true!

She willingly took part in the interview in the first place because she thought it would give her a chance to speak up as a hardworking single parent coping with living in London, that’s what she was told it would be about! She had been sent questions she would be asked therefore allowing her time to prepare but that isn’t the way the interview went, the interview was carried out in a cafe next to where Shanene works, why didn’t they just go to her workplace and interview her there? It was staged and there were loaded questions, ones she hadn’t known were going to be asked and Shanene was completely put on the spot and this is why she feels so upset and who can blame her!

So whether you agree that she should receive housing benefit or not is beside the point, the BBC have aired an interview that is harsh and unfair and makes it look like Shanene has made bad choices when that is not the truth so please stick to the agenda don’t judge and if you feel she was treated badly sign the petition if you don’t think she was treated badly then don’t sign…simple!

http://www.change.org/petitions/bbcnewsnight-i-deserve-an-apology?

what’s sad is that that liberals believe that people should be incentivised to breed at taxpayers expense and encourage the destruction of family for political advantage. I suppose a lot of you work in public service so live off that family break up.

The article on newsnight was for a minute a token and refreshing program where bbc news didn’t pursue it’s usual leftwing perspective.

The fact that newsnight specifically chose to give a bit of a hard time to a female single mother and working a bit, and could easily provoke the whining socialist backlash your demonstrating now, and tickle some centrist liberal guilt shows it was a usual bbc setup.

Newsnight could easily and should be filming the countless totally unemployed blaggers soaking taxpayers for 10 of £1000′s in housing and other benefits, but don’t because people resent parasites who do nothing and live off the taxpayers, and that doesn’t fit the BBC news agenda.

@arsehole smith…as a private sector worker can i say one thing. i hate you and hate everything about. you are nearly as loathsome as smfs who is the biggest shit in the world.

62. Chaise Guevara

A Smith thinks that misrepresenting someone on the news to demonise them is “refreshing”. This says interesting things about A Smith’s personality, and begs the age-old question: idiot or wanker?

@ A Smith

They didn’t just give her a “bit of a hard time” as you put it, they blatantly mislead her, if you think this is refreshing then sorry there is something wrong with you.
Shanene Thorpe isn’t an unemployed blagger..what part of that do you not get?!!! She is a working mother and a taxpayer but has been portrayed differently because the BBC edited it to look that way because it suited them, do you think that is right and fair?!

64. Liam Ashby

Don’t be a twat A. Smith. Read it again and try and understand the problem. Shanene was asked to go on the programme to talk about her life GIVEN the situation. As I have said on other forums, no one quibbles with the right to question whether or not she should be entitled to the benefits she gets; that is politics and everyone has their own shade of gray. The point is Shanene was misled. During the interview she was forced justify her life choices and her benefits when this was not at all on the agenda she believed she was given. There are plenty of people that would have accepted the chance to go on under those conditions, maybe even Shanene herself if she’d been given the choice. It’s the BBC deception that is at issue here not the welfare system.

65. Liam Ashby

To A Smith – Rereading again…what do you mean ‘working a bit”..Shanene has a full time job and has always worked. What a cheap, snide remark.

The one thing you get right is that the BBC, if they are interested in this area at all, should be filming the blaggers, those not entitled to the benefits they get (unlike Shanene who is perfectly entitled to everything she gets under the current system). The cheats, scammers and blaggers add huge amounts to the cost of the welfare system that many of us believe in and ruin it for all of us. Direct your ire at them.

Since most of you didn’t read what I said, I’lll rephrase.

My point was that most of you got duped by BBCNewsnight who Specifically chose to give a hard time to that single mum, so as to wind up people like YOU.

There are plenty of unemployed blagger’s out there our rinsing the benefits system, far worse than her and the BBC specifically chose NOT to feature them.

The BBC doesn’t feature unemployed blagger’s because even some liberals have problems with benefits cheats, and a leftwing BBC News tends not to feature them because it makes people less socialist when they see labour councils squandering taxpayers money, particularly now with recession and expensive housing.

BBCNewsnight chose to deceptively feature and give a bit of a hard time to someone that would get maximum sympathy from people like you.
it was refreshing for a minute to hear a non-pc view- no matter how artificial – on a bbc news program.
Allegra Stratton is one of you lot ;) so she know how make socialists squeal :)

So you all got offended – and do your little petitions – and get all emotional – and stomp your feet – and labour mps can say “how terrible”, and most importantly the bbc can point to your petitions and say “look how balanced we are”.

BBCnews and current affairs has shown a consistent left wing bias since for the past 15 years and have rightly been getting increasing crticism for this bias and lack of balance since the recent change of government.

This was nothing more than BBC spin.

67. Chaise Guevara

@ 66 A Smith

So… we’ve got a conspiracy theorist who’ll come up with complex, unfounded explanations to avoid admitting that events don’t fit his prejudices, who despises anyone who holds a different political view to him, and who thinks that *telling the truth* is political correctness gawn maaad.

Just another troll floundering around on the internet.

68. Liam Ashby

Oh, A. Smith, you really are are twat. You’re another of those deluded, conspiracy-theorist nut jobs. You give the BBC far too much credit for inventing some kind of complicated double bluff deception because you can’t cope with the idea that perhaps, for once, it isn’t following the leftist agenda you are so desperate to accuse it of.
Let’s make one thing clear, this complaint isn’t about politics; not the validity of the welfare state nor the political bias of the BBC. It’s about a member of the public being misled into appearing on national TV in order for her to be villified in front of the nation. Whether that was for right wing or left wing purposes or just incompetence is entirely irrelevant.

@ A Smith

“There are plenty of unemployed blagger’s out there our rinsing the benefits system, far worse than her and the BBC specifically chose NOT to feature them”

Would you like to retract that sentence?

“Far worse than her” implies that whatever she is it is bad. I can’t interpret that any other way and I don’t think you want me to do you?

Do you really want to claim Shanene is an ‘unemployed blagger’, just not one of the worst ones? Perhaps I’m inferring an accusation you didn’t intend to make. Please feel free to make your meaning clearer because at the moment you are making yourself look like a complete idiot who is obviously only here intent on winding people up to obviously feed your own longing for a bit of attention!

I think we are onto you A Smith go troll elsewhere!

Newsnight seem to have a pretty poor understanding of the issues. No adult has the legal right to live with their parents unless they have a joint tenancy or part-stake in the home. For many it might be appropriate or even desirable, but if this woman’s mother has asked her to leave there is nothing she can do about it. And I’m not sure she should have to reveal all about her relationship with her mum as the price for being a case study. Dismissing “fights” risks excusing a broad range of behaviour. What if her mother’s home environment is completely unsuitable for raising a child in?

Also, Allegra seems to brush over the fact that the grandmother’s house isn’t suitable size-wise. Does she really think this woman should have to share a bedroom with her daughter long-term? How will that work when her daughter starts school? What if she starts a new relationship?

Asking her why she had her daughter is entirely unacceptable. I’m shocked we’re at the stage where that needs to be explained.

I think there’s a more important point as well. Media organisations increasingly refuse to cover benefit issues unless a case study will talk about the impact cuts will have on them. Is it really ethical that someone’s entire life can then be racked over as a condition for covering an important issue? This woman probably volunteered to explain what housing benefit means for her. Fair play ask sensitively why she can’t live at home, but don’t probe to the extent that this interview does and don’t drift into wider issues.

71. Sarah Kate

@Paul Fox

“I do not always agree that you should get benefits if you are a struggling single mum. She has every right to make that choice but don’t we as the state have the right to focus on disability and care, rather than helping those who have – to be fair – made their own choices and should get on with it?”

Umm, I think it might be slightly unfair to say single parents (not just mums, btw) have “made their own choices and should get on with it”, they may have been left by their partners to bring up a child alone, or have taken the extremely brave decision to leave an abusive relationship, or have become single parents due to their partner dying, or probably numerous other more complicated situations/decisions than your comment suggests.

@Liam Ashby etc – you seem quite naive believing the media don’t pursue their own agendas, and spin their interviews. But then I presume you think, that its only newscorp and the mail that do spin, and not your socialist equivalents like the guardian, independent and the bbc.

@Julie A I wouldn’t normally have brought this up, in this discussion, since there are far greater unemployed blaggers living off the state than this women, that the bbc should be concerning themselves with, but i’ll rise to your bait.

If Nene said she works so I have no reason to disbelieve her.
Why are you not asking why single women should automatically have a preferential right to taxpayer funded housing?
What are the figures? 1 in 3 men need to stay at home compared to 1 in 6 women under 30.
whys that fair?
I’m sure a large part of that is down to labours ideological incentivising of single mothers to stay single with preferential taxpayer funded housing?
Thats not fair.

I understand that your all pc and feminist here and think women should have preferential and subsidised treatment from birth to death, but not everyone thinks that way.

73

That’s the beauty of our welfare state, it doesn’t distinguish between single mothers and single fathers or indeed married/cohabiting same/single sex parents, criteria for means-tested benefits such as HB depends on income. I would suggest that more women claim such benefits because, on average, they earn less than men.

We could look at tax credits paid to a cohabiting couple whereby one works and the other stays at home, surely their choice shouldn’t be subsidized by the tax-payer, and, by definition, why should we subsidize employers who do not pay a living wage?

Whatever your opinion is about welfare benefits, they do not favour any particular status and are universally applied.

Means testing benefits means that single mothers are more likely to get housed first because they are more likely to be poor. They consequently they have little incentive to work, because they lose benefits if they work.

With London housing prices being so expensive, Labour have incentivised women to be single mothers as one way to get housed independently from their families, and as illustrated by the fact that we have amongst the highest rates of single parents in Europe.

Your suggestion about welfare benefits not favouring any particular status and are universally applied, appears incorrect in that they favour the poor whether they are taxpayers or British citizens or not or have contributed to the economy or not.

The system incentivises uk poverty and the worlds poor to come over here, which is how Labour have set it up and run it.

I understand that some public sector, workers economically benefit from poverty and that labour politicians and trade unions politically benefit from poverty, so they have a vested interest in maximising poverty, but please don’t tell me the system is beautiful.


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  1. John Broggio

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/fk6NxpZF #BBC

  2. donmackeen

    “@libcon: How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/fIFHIfpn” Disgraceful BBC

  3. Claire

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/M4WKueYb

  4. Political Animal

    This seems pretty shoddy and biased treatment from #newsnight http://t.co/8WuocDSD

  5. Simon Evans-White

    “@libcon: How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/qduLAyXu” @BBCNewsnight Poor reporting from Newsnight. Shame on you.

  6. CllrMickRoche

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/okFRgoMi via @libcon

  7. liversedge

    This seems pretty shoddy and biased treatment from #newsnight http://t.co/8WuocDSD

  8. June Russell

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/M4WKueYb

  9. Cheryl

    “@libcon: How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/fIFHIfpn” Disgraceful BBC

  10. Noxi

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/dLsKWqQL

  11. Eugene Grant

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/7o0ksgey via @libcon > Shoddy. I would have expected better.

  12. Green Eyed

    Absolutely appalling. RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/O786JujY

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  14. Kim Hedgecock

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  15. BevR

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  17. Benjamin Goode

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  18. Mark Graham

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/hn8yEHrf -should BBC twist facts to push specific political agenda?

  19. Heather Kennedy

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/qNosRt63 < Utterly disgusting .

  20. Claire Benjamin

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  21. Foxy52

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/GL8b5Ltf

  22. Mark Allison

    This is terrible – read article then watch how Newsnight absolutely stitch up this poor girl http://t.co/zbMKt0Gl

  23. May McGrath

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/vs4rIwFo via @libcon

  24. Kate

    This seems pretty shoddy and biased treatment from #newsnight http://t.co/8WuocDSD

  25. Carl Baker

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/GL8b5Ltf

  26. Thom Pechell

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/GL8b5Ltf

  27. lightents

    @OwenJones84 Owen have you watched Newsnight clip demonising single mum on housing benefit? http://t.co/HYd3VSln http://t.co/YaW7qcTL

  28. Lynn MacRae

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/M4WKueYb

  29. Julie Newman

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/Q7Q0gYfk

  30. Reg Burns

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother http://t.co/gKj4ASbv

  31. Laura

    Good for her, making a formal complaint! RT @britishroses1: How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother | http://t.co/hpCIBLWS

  32. Sue Rees

    How Newsnight demonised a benefits mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/vs4rIwFo via @libcon

  33. EdinburghEye

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  34. Sensationalising and Shameful, how @BBCNewsnight demonised a single mum! #wrb #Bias « Dawn Willis sharing the News & Views of the Mentally Wealthy

    [...] http://liberalconspiracy.org/2012/05/25/how-newsnight-demonised-a-benefits-single-mother/ [...]

  35. WorkfareProtest

    @BBCallegra can you explain why Newsnight demonised a benefits mother? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/OmmUhTTB via @libcon @BendyGirl

  36. Vivienne Ward

    @BBCallegra can you explain why Newsnight demonised a benefits mother? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/OmmUhTTB via @libcon @BendyGirl

  37. Simon Blanchard

    @BBCallegra can you explain why Newsnight demonised a benefits mother? | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/OmmUhTTB via @libcon @BendyGirl

  38. Steph

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/cUGfI91d via @libcon #BBC #newsnight #wrb #housingbenefit

  39. @GrannyWils

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/cUGfI91d via @libcon #BBC #newsnight #wrb #housingbenefit

  40. Hiram Abiff

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  41. Sarah Slade

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/hzRmNgCp via @libcon

  42. Dwynwen

    Newsnight's Allegra Stratton asked mother on benefits: Do you think you should have had your daughter? http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  43. Fiona Colley

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/hzRmNgCp via @libcon

  44. Caroline Hirons

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/hzRmNgCp via @libcon

  45. Caroline Hirons

    Just been alerted to this shameful piece of journalistic practice by @BBCAllegra and @BBCNewsnight http://t.co/yGH8HnoQ #mediabully

  46. Smoking Peaches

    Just been alerted to this shameful piece of journalistic practice by @BBCAllegra and @BBCNewsnight http://t.co/yGH8HnoQ #mediabully

  47. John Ferrier

    RT @sunny_hundal: Newsnight journalist asked mother on benefits: Do you think you should have had your daughter? http://t.co/ZKUw0qzO

  48. Victoria Lucas

    "I get in HB as much as I pay in tax working full time so really I fund what I get" > http://t.co/62qKTDLw <- as do many benefits claimants

  49. Zoroaster

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  50. Chloe

    Just been alerted to this shameful piece of journalistic practice by @BBCAllegra and @BBCNewsnight http://t.co/yGH8HnoQ #mediabully

  51. Eddy Cool

    http://t.co/bB6Ux8rO < is it time for the BBC to completely lose the licence fee ? Sponsored by Walt Disney Corp for Micky Mouse reporting!?

  52. D.O

    How BBC Newsnight misrepresented and demonised a single-mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb (who is now complaining)

  53. Agnes

    You expect something better from newsnight http://t.co/OFjgqfhS #bbcnews #leveson please RT, hope BBC apologises

  54. robparsons

    You expect something better from newsnight http://t.co/OFjgqfhS #bbcnews #leveson please RT, hope BBC apologises

  55. Liz Hore

    “@ZiggyKinsella: You expect something better from newsnight http://t.co/G0on6Rq1 #bbcnews #leveson please RT, hope BBC apologises” AGREE!!!

  56. Daniel

    You expect something better from newsnight http://t.co/OFjgqfhS #bbcnews #leveson please RT, hope BBC apologises

  57. Sadie Smith

    You expect something better from newsnight http://t.co/OFjgqfhS #bbcnews #leveson please RT, hope BBC apologises

  58. Jonangus Mackay

    RT @neofabrication @BBCNewsnight Impartiality my arse – Just the media branch of morally bankrupt government http://t.co/U7a5SwUe #leveson

  59. Lorna

    @DeborahJaneOrr Independent young mum @Nenes_Life misrepresented by Newsnight to fit their own agenda> http://t.co/uN2oU9aC

  60. Alex Gordon

    @folkmusicilike According to http://t.co/6GLIoel3 Stratton also asked Shanene: “Do u think you should have had your daughter” but it was cut

  61. Jonangus Mackay

    RT @matt_grimes: Just been alerted to shameful piece of journalistic practice by @BBCAllegra & @BBCNewsnight http://t.co/wgeKtQia #leveson

  62. Kathleen Langley

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/h9yand0p

  63. Robert CP

    'Newsnight: I deserve an apology!' http://t.co/w2YJPPuN << Petition launched following our story yesterday: http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  64. Kath Cooper

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/h9yand0p

  65. cellabiao

    @CllrOliurRahman see also here for the full story. http://t.co/JdSgGtmY

  66. Jonangus Mackay

    What's all this Newsnight fuss about, then? And why should Judge Brian be stickin' his nose in? http://t.co/U7a5SwUe
    #leveson

  67. Jonangus Mackay

    Have a butcher's at this Sun-style Newsnight stitch-up. Even worse than it looks. http://t.co/U7a5SwUe @aaronjohnpeters

  68. Tony Gordon

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/tAVpCCyH via @libcon

  69. Brian Tomkinson

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  71. caroline holding

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  72. AGH

    Stratton's fucking mortgage receives 'state help' from a 0.5% base interest rate – that specifically helps homeowners http://t.co/FHvkHb35

  73. anna-rose phipps

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/mDKhDk9x

  74. cellabiao

    RT @JosieS_: @BBCAllegra This is propaganda, not journalism. Disgraceful behaviour. Resign. http://t.co/Zcz3pgH8 #BBC #leveson

  75. Caroline Molloy

    Yuck. Only just seen this. What right does this priviliged journo have 2 demean this young woman 4 being underpaid? http://t.co/Df9ARthF

  76. Jonangus Mackay

    BBC acting like Fox, lies about interviewee http://t.co/IQwWYYfg Change petition http://t.co/Iywh2fXA Complain at BBC http://t.co/LTRw6YMx

  77. Jonangus Mackay

    How on earth did @BBCNewsnight—my mainstream news fix—come to this? Any Sun analogy inept/unfair. This fix was Fox: http://t.co/tQvusA3U

  78. Jonangus Mackay

    How on earth did @BBCNewsnight—my mainstrm newsfix—come to this.Any Sun analogy inept/unfair.This fix was Fox: http://t.co/tQvusA3U #leveson

  79. Mark Nielsen

    @BBCAllegra: What do *you* do to justify the handout you get from licence-fee payers? Other than bully working mums? http://t.co/cqOgjXLk

  80. Wayne Blackburn

    How newsnight demonised a single mother Another Hatchet job from the BIased broadcasting Corporation http://t.co/a8XUag4o

  81. TFK

    #NewsNight demonises a young working mother portraying her benefit scrounging scum. I am disgusted @ the BBC http://t.co/a8XUag4o

  82. Roger Bliss

    @Nenes_Life Nene here's the short piece http://t.co/jmZtGZWS hope that's OK.

  83. Beaker

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/ouK7h166 via @libcon

  84. IRejectFPTP

    How newsnight demonised a single mother Another Hatchet job from the BIased broadcasting Corporation http://t.co/a8XUag4o

  85. Sam Parker

    Interesting – http://t.co/DmtAd8LT

  86. dan branowsky

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2012/05/25/how-newsnight-demonised-a-benefits-single-mother/

  87. Joseph Stashko

    In other petition news…the single mum interviewed on @BBCNewsnight a few nights ago is demanding an apology: http://t.co/ueYHt9FX

  88. Nicky

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  89. Sam

    BBC mid-quote a young women on #newsnight. @nenes_life has right to be fuming for inaccurate portrayal http://t.co/5MCKvZtw

  90. Labour MP: Newsnight should explain itself | Liberal Conspiracy

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  91. Rupert

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/tAVpCCyH via @libcon

  92. Doug Stokes

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/tj9fN2oT via @libcon

  93. Jack Everitt

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/tj9fN2oT via @libcon

  94. Martin Shovel

    Allegra Stratton should be ashamed of herself for doing this interview http://t.co/WmAsRNO6 Her #Newsnight career hasn't impressed me so far

  95. Susan Thorne

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/M2D2WEv7 A another bias interview by the BBC, twists truth for tory ideology

  96. mike1101011

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/M2D2WEv7 A another bias interview by the BBC, twists truth for tory ideology

  97. Empress Change

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/nJY2Wu4S bloody disgraceful.

  98. ~*ShannyBu*~

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/nJY2Wu4S bloody disgraceful.

  99. Luther Blissett

    Nice one, Newsnight. You lowlifes. http://t.co/LRlU01rI

  100. Lynn Schreiber

    Do have a look at how BBC twisted the story of working mum @Nenes_Life to make her seem like a scrounger http://t.co/nVvps30f

  101. Jax Blunt

    Do have a look at how BBC twisted the story of working mum @Nenes_Life to make her seem like a scrounger http://t.co/nVvps30f

  102. Greg Asher

    Allegedly Stratton (Allegra Stratton).
    http://t.co/QMSVrdce
    #newsnight

  103. Ali B

    Do have a look at how BBC twisted the story of working mum @Nenes_Life to make her seem like a scrounger http://t.co/nVvps30f

  104. Sharon McDaid

    Do have a look at how BBC twisted the story of working mum @Nenes_Life to make her seem like a scrounger http://t.co/nVvps30f

  105. Seth Kneller

    Do have a look at how BBC twisted the story of working mum @Nenes_Life to make her seem like a scrounger http://t.co/nVvps30f

  106. graham

    #newsnight need to apologise fir this http://t.co/s8P5AQ5X

  107. RachelKenehan

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  108. Adam Reynolds

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  109. Jamilla Hinds-Brough

    This is disgraceful. Fact is, well over 50% single parents are in work. We need to pay ppl enough to make work pay http://t.co/5qtPaiAG

  110. fridge

    #newsnight need to apologise fir this http://t.co/s8P5AQ5X

  111. Kirst

    Here's @libcon piece on Newsnight's bullying of a working single mum http://t.co/chxJs3BX & petition asking for apology
    http://t.co/EKMXv31y

  112. Chris Butler

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/uW1J1kni via @libcon

  113. sergio P

    I thought that interview was a bit funny also http://t.co/KAJQoiEd – Allegra Stratton used to be good

  114. michelle

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/nJY2Wu4S bloody disgraceful.

  115. Duncan Hay

    @afrayn If you liked that, you'll love this: http://t.co/bBn301MI. Richard Seymour does a very good takedown here: http://t.co/3UPB8VRZ

  116. Andy mcquade

    Allegra Stratton, #newsnight &, ultimately, #BBC shamelessly acted as mouthpiece for Tory ideology when they did this: http://t.co/kc9HnoEq

  117. Rob Palk

    Newsnight to erect in studio ducking stool http://t.co/kQ0wH4tP

  118. BASW

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  119. Mark Carrigan

    Stunningly unpleasant 'journalism' by @BBCAllegra. Patronising, rude and abhorrent. http://t.co/c0Wckatn

  120. sueky

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  121. ColinLoc

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  122. Alice Marshall

    Allegra Stratton should be ashamed of herself for doing this interview http://t.co/WmAsRNO6 Her #Newsnight career hasn't impressed me so far

  123. Soulstress

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  124. Paul Fredericks

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  125. stefinj

    @PennyRed this adds meat to it, not that you'll anymore for a month! http://t.co/fHjD1yFH

  126. Who decided Newsnight shouldn’t look at low wages? | Edinburgh Eye

    [...] Shanene Thorpe says I got a call from my supervisor asking if I’d be happy to be filmed at work to show the side of the working single parent/ young person. Of course I’d be happy to do that, being a working mum is something I’m proud of… Its not been all plain sailing. [...]

  127. Newsnight petition gets over 20,000 signatures | Liberal Conspiracy

    [...] petition was launched last week after Liberal Conspiracy reported on how it had misrepresented Ms [...]

  128. Jenny Greenwell

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/I0NmSuHz via @libcon

  129. What BBC Newsnight did to Shanene Thorpe | Black Triangle Campaign

    [...] had your daughter,” she tells me, but that question was not shown. Why is that even asked?   This is what she, and her employers, did: they found a working mother who is in receipt of housing [...]

  130. richard otley

    @COLFESmedia BBC not above manipulating the truth?http://t.co/ouc5ge8V

  131. COLFESmedia

    @COLFESmedia BBC not above manipulating the truth?http://t.co/ouc5ge8V

  132. Newsnight apologises for misrepresenting mother | Liberal Conspiracy

    [...] Thorpe disputed how Newsnight represented her in tweets after the film was aired: To set the record straight, I work [...]

  133. Colin M

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  134. mr kips

    While I don't mind the questions, I don't dig the misrepresentation+public ridicule of the poor on @BBCNewsnight http://t.co/YhiOt3rn

  135. Sophie

    In which @BBCNewsnight bully a single mother. Ugly stuff. http://t.co/H9xqxk96

  136. shreen

    RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/02Tk1Gni

  137. Emily Webb

    I'd expect more from the Beeb RT “@shreen_ayob: RT @libcon: How Newsnight demonised a single mother http://t.co/THnz0Qy4”

  138. carrie

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  139. Emanuel Stoakes

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  140. Stuart Rodger

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  141. Biserka Anderson

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  142. Biserka Anderson

    MT How Newsnight's @BBCAllegra demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/7lNrm5DO via @sunny_hundal

  143. matthew naylor

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/tAVpCCyH via @libcon

  144. The Global Sociology Blog - 21st Century Peasants – Bullied, Criminalized, Pushed Out of the Way, Exploited, and Killed

    [...] housing benefits to help cover the cost of rent. In a series of statements on Twitter (collated byLiberal Conspiracy), Thorpe attempted to tackle the inaccurate portrayal of her situation: “To set the record [...]

  145. Joyce Lau

    Did the BBC screw up this report on a diligent full-time working mom, by implying that she was a mooch? http://t.co/LV0HpREH @libcon

  146. On austerity « turbinetastic

    [...] context, I just read this. Alongside some other things I’ve read, the whole thing really worries me. I have worries about the independence debate, most notably [...]

  147. dawnschooner67

    How Newsnight's Allegra Stratton demonised and misrepresented a single mother on benefits http://t.co/4hRZxIBb

  148. Josie S

    @CarolineLucas @mehdirhasan Is @BBCNewsnight what did you expect? Invented a scrounger when couldn't find a real one: http://t.co/Pa4auEQm

  149. Timebandit

    @BBC_Joe_Lynam Did @BBCAllegra or @bbcnewsnight ever redress the accusation that? http://t.co/QNoSdmS8

  150. Karl Greenwood

    @bernerlap @JoshNewlove http://t.co/YZrnfr3U

  151. Iguana Keeper

    .@BBCAllegra Misportraying this woman, and then suggesting she give up her child is despicable. http://t.co/noAhuzSu http://t.co/cwwYzUwt

  152. Paul Cotterill

    If Lord McAlpine does sue Newsnight for defamation, I hope he'll consider launching joint action with Shanene Thorpe http://t.co/1CTa6mYe

  153. Eugene Grant

    I never liked #Newsnight. Too smug; too many 'experts' who weren't; & their treatment of this single mum was appalling http://t.co/7o0ksgey

  154. Eugene Grant

    .@LabourUnited Previous tweet linked to @libcon story on her http://t.co/7o0ksgey

  155. s cullen

    .@LabourUnited Previous tweet linked to @libcon story on her http://t.co/7o0ksgey

  156. s cullen

    @LabourUnited Story abt newsnight demonising working sing mums http://t.co/Z9O5774C

  157. Mary Galbraith

    @elrick1 How can Allegra say that in her 'impartial' role? Her Newsnight contribution has been disastrous. http://t.co/ybXPP4XH

  158. Andy Brownson

    How Newsnight demonised a single mother | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/8cBo8OoU via @libcon





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