BBC Complaint at normalising extremists, anti-semites, conspiracy theorists.

Dear Miss Muggeridge

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Here are the details of your complaint:

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YOUR COMPLAINT:

Complaint Summary: Announcement that Kerry Mendoza is to be on BBCQT

Full Complaint: HI, I heard the announcement you were to have Kerry Mendoza of The Canary on Question Time. I am writing to complain because this is an extremist publication, which specialises in conspiracy theories, anti-semitism, and incitement to very dangerous behaviour. It is a fantasy site for cranks. I have included a link to a blog post I have just published, which contains conversatoin with Steve Topple, one of their columnists about a made up conspiracy theory that led to people receiving death threats. He wrote the theory to encourage the breakdown of he labour party and is seriously mentally ill and believed this was a way to bring about(and I quote) ‘economic and social collapse’.https://idgeofreason.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/the-canary-question-time-portland-conspiracy-theory/ The blog post contains screenshots of the conversation and a transcript.

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