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'Total rubbish' or the truth? UK media challenge Boris Johnson over shock coronavirus comments

April 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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UK media outlets from across the political spectrum are engaged in an unusually direct confrontation with Prime Minister Boris Johnson over incendiary comments he allegedly made about the coronavirus pandemic.

London (CNN Business)UK media outlets from across the political spectrum are engaged in an unusually direct confrontation with Prime Minister Boris Johnson over incendiary comments he allegedly made about the coronavirus pandemic.

The right-leaning tabloid The Daily Mail was first to report that the prime minister said last October that he would rather see "bodies pile high in their thousands" than put the country into another lockdown.

Even the typically cautious BBC has attributed the phrase to Johnson, quoting sources familiar with the comments.

"It's clear that the BBC TV licence fee has a limited shelf life in a digital media landscape," Julian Knight, the chair of a parliamentary committee reviewing public service broadcasting, said in a report published last month.

Johnson is known for making controversial and even offensive remarks, but there may be a political price to pay for comments about a virus that has killed more than 127,000 people in the United Kingdom.

"Has Fox News ever taken on the top Republican the way the Daily Mail is, for example, taking on Boris Johnson today?" Rasmus Nielsen, director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, asked on Twitter.

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