The BBC has refused to hold its tongue no longer and come out all guns blazing against the Mail Online following the publication of an attack piece which accused the public broadcaster of ‘capitalising on misery’ by devoting air time to a slew of high-profile disasters and murders.
Observing a ‘rush’ of programming around the Grenfell tower fire, racist murder of Stephen Lawrence and gay serial killer Stephen Port the title latched on to critics who claim such material merely serves to ‘make evil people famous’.
Highlighting the double standards at play however the Mail unashamedly splashed an ‘Exclusive’ account of a new Discovery documentary about killer Tracie Andrews.
In a statement the BBC press office responded: “The killing of Stephen Lawrence and the tragedy of Grenfell are among the most important social stories of our times and to run a story suggesting that documentaries along with a drama on the Stephen Port killings are ‘capitalising on misery’ based on three Facebook posts is crass beyond belief.”
A story that’s crass beyond belief… pic.twitter.com/nltTCx1YK6
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) August 24, 2017
The Mail is also locked in a long-running feud with the guardian, accusing its rival of promoting ‘fake news’ and acting as a ‘purveyor of hatred’.