The criticism of the BBC on this issue has come from all sides of the political spectrum, not least from Labour MPs who represent constituencies in which there may be young men susceptible to the message that Choudary is espousing.
Of course you thought Choudary was shown up as a total bigot, and so did I. But we are not the audience he is aiming at. John Humphreys' incessant interruptions and hectoring tone would persuade many of Choudary's followers that the world is against them, which is precisely the emotion that Choudary is seeking to cultivate.
Living in the same area as Choudary, I'd tend to agree. For a short time the local press treated him as a serious spokesperson on "Muslim issues" (for want of a better term), but they eventually clocked that he was a delusional windbag, and so stopped going to his "press conferences" and his local profile diminished.
He became little more than a local oddity, handing out leaflets on the market with a small band of equally delusional followers whom he would occassionaly motivate into criminal activity (a couple of them have just been sentenced to some time inside for various religiously-inspired assaults).
Having Chourdary interviewed on the BBC legitimises his views, and gives him an authority he does not warrant - it was a poor editorial call, and if the stories about Panorama are true also a very strange one.
It's not a question of coming down to earth, Mr Duxbury. Some of us, Mr Duxbury, belong in the stars.