Paxman Can’t Be Biased, Because Wossy Agrees With Him
Stan Rosenthal, who forced the BBC Trust to admit, three months after the event, that Jeremy Paxman was guilty of bias and in breach of the BBC Charter requirement of impartiality, has complained about his presenting of Newsnight last night.
Paxman opened an interview with Douglas Alexander, shadow foreign secretary (8′45″ in), by asking: “Are you proud when you see the pictures of Tony Blair embracing Col Gaddafi?” Nothing wrong with that, and Alexander is well able to look after himself. But the later repeated sneering reference to the man whom “the prime minister clasped to his bosom”, was plainly biased, as was the set-up of the interview, with Paxman backed in the studio by Huda Abuzeid, whose father, a Libyan dissident, was murdered in London.
Not that Rosenthal has much chance with this one. Paxman enjoys the safety of numbers.
It was unfair of me to single out Krishnan Guru-Murthy yesterday. The entire LBLM&C* is united and vocal in getting straight to the heart of the Libya crisis, as best expressed by Alec Macph at Harry’s Place:
The Reason Tony Blair Was a Duplicitous, Money-Grubbing Warlord When He Did Not Invade Libya, and Was a Duplicitous Money Grubbing Warlord When He Invaded Iraq; But, Most of All, the Reason Why I Am Right
No word yet from Guru-Murthy, Paxman, Jonathan Ross and all the rest on which alternative policy they wanted Blair to follow in respect of Libya: (a) sanctions, as applied to Iraq 1991-2003; or (b) military action.
Actually, what the LBLM&C seem to be saying is that they wanted the Third Way. Don’t sell Gaddafi any weapons; don’t let British or US companies develop his oil (Russian and Chinese ones should have been encouraged); and don’t worry about his sponsoring terrorism or making weapons of mass destruction because we all know that those are fairy stories.
If ever there were an illustration of the old adage about the role of the auditor, more recently adapted to that of the leader-writer, the recent conduct of the LBLM&C captures it perfectly:
A man who watches the battle from the safety of the hills and then comes down to bayonet the wounded.
*London-Based Liberal Media and Culturati.Tagged in: bbc bias, Libya, tony blair
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