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

Posted on September 15, 2015

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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.”

Read the full story here: http://order-order.com/2015/09/15/bbc-smear-of-deaf-tory-mp-goes-viral/#:SBX5w03Jap99Zg

With thanks to Andy Palmer

 

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