Mini thread... prompted by the return of the "£350m a week" and reflecting on what I learned at the BBC.
Yes, it's a shame that the BBC calls the figure "disputed" rather than simply "wrong or incorrect". But it's part of a bigger problem.
Actual, outright, open lying about evidence suddenly seems "ok behaviour" for politicians. And broadcasters struggle with that.
Sure, politicians have always been selective with evidence and spun numbers but I think open dishonesty is a newer thing.
And how I broadcasters deal with "balance" relies on the norms of an earlier, more straightforward era.
I mean - we can have a legitimate debate as to whether a 50p top rate of tax will raise or lower revenues. A case can be made for either...
... and the parties (and their experts) can present their case and the BBC (for example) can be balanced in presenting that argument.
But when one side is actually just lying that approach doesn't work. But broadcasters still stuck in that mode of operation.