Saturday, December 02, 2006
So, who gets decide what is rational? redux
The production team of BBC's flagship news programme 'Newsnight' has recently launched a series of web-based initiatives to make their show more interactive.
Presumably this is in response to viewer numbers tanking because not many people want to stay up that late on a weeknight just to watch a bunch of public schoolboys regurgitate government and security service bullcrap.
One of the new initiatives is a regular, chatty email written by the presenters and production team sent to anyone who can be bothered to subscribe. They sometimes include jokes.
I am a subscriber.
And the most surprising thing I've read for a long time plopped into my inbox earlier on this evening.
It came from Newsnight's editor Peter Barron
The full (copyrighted) text is up on the web here but I think I'm allowed to reproduce a couple of chunks on the basis of fair comment...
Last night an amateur film-maker spoke to me about his belief that there's been a huge cover-up in the official reporting of both 9/11 and 7/7. Why, he asked, doesn't the BBC report the many discrepancies and oddities surrounding the accounts of these hugely significant events?
The reason we haven't gone deeper is that there's surely no rational explanation for the attacks other than that they were carried out by two groups of Islamist terrorists, however puzzling some of apparent inconsistencies.
I appreciate that the BBC can hardly go chasing after and reporting on every 'Green-Biro Special' that comes through its letterbox but to come out and say that it won't report certain stories because...
there's surely no (other) rational explanation for the attacks ... however puzzling some of apparent inconsistencies
For feck's sake.
FWIW here's the comment I just posted on the Newsnight webpage...
Ten minutes spent reading up on the bombing of Bologna train station in 1980 and the activities of Propaganda Due in Italy in the 1970s and 1980s will yield a well-documented example of a terrorist conspiracy executed by elements within a Western government against its own people.
These things happen.
And thorough investigation of ‘discrepancies and oddities’ is arguably the only way they will be uncovered - if and when they have occurred.
On the specific issue of 7/7
It took the efforts of an ordinary citizen to finally extract an admission from John Reid that a key time in the 7/7 Timeline, as given in the ‘Official 7/7 Narrative’, was incorrect -
The most active July 7th ‘Truth’ group that I am aware of has its homepage here…
And a 30 minute video that attempts to communicate key ‘discrepancies and oddities’ from 7/7 can be found here…
There are some people, people without access to the resources of an organisation like the BBC, who are trying their best to get clear answers to the ‘discrepancies and oddities’ of 7/7. They are not advancing alternative accounts of 7/7 but simply asking questions. Isn’t that what our journalists are supposed to be doing?
My comment is awaiting moderation. There's also a sporting chance that it has sent some automated scanning algorithm, operating in a basement just down the road from me in Vauxhall, totally berko...
Anyway, it's late. I've had a couple of drinks. So I'll leave it at that. For now.
I MEAN really!!! For FECK's sake...