Readers of this blog will not be surprised to find that the tragedy of British scientist David Kelly's death may well be linked to the corrupt journalism of the BBC. It was clear to anyone with eyes and ears that at some point in this past year, the BBC decided to launch a propaganda campaign against the war against Saddam and to tarnish, if not bring down, the premiership of Tony Blair. When news organizations turn into political parties - as we saw with Howell Raines' New York Times - it's only a matter of time before they over-reach. May 29 was such a moment.
Andrew Sullivan outlining the indictment against the BBC. I think the key point is that the BBC has ceased to be a media outlet and has become a political party. Not unlike NPR or our major universities. The Left, of course, believes all things are political and therefore this is no big deal. Those of us who believe objective truth is, in fact, a real possiblity take a slightly different view - that the politicization of institutions meant to be dedicated to neutrality and integrity is nothing less than an existential danger to democracy itself. Let us hope that the BBC is now on its way to becoming what it has always claimed to be: a news organization.