DWP comms chief attacks Guardian ‘inaccuracy’

The DWP’s new Director of Communications has attacked the Guardian for “demonising” public servants with “innacurate” coverage of welfare reform.

In a guest blog for Press Gazette, former Sun man Richard Caseby wrote: “Why is it that the national newspaper which devotes the most coverage to welfare reform reports on it with such pinpoint inaccuracy? Is it ineptitude or ideology? Is it the innumeracy of its journalists? Day after day, Alan Rusbridger’s Guardian gets its facts wrong.”

And he said the only way to extract corrections from the Guardian “is to treat it like a landed eel – stand on its head until it spits one out. It’s that slippery.”

He added: “The Guardian is drifting into choppy waters again. When Mr Rusbridger waged war on News International, he and his staff got so giddy with the factoids they ended up publishing the longest correction in British newspaper history. Today the same hysteria is creeping into the Guardian’s coverage of the DWP, whose thousands of staff are working hard to introduce the biggest reforms for 60 years. It is wrong for the Guardian to demonise public servants. Mr Rusbridger might wish to get a grip on his skittish staff. He could start by encouraging an ethos of criticism based on fact. His reporters’ latest excursion outside the London bubble in an ill-conceived mission to misrepresent Newcastle as the UK’s industrially imploded Detroit was so laughable in its misrepresentation even Buzzfeed took the mickey.”

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