The BBC violated its own editorial guidelines on August 10 when a report created false balance between a survivor and critic of conversion therapy, and a leading proponent and supposed “ex-gay” success story.
The report began with Gareth, a survivor, discussing the lasting damage caused by attempts to “cure” him of his sexual orientation. But then the segment provided Core Issues Trust CEO Mike Davidson with a soapbox, lacking any meaningful fact-checking.
Among other concerns, according to Pink News, critics noted that the BBC report created false ambiguity over whether this harmful and discredited practice is a legitimate form of therapy, dangerously presenting a fraudulent scam “in a palatable way.”
Pink News notes that the BBC’s guidelines make clear “impartiality usually involves more than a simple matter of ‘balance’ between opposing viewpoints” and “does not require absolute neutrality on every issue.”
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