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All the evidence that is emerging from Monbiot, La Bercow (place the emphasis where you like!), the BBC itself, is serving to confirm what many people thought in the first place and what Tebbitt has stated in his blog, namely that the pack set off like Pavlov's dogs after the one target that they would have found irresistible and like crack cocaine would have made them lose all control of their brains — a combination of peer+senior Tory+Thatcher.
Other twits followed on from there.
Has it not occurred to any of them that it is more than 20 years since Thatcher was in active politics? They really are as obsessed as the Irish are with the Battle of the Boyne! And with about as much relevance.
Not really ideal in a public service broadcaster whose charter requires it to be even-handed.

Nov 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Boaden gone...

Nov 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

The story continues to unfold:

"Sally Bercow and other Twitter users who named Lord McAlpine after the Newsnight report wrongly implicated him in child abuse could face costly legal action.
The Speaker's wife and Guardian columnist George Monbiot have both apologised for feeding the internet frenzy."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231288/Sally-Bercow-tried-Lord-McAlpine-man-falsely-accused-botched-Newsnight-investigation.html

Nov 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Christopher

matthu,

After that we got a compulsory course for all 17,000 editorial staff on ‘Safeguarding Trust’ — I was threatened with the sack if I didn’t attend.

17,000? I think therein lies much of the problem...

Nov 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

Listen to Peter Sissons:

In 2001, when I was presenting the Ten O’Clock News, I had to read out the longest on-air apology that BBC News has ever made. It was for a special report alleging that an international diamond firm, Oryx Natural Resources, was channelling money to the world’s most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden.

The key ‘evidence’ was that a leading shareholder in Oryx was in jail for his part in the 1998 bombings of the American Embassies in Africa.

The report named the guilty man as Mohammed Khalfan and claimed he was same individual as a respected Omani businessman, and Oryx shareholder, Kamal Khalfan. Except that he wasn’t.

The BBC gave Oryx no opportunity to comment before transmission, and it took them three weeks for them to apologise. It was a failure of elementary journalism.

Did anyone lose his job? No. High up in the BBC, some took the view that firing people was one more admission of guilt the Corporation didn’t have to make.

So the then editor of the Ten O’Clock News was moved sideways, and the reporter on the Oryx story is now the Science Editor of the BBC, famous for his doleful and selective predictions about global warming.

Nov 12, 2012 at 6:55 AM | Registered Commentermatthu

Johnny Ball, legend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfnlJ6j02mw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Nov 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterJaceF

Thank you Ruth Dixon

Depressing.

Nov 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

George Monbiot appears to be at it again:

"George Monbiot, a Guardian columnist who often castigates others for their failure to check stories properly, was one of those who used Twitter to bring Lord McAlpine’s name into the open – an action the journalist has since admitted was stupid."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9668780/The-BBC-deals-a-blow-to-investigative-journalism.html

Nov 11, 2012 at 10:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Christopher

Readers may be interested in my new blog post: "How will we meet the Climate Change Act emissions targets? MPs respond to their constituents."

http://mygardenpond.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/how-will-we-meet-emissions-targets

This is based on responses from 49 MPs to the questions ‘How will we cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050?’, ‘Will it destroy our economy?’ and ‘Why should the UK meet such stringent targets if the UK is responsible for less than 2% of global emissions?’.

In his column in the Sunday Telegraph in April 2012, Christopher Booker asked his readers to ask their MP those questions (paraphrased above) and to send him the replies. He reported on the results on 23 June and 21 July. I wrote via the Sunday Telegraph to ask if I could analyse the replies more quantitatively. Christopher Booker kindly agreed and I now report the results of this analysis on my blog.

Ruth Dixon (formerly posting as DR)

Nov 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM | Registered CommenterRuth Dixon

Another of Bookers pieces worth noting!
http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=83324

Nov 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

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