News anchors are famously trustworthy people, who always weigh the evidence and never rush in to score cheap, ill-founded political points… except for Jon Snow.
The left-leaning Channel 4 journalist, who has practically been in mourning since the UK voted to leave the EU, made this Brexit-themed observation yesterday:
His implication, clearly, is that the electorate is insufficiently trustworthy to make decisions of national importance. If, Snow suggested, people had been allowed to vote down the peace-making Good Friday Agreement, then Ireland would still be aflame.
The problem? The agreement *was* put to a popular vote, twice, and passed, twice.
71% of voters in Northern Ireland approved the deal, while 94% of those in the Republic of Ireland did. Indeed, Snow should remember this given that he covered it:
You could almost argue this proves the populace *should* be trusted to decide its own destiny.
Commentators were quick to pounce on his ignorance:
@jonsnowC4 It was. Two, in fact – one in NI and another in the Republic.
— Tom Harris (@MrTCHarris) October 3, 2016
But, er, it was. https://t.co/YxYbW0sv5L
— Philip Cowley (@philipjcowley) October 3, 2016
@jonsnowC4 You realise the Good Friday Agreement was agreed via referendum, right?
— GDawg (@Dowling1981) October 3, 2016
He later deleted the tweet. Luckily Heat Street kept a copy.