‘No one is watching’ GB News guest mocks news channel with hidden message
Guto Harri takes the knee on GB News as he slams racism
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Ever since its launch last month, GB News has gained large amounts of criticism online. A number of Twitter users have been mocking the new channel which was founded by Andrew Neil. The news network has been hitting the headlines a lot this week and now one of its own guests has hit out at GB News.
During a broadcast on Friday night, one guest left a hidden message in the background of their shot that poked fun at the controversial news channel.
James Mills, former strategic advisor to ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, appeared on Michelle Dewberry’s programme on Friday evening.
He was on the programme to discuss how the Labour party can make a political comeback, but also used the opportunity to make a statement about the newly formed GB News.
James displayed a comment about the channel’s viewership on the whiteboard behind him during his interview.
“No one is watching GB News,” the message on his whiteboard read.
After pulling the prank on GB News, James took to social media to reveal that he had been banned from the channel as a result of his actions.
In a post on Twitter, he wrote: “I just got cancelled (or as they call it ‘banned’) by what I assume was one of the editors of #gbnews but after their stance on taking a knee I thought I would have some fun rather than just say no to them… #NoOneIsWatchingGBNews.”
This comes after the channel issued a statement about one of its presenters, Guto Harri, taking the knee live on-air in the wake of racism aimed at England’s Euro 2020 footballers.
GB News released a statement on Thursday to condemn Guto’s actions as a “breach” of its standards.
On Twitter, the channel wrote: “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.”
However, it then followed this up by saying: “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,” the statement concluded.
Many Twitter users praised James for his trick on the new broadcaster.
One individual commented: “You’re a bad, bad person, and I like it.”
“More cancel culture from gbnews lol,” [sic] a second added.
However, not everyone seemed to be on his side, with some suggesting it was unprofessional of him to mock the news channel.
One GB News viewer wrote: “I was watching this live and I felt it let any credibility you may have as a political commentator go. You’re better than that @JamesMills1984 surely?”
“You were invited to give your view on an item that I assume they thought you knowledgeable about. However, you turned out to be unprofessional and childish. They were right to not ask you back,” another remarked.
GB News begins with The Great British Breakfast daily at 6am.
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