Viewers of BBC Breakfast and GMB have criticized TV bosses today for their coverage of the UK fuel crisis.
People across the country rushed to fill their cars with gasoline over the weekend.
The frenzy began after reports began to emerge on Friday that a shortage of truck drivers would lead to disruptions in fuel availability.
Both the BBC and Good Morning Britain covered the news today (September 27), with BBC presenter Dan Walker insisting that the situation had become “critical” and blaming panic shoppers.
“We had problems with the shortage of heavy vehicles, but it was not a critical situation at the time,” he said.
Viewers rushed to social media to criticize the coverage and the suggestion that it was the public’s fault.
“There were no widespread garage issues until their report last week. Report responsibly. #BBCBreakfast ”said an angry onlooker.
A second viewer ranted: “#BBCBreakfast but there would be no panic buying if the media, including the BBC, did not report these alarming stories.”
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Good to see #BBCDBreakfast keep piling up gas panic
– mrparker666 (@ mrparker666) September 27, 2021
@BBCDBreakfast STOP reporting a fuel crisis. The crisis has been created by you, the media!
– TankCommander (@ TankCommander1) September 27, 2021
Blaming Covid for the fuel crisis.
Short-term crisis boils down to media scaremongering causing panic buying #gmb
– Lauren (@ laurengrant981) September 27, 2021
“Already this morning we have seen panic buying.”
– Good morning Great Britain (@GMB) September 24, 2021
#gmb ‘Is Brexit to blame for fuel shortages?’ no, I would say that the media is to blame.
– Ria ? (@ u4ria1978) September 27, 2021
“We should fine the media for alarming and creating a fuel scarcity today #shortage #BBCDBreakfast #GMB ”, insisted a third fan.
A fourth hit back: This time last week there was a shortage of heavy vehicle drivers, but many fuel. Today there is still a shortage of drivers and no fuel. Blame the media directly #GMB “.
Meanwhile, a fifth angry viewer added: “Good morning it’s Monday here we go again. I can’t help but yell at the TV and #GMB It’s the media’s fault for the fuel crisis so of course people are going to panic buying. “
Meanwhile, Susanna Reid and Alastair Campbell criticized the UK government for not accepting an invitation to appear on GMB today.
“You would think in a time of crisis that communications are absolutely key,” Susanna said.
“However, we can confirm that we do not have a minister from Her Majesty’s government on the program this morning, despite the fact that there is now a gasoline shortage on the esplanades.”
“And the military may be called in to help drive our trucks for gas,” Alastair added.
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