Sunday, 27 February 2011

The BBC hiding Labour links to Saif Gaddafi

The BBC claim to report on 'Gaddafi's son Saif's ties to LSE and Britain' but being the BBC the links with Labour are downplayed. There is quite a lot about the links between Saif Gaddafi and the London School of Economics (LSE) but although the BBC report the words of Professor David Held two years ago: "I've come to know Saif as someone who looks to democracy, civil society and deep liberal values for the core of his inspiration.", oddly enough there is no mention of the close links between Professor David Held and Ed Miliband. Are the BBC unaware of these links or just trying to hide them from their viewers and readers? If they claim the former, then could I suggest they read my recent piece that explains the close links that they have not reported. I am more inclined to believe the latter explanation, especially as the BBC manage to mention Lord Desai in the piece without informing its readers that he has been active in the British Labour Party, becoming Chairman between 1986 and 1992 and was made a Labour life peer as Baron Desai in 1991. The BBC do manage to mention Peter Mandelson's past association with Saif Gaddafi but only near the end of the article and without using the words Labour Peer.

It seems that the BBC are actively hiding the links between the Libyan regime, in the person of Saif Gaddafi, and the Labour party's leader Ed Miliband. As I mused last week 'That's the BBC for you; facts are less important than ensuring the narrative is maintained and that Labour gets back into power as soon as possible. Is it possible to find anyone to support the BBC over this editorial decision?' I received no replies supportive of the BBC's editorial decision last week and I doubt that I will today.

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