GB News received criticism from viewers after one of its presenters took the knee live on air, yet has now issued an apology, claiming that the act breached its standards rules.
Presenter Guto Harri took the knee live on air on Tuesday in protest at the tiny number of predominantly overseas-based racist tweets aimed at England’s footballers who missed penalties in the Euros final.
Yet whilst Harri is just one presenter of many who hold a variety of views on the popular channel, the gesture, which has long been connected to the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement, is widely criticised, leading to viewers taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Issuing a statement via their Twitter account today, Andrew Neil’s news channel said:
“GB News stands four square against racism in all its forms. We do not have a company line on taking the knee. Some of our guests have been in favour, some against. All are anti-racist. We have editorial standards that all GB News journalists uphold.
“On Tuesday a contributing presenter took the knee live on air and this was an unacceptable breach of our standards.
“We let both sides of the argument down by oversimplifying a very complex issue.”
Recently, left-wing journalists have been working hard to distance the connection between taking the knee and Marxism, with the Independent this week printing disinformation, including the claim that Martin Luther king Jr had been photographed participating in the gesture.
In fact, the event that seems to have been intentionally misinterpreted by the Independent’s Nadine White, shows Dr King kneeling to pray with a pastor before the now famous Selma march.