Official: Don’t take anything Boris Johnson says seriously
It’s not every day your editor leaps to your defence by saying your pieces should not be read “as a serious, in-depth analysis” - but Boris Johnson is not your average hack.
The leading Brexiteer - famous for pocketing £275,000 a year for his weekly Daily Telegraph columns - has had his knuckles rapped by press regulator Ipso over a piece he penned back in January.
The column claimed that polls showed a no-deal Brexit was “by some margin” more popular than either staying in the European Union or leaving on Theresa May’s terms.
But the piece prompted an angry missive to the press regulator from one reader, who said the former foreign secretary had failed to back up the claim.
The watchdog said The Telegraph had not been able to stand up the line from the tousled-haired Tory titan.
“Instead it had construed the polls as signalling support for a no deal, when in fact, this was the result of the publication either amalgamating several findings together, or interpreting an option beyond what was set out by the poll as being a finding in support of a no-deal Brexit,” Ipso added.
Cue the robust defence from The Telegraph, which issued an online apology today but told the regulator Johnson's piece was “clearly comically polemical, and could not be reasonably read as a serious, empirical, in-depth analysis of hard factual matters”.
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