:: Friday, 30 January 2004 ::
Gilligan, Dyke, Davies. Everything you need to know.
And a top post from Oliver Kamm with top comments.
What does the wog think?
Gilligan sexed up the news, deliberately inflating the material he got from Kelly to suit his (Gilligan's) own anti-Blair/Iraq bias to charge the govt with lying and exaggerating pre-war intelligence, and Gavin Davies and Greg Dyke and Richard Sambrook (when will he go?), none of them checked Gilligan because they shared his views and when challenged by Blair they still didn't check but just went on to the whiny offensive about 'independence' instead of just sorting out Gilligan's bullshit and the Kelly suicided and then the Beeb started to realise how far in the shit Gilligan had put them with his sloppiness.
Gilligan and the Beeb fucked up royally. Gilligan tried to influence the initial hearings by sending emails to the questioners. Sambrook tried to bully Susan Watts into corroborating Gilligan's rubbish and she wouldn't roll over. And Davies and Dyke persisted in their philosophy that they should not be interrogated or challenged by government even for humongous lies like that told by Gilligan.
There was no sexing up. There was an intelligence service that supported the material. Gilligan is such a cynic, as are Sambrook and Davies and Dyke and all their compatriots currently on strike (lord, help us) he cannot imagine that maybe there was good faith and reasonable reliance in intelligence material.
He cannot imagine it.
Alistair Campbell (who did resign ages ago on the government side) said something like, if folks knew about the workings of government they'd be pleasantly surprised and if they knew about the workings of the media they'd be appalled.
He's got that right.
Plus he looks like a really good lay.
:: WB 7:10 pm [link+] ::