Kipling talked of the “the truthful well-weighed answer that tells the blacker lie”.
The BBC are the masters of deploying the truth to hide the truth.
Whenever the BBC reports something verbatim without further explanation or background colour and context you know they are trying to sweep something nasty under the carpet.
Labour’s little spot of trouble with their Union sponsors, Unite, hasn’t really kept any BBC journo awake at night thinking how he can tie all these loose but fascinating ends together.
The BBC has stuck strictly to a limited set of facts without indulging in the usual speculation, analysis or voices off that reveal far more than we get from the main players.
They have also been extraordinarily slow in picking this story up….’slow’? Again do I mean ‘wilfully blind’?
It has been a major, major talking point on the Left’s own political blogs….all condemning Unite…and yet the BBC ignored it for a long time…..or ignored the significance of the story.
As CCE in the comments says:
Where is the massive BBC ‘political analysis’ machine – that costs 3.5bn PA to maintain when we need it?
This is a HUGE and damaging story about the unscrupulous nature of the Labour Party internal politics and will consequently get no “analysis” and fall off the BBC news agenda in 3 1/2 hours (max)
Here the BBC reports the resignation of Labour’s Tom Watson:
But the BBC fails to mention two very relevant points which the Scotsman (H/T CCE) brings to light:
Labour sources claimed that Mr Watson was told to resign by Mr Miliband who is under pressure to exert his authority on the party after it emerged that the Unite union is targeting 41 safe seats including the Falkirk selection.
You will be hard pushed to find mention of those other seats that Labour has taken control of which Unite has been targeting…and no mention of Miliband actually sacking Watson because of Unite’s actions and his association with that…….a significant move by Miliband if true…..his relationship with Unite being all important as his major backer as leader of the Labour Party.
The BBC seem to be downplaying this at the moment when the reality is that it is a story of great importance with a whole series of possibly devastating consequences for Labour…apart from damage to their reputation.
There looks like being a massive fall out with Unite, and maybe other Unions, and they of course bankroll Labour…..yet more encouragement to reform and curb Party funding by big donors….though that seems to be on the back burner for now.…and Watson was a Brownite so probably intellectually and politically aligned with Miliband’s own Old Labour politics….as Nick Robinson said:
Ed Miliband knew what he was getting when he hired him as Labour’s election coordinator. The Labour leader wanted Watson’s ruthlessness, organisational skill and campaigning zeal to help him reach Number 10.
So a loss of an important ally for Miliband.
Robinson finished that piece with this:
At the Downing Street barbeque tonight Tory MPs will be congratulating David Cameron for making the issue of Watson, Unite and Miliband’s leadership one which the public will now hear about.
Note that …‘the public will now hear about.’
Question might be why haven’t the ‘Public’ heard about this days ago, from the BBC, when it was already big news on the internet long before PMQs?
And of course beyond the little spot of trouble with the selection hijacking there is also the question of Unite’s control of the violent protest group Unite Against Fascism…chaired by Unite officer Steve Hart who has close ties to Miliband….not forgetting that one UAF officer is Labour MP Peter Hain….all connected to extremist Islamists via the UAF.
Something else for the future for BBC reporters to get their teeth into…once they’ve woken up.