29th June, 2010
Update: Chicago Marriott has cancelled the Hizb ut-Tahrir event of 11th July, as mentioned here.
Oliver Kamm as well as John Rentoul had a go at the DOCTORS. Not Dr Who, this time. The Daily Maul’s doctors who are determined to diagnose all that killed Kelly and, given enough of their nasty medicine, will eventually do the same for Blair.
Carefully prescribed medication doled out by both of these fine writers re the Maul’s “damning new evidence”.
And who are the Doctors? Less than a year ago there were 13. Now, according to THE MAUL, the “group” seems to have shrunk to 5.
“They are radiologist Stephen Frost, trauma surgeon David Halpin, vascular surgeon Martin Birnstingl, epidemiologist Andrew Rouse and internal medicine specialist Christopher Burns-Cox.”
Imho, these are Kamm’s & Rentoul’s best bits –
‘There’s a further issue here, which is about the newspaper industry itself. When a writer such as the Telegraph‘s religious affairs editor, the Rev George Pitcher, ventilates opinions on “what should be the biggest story of the new century”, you know he’s a credulous buffoon with no self-respect. But when the Mail presents these nonsensical calumnies as some sort of journalistic investigation, there are professional ethics to consider. The Editors’ Code of Practice states that the press “must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information” and “whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact”. In my opinion, these requirements ought to mean something.’
And from Rentoul:
‘Still, the article serves one purpose, which is to mention Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat transport minister and chief Kelly conspiracy theorist, to remind us that he is not fit to be a Member of Parliament, let alone a member of the Government.’
Tags: Andrew Rouse, Christopher Burns-Cox, Daily Mail, daily maul, David Halpin, David Kelly, Dr Who, Editors' code of practice, John Rentoul, Martin Birnstingl, Norman Baker, Oliver Kamm, Stephen Frost, Tony Blair