Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:50 AM
I’ve been away for a few days but I am back to bring some balance to the debate.
Some on here still don’t get it. This is an absolute disgrace as the goings on at Newsnight are tainting forever the great name of the best broadcaster in the world.
It has been known that for years that BBC Current Affairs has been institutionally, endemically and genetically predisposed to the left. This has been admitted, demonstrated and proved beyond all reasonable doubt. Focussing more sharply, it is clear that Newsnight deliberately set out to falsely accuse McAlpine as part of their war on Thatcher.
The BBC apology is disingenuous to say the least. From the BBC website: In the Newsnight programme of 2 November, he also said a Conservative politician from the Thatcher era had abused him a number of times. Although not named by the programme, this led to incorrect speculation on the internet that the man in question was former Conservative Party treasurer Lord McAlpine.
Weasel words from the BBC, as the programmes implied who it was and pointed viewers to where the name was published. Editorial failing? Process failure? Not on your life. You can picture the glee on the faces of the Newsnight team responsible. “Publish and be damned - Gotcha, Thatcher!” And now it seems that the left’s placemen are all over the place – in the background in Leveson, The Centre (and Bureau) for Investigative Journalism, David Bell, the Media Standards Trust etc etc.
Do you think these people give a toss about people like Steve Messingham and the others who have been abused and have suffered so much? Do they hell. They must have thought they were in heaven when Steve Messingham came along. After having taken advantage of the poor guy they are now blaming him.
Even now, as the chickens come home to roost, they are manipulating and falsely representing things, with the Gaza situation proving the ideal opportunity for some pro Arab spin, Responding to the fact that they just broadcast a video of a Palestinian casualty that was a set-up for the cameras, The BBC said, “To the best of our knowledge the pictures do not show any kind of ‘staged’ event – and were run in good faith. The footage shown by BBC News was edited from a longer sequence provided by the Reuters news agency in which the man in question is shown being lifted from the ground. He is then given attention at the roadside, before appearing later having recovered. We ran a shorter edit of those pictures, and would point out that some re-uses of our output by others online have compressed the sequence further. Steps have been taken to ensure any re-broadcast reflects the full sequence so that it is absolutely clear to our audiences.”
Good faith? I expect they will be asking us to trust then mext! Have they not learned anything from the Newsnight manipulation? Gentlemen of BBC Current Affairs – you are killing the BBC.