The BBC know full well Alastair Crooke’s ‘pedigree’ and who holds the leash for this particular lapdog.
Just a couple of months ago BBC Watch commented on the BBC’s use of Crooke:
If readers are now beginning to suspect that the BBC simply saved itself a phone call to the Syrian Ministry of Propaganda by inviting Alastair Crooke to this programme, they might not be far wrong.
It looks though that the BBC just don’t care that Crooke is somewhat compromised as a commentator on events in the Middle East as he pops up again today on World at One (13:14:30) where we were told merely that he ‘fostered contact between Islamic political groups and the West’
The BBC knowingly led him onto the point they wanted to make….Israel, and Saudi Arabia are ‘providing the intelligence’ about these gas attacks…..and we are to infer…the intelligence is therefore highly dubious….because of its source.
Hmmm…well the ‘fact’ of the gas attack was not provided by the Israelis to the world…..and the UN are presently at work on the ground trying to establish what did happen, and by whom.
Crooke went on to tell us it definitely wasn’t the Syrian regime that used chemical weapons…because the Russians said so…oh, and Iran said, 100%, that it wasn’t Assad.
I’ll leave the last word to BBC Watch:
Providing Alastair Crooke with the opportunity to spout the spin of a terrorist organization and a murderous dictatorship to millions of listeners unchallenged is obviously bad enough. But when that is done without due disclosure of the political connections of the man and his very dubious organization, then the BBC is displaying wanton disregard for its own obligation to impartiality and once again putting its own political colours – and agenda – in full view.