Comment at end
15th January, 2010
SPITTING BLOOD AFTER ‘QUESTION ANSWER TIME’
If you felt that the attack on Peter Hain aka BBC’s “Question Time” last night, 14th January 2010, was a DISGRACE, write to the BBC here to complain.
On the Iraq war debate and the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry it was a distortion of the facts from both panel members and audience. All of these inaccuracies of fact went unchallenged and uncorrected by the chairman, David Dimbleby.
This part of the programme, on this highly contentious and topical matter, completely failed to portray anything approaching balance. Balance is something I do not necessarily expect from the printed press and to which they are not signed up. But from the BBC there is a regulatory duty to balance political views in such current affairs items/programmes.
DIMBLEBY SHOULD BE SACKED
You might respond that it is up to the panelists to provide the balance and not the chairman. But Dimbleby often corrects the audience’s misconceptions. Apart from that, the pro-Iraq war decision panelist was outnumbered 3/1. The audience were ALL, if speakers and applause were indicative, as unfamiliar with the real facts as the general public, given the sources of their information – the written press and its known bias against both the war and Tony Blair. But from the BBC we SHOULD expect and demand better.
This particular item was a blatant disregard for that responsibility to licence-payers. Perhaps beyond anything else I have had the misfortune to have watched on the BBC in recent times it was BBC BIAS UNBOUND.
And here the BBC shows a 3 minute clip from the programme, with this headline –
Cabinet were Iraq war ‘dupes’ says Kelvin MacKenzie”
How the hell does HE know the Cabinet were “dupes”? Was he a fly on the wall?
The audience swallowed his assertions willingly, and those too of Conservative Ken Clarke and Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne. In the past Chris Huhne, by the way, actually described Tony Blair as a “war criminal”. He should have been up in court for libel for this. But our ‘great dictator’ Blair let it pass, as he has with all the other lies regurgitated as fact daily by such as the Daily MAUL.
MacKenzie, who went on last night about “one man’s obsession with removing Saddam” will NO DOUBT be pleased to hear this.
CAMERON RUNNING SCARED OF LEADERSHIP
As he pledged to restore trust to foreign policy – “Mr Cameron said that if he was prime minister, he alone would decide whether intelligence assessments should be published.”
Two points: Firstly, as opposed to whom, exactly? Is this meant to be a populist reference to Blair’s government’s Iraq war decision? If so, it again makes populist assumptions. And secondly, “”HE ALONE”? This begs the question : what else will “HE ALONE” decide?
CAMPBELL – BELOVED BY DACRE?
Alastair Campbell has some fun and games today at his blog. It has been suggested to Campbell that the atrocious – sorry THAT word again – Paul Dacre from the Daily MAUL is in love with Campbell. A recommended read. I commented there. Just in case Alastair doesn’t print it – with his eye on the future for Labour I don’t think he likes my alias, ‘BlairSupporter’ reminding people of the Lost Leader, I’ll paste my comment here:
The Daily Maul and the Daily Mauler?
Not that those of us who think you and TB were all right sort of guys would EVER suggest that the Daily MAUL mauls in THAT particular way as well, now would we? Could we?
Great post, Alastair. Laughed out loud in places. You haven’t lost the magic touch. But don’t let Dacre know. Like most things he will interpret that wrongly.
Btw, as an aside – they needed you on Question Time last night. Does ANYONE ever remind ministers and MPs of the historical facts over the Iraq vote? Peter Hain was hammered relentlessly with LIES, by ignorant idiots like Huhne, Mackenzie and to be frank Ken Clarke. The chairman, David Dimbleby was a biased disgrace. He has often interfered to correct mis-stated information. Why not this time?
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