Which does the BBC believe? Conspiracy theorists or its own reporters?

A reader writes: As of 00:21 UTC this story is linked on the BBC’s front foreign web page: “End of an era: Debate still rages over the toppling of Saddam’s statue” To his credit, Mr. Wood includes his firsthand recollection that the crowd at the Saddam statue (which some have claimed was faked) was in the several hundreds. To his shame, he mentions that wide shot of the square as … Continue reading

Anthony Cox

isn’t so happy. He recounts one of those little gems of newsreader wit that the BBC fondly imagines make the newsreaders more lovable. The post below about the three headed toad is also interesting. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

So, you wanna have your say?

If you are like Lawrence, the bloke who ventures to utter a valid criticism at BBC news coverage, be warned. The drones in the ‘editing’ cubicles are just waiting to ‘balance’ it for you. They’ve got their Jack Thomases at the ready. The media give undue prominence to such actions. And because of that the militants and terrorists take the actions to exploit the media coverage. Would they be doing … Continue reading

The moor has done his duty, the moor may go

: Natalie Solent has already posted below about the BBC’s characterisation of one of its old-time greats, the late Alistair Cooke, as having ‘particular dislike of the shallow flag-waving of the Reagan presidency’. Let me add my testimony. For several years, from the very end of the seventies though the early eighties, my Sunday schedule let me hear Cooke’s ‘Letter from America’ week after week. Unlike the obituarist, so cocksure … Continue reading

The Daily Ablution

asks whether old B-BBC fave Michael Rosen (“the real world isn’t that simple unless you’re George Bush”) and Marie-Noelle Lamy of the Open University are playing out of their league in sneering at Pres. Bush academically. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

You know

how the Radio 4 news starts with a summary and then goes on to cover the same stories in more detail? Well, in today’s 1 o’clock news the summary said that a fax had been sent to a newspaper by the Abu Nayaf al-Afghani group saying that Spain would suffer more terrorism if it did not withdraw its troops from Iraq. Just Iraq. I thought it sounded odd, given the … Continue reading

Alistair Cooke

died the other day, aged 95 and just weeks after broadcasting his final Letter from America. This page contains well-merited tributes to him and excerpts and transcripts from the longest-running speech radio programme in history. I remember listening to his distinctive, gravelly voice literally as a child at my father’s knee. I liked his voice. After a while it dawned on me that I liked and was learning from what … Continue reading

Brian Micklethwait

Brian Micklethwait, desperate for hits over at little-known blog venue Samizdata, pleads for a link to an outrageous piece of mischief-making by the Radio Times, the BBC’s literary mouthpiece. Happy to oblige, guys. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.


is one of several blogs who have mentioned that Israeli minister Natan Sharansky sent a furious letter to the BBC over Orla Guerin’s coverage of the child suicide bomber who changed his mind. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

Mexican criminals or victims?

You might be tempted to think that the 52 Mexicans sitting on death row are victims according to this BBC article headed– ‘US blamed over death row Mexicans’ If the BBC wanted to inform rather than inflame, some background on the gruesome crimes which precipitated the death sentences would provide perspective. This you can get from Power Line. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

All this week

I have only intermittent access to a computer. So here’s some quick links without my usual waffle – nice people will refrain from writing in and saying it’s an improvement. Go see new blog The Ultra Moderate. Check out the cool statement of belief top right. The Daily Ablution hangs John Humphrys out to dry. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

Enjoying Condi’s pain.

What a wonderful so-called picture of Condoleeza Rice in this so-called ‘White House U-turn on 9/11 inquiry’ story. As Andrew Sullivan notes, inquiries are not always so much fun when journalists are in the hotseat. Senior BBC staff are threatening to take some flagship programmes off the air rather than face criticisms from an internal inquiry launched in the aftermath of Hutton. A remarkable series of internal battles, which has … Continue reading