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This post was published more than 15 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

The BBC made a mistake in broadcasting an inaccurate report, which was unfair to the government and eventually led to the death of Dr David Kelly. Consequently, the two most senior figures have resigned, and the BBC has been heavily criticised by Lord Hutton.

The Government made a mistake in interpreting intelligence material about Iraqi weapons, and huge numbers of Iraqi and British citizens were killed as a result – including Dr David Kelly, who publically spoke out about the infamous dossier. The two most senior figures are still occupying their posts, and the government has not been criticised by Hutton.

Fair?

Oh, and if you think the BBC’s bad, look at how Fox is reporting the story…Talk about hypocrisy, you really HAVE to see this…

The transcript:

My Word. Well, today the British Broadcasting Corporation was forced to pay up for its blatant anti-Americanism before and during the Iraq war – a frothing at the mouth anti-Americanism which was obsessive irrational and dishonest.

The BBC – the Beeb – was one of the worst offenders in the British press because it felt entitled to not only pillory America, Americans and George W Bush but felt entitled to lie and when caught lying felt entitled to defend its lying reporters and executives.

The incident involved the reporter Andrew Gilligan who made a fool of himself in Baghdad when the American invasion actually arrived in the Iraqi capital. Gilligan, pro-Iraqi and anti-American insisted on the air that the Iraqi military was heroically repulsing an incompetent American military. Video from our own Greg Kelly, of the American army moving through Baghdad at will put the lie to that.

After the war, back in London, Gilligan got a guy called David Kelly to tell him a few things about pre-war assessments about Iraqi weapons programmes and Gilligan exaggerated – lied – about what Kelly had told him.

Kelly committed suicide over the story and the BBC, far from blaming itself, insisted its reporter had the right to lie, exaggerate, because, well, the BBC knew the war was wrong and anything it could say to underscore that point had to be right. A British government investigation slammed the BBC today and a Beeb exec resigned today to show they got it – but they don’t. Next time you hear the BBC brag about how much superior the Brits are about delivering the news rather than Americans who wear flags in their lapels, remember it was the Beeb caught lying. My Word.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This 68th post was filed under: Media, News and Comment, Politics.

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