Mr Glen gave a 20-minute interview on the subject but by the time it was broadcast, he says, it had been edited to two 30-second soundbites giving the impression he blamed people for making poor decision about how they spend their money.... He has protested to the news bulletin’s director.I have asked Channel 4 News for a comment - not that I'm hopeful of getting a response.
I would point out though, that 'I was misquoted/misrepresented/stitched up/taken out of context' is the first line of defence of anyone caught saying something that they would rather keep out of the public ear.
Blogger Raymond Soltysek asked the man himself for comment and received the following reply, which I reproduce in part.
Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a compassionate person, who is deeply committed to helping people. That 30-second excerpt of my 20 minute conversation with the reporter, in no way reflects my full views.
I agreed to take part in the interview, believing it to be a piece about the Trussell Trust food bank, a Christian charity founded in Salisbury, for which I have the greatest admiration and with whom I have recently undertaken a day’s volunteering.
I wanted to support the Trussell Trust by taking what I thought was a golden opportunity to go to their HQ and publicly praise their work in the most challenging and deprived area in Salisbury, where I know from personal experience that many people’s lives have disintegrated into utter chaos – for any number of reasons.
The wider context of the piece was not made clear to me and I really regret the fact that the way the piece was edited made it appear as though I was casting aspersions on the household management skills of the three people who were interviewed separately – something I would never dream of doing, nor did I know who they were or their personal circumstances.
Of course poverty exists in leafy Salisbury and the circumstances of the interviewees – illness, rent arrears and the expenses associated with a new baby – illustrated exactly why the kind of short-term crisis support offered by the food bank is so valuable.
So, was he misquoted or just caught out?