Deaf News: BBC accused of “smearing” partially deaf MP it accused of “resting his eyes” during debate

Posted on September 15, 2015

The BBC has been accused of smearing an MP, after it tweeted a photo of him “resting his eyes.”

However, it turned out the MP is partially deaf, and the photo clearly showed him listening to a speaker by his side.

The Guido Fawkes website reported:

The picture has been retweeted hundreds of times already. Just one problem: he was not asleep. That little thing you can see next to his ear is a speaker. Shelbrooke needed it to hear because he is partially deaf. He tells Guido:

“I am genuinely slightly deaf and struggle to hear. I had taken part in the debate and was trying to hear the wind ups. Seems a shame I get trolled due to being slightly deaf.”

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With thanks to Andy Palmer


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