The BBC’s coverage of our recent civil disturbances has been a bit woeful at times. I’ve felt that they have blithered on about the pernicious influence of social media without questioning whether their own coverage of events has any kind of influence on them.

Tonight it all went a bit silly when they chose to take a report from a Tim Hart, who gave a rather breathless report in which he got the names of most of the streets wrong, misreported that the buses had all stopped at 3pm and claimed that looters had thrown rocks at him.

Compare this with what I’d seen Nicky Getgood Tweet at around the same time

I've just seen a supposed young 'rioter' sucking his thumb. It's the saddest fucking thing I've ever seen. :'-( #birminghamriots

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