Thursday, May 19, 2005

Britain - BBC Backs Galloway

I posted earlier about the BBC's version of events surrounding Galloway's failure to answer the questions put to him by the US Senate and the BBC's false claims.

Now comes more evidence of the BBC's support for Galloway.

Galloway, reported Wylie, was the "Braveheart" on Capitol Hill. Braveheart? Come off it. Even Gorgeous George’s most ardent supporters in Britain would shrink from romanticising him in this way. But not the gushing Wylie.

His presence in Washington begs two questions: why did BBC Scotland feel it needed to send its own man when (a) it is currently implementing drastic cost cuts and (b) the BBC’s Washington correspondent, Clive Myrie, was already there and more than up to the job?

Also, if BBC Scotland really, really had to send, why did it have to be Wylie, whose friendship with Galloway goes back years and who, as the Diary pointed out yesterday, received an acknowledgement in Galloway’s autobiography?

Wylie is not an expert on Iraq or on American politics. And in this case, he was clearly not impartial, and neither was BBC Scotland. Shame on them.

Galloway and Wylie are more than just friends, they even wrote a book together.

In fact, Galloway is in bed with a lot of the media.

His media savvy shouldn't really surprise me. He pens a weekly column for the Scottish Mail on Sunday and "two or three" of his five closest friends are journalists. He has spoken to Seumas Milne of the Guardian and John Boothman, editor of BBC Scotland's Holyrood Live, every day for 20 years or more. BBC news correspondent Bob Wylie is another close friend, as is Ron McKay, the man who commissioned Tony Benn's television interview with Saddam. They, not his fellow MPs, are his political sounding boards.

No, they are his mouthpiece. Now you know why the British media are licking Galloway's boots and failing to report the evidence against him. Shame on them all.

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