(not satire – it’s the BBC)
While the BBC seems to be completely falling to pieces over the Newsnight debacle – staggering around from crisis to crisis shooting itself in both feet and just about every other part of its body – we need to really, really focus on the facts here.
The fact of the matter is it wasn’t the BBC that wrongly implicated Lord McAlpine in the child abuse scandal.
It was North Wales Police.
Abuse victim Steve Messham – and the widow of another victim – told Channel 4 News that they were shown a photo and wrongly given Lord McAlpine’s name by police when they were interviewed by them in the early 1990s.
Now I’m aware that the McAlpine family tree is fiendishly complicated but it’s an extraordinary mistake to make on the part of the police – which is why it’s even stranger that the harsh, critical light of opprobrium is being concentrated in the direction of the BBC (and on Steve Messham too) and not in the least bit on North Wales Police.
Obviously, I understand why Channel 4 don’t have any great motivation to take the heat off the BBC and Lord only knows there are a LOT of vested interests who are extremely happy to see the blame being put fairly and squarely at the feet of the BBC instead of the police – but it’s hard to understand why the BBC itself seems so keen to self-flagellate itself to within an inch of its own existence.
Any ideas why that might be?
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