More blood on their hands

More blood on their hands
: The Guardian reports that the BBC could have prevented the outing of Kelly as its source but refused:

BBC bosses blocked a compromise which might have prevented the suicide of David Kelly, the weapons expert confirmed by the corporation yesterday as its source for the story of the “sexed-up’ dossier.

The Guardian can reveal that the BBC chairman, Gavyn Davies, and the director general, Greg Dyke, were made an offer in the days before Dr Kelly was identified, but turned it down because they were determined to give no ground in their battle with Alastair Campbell, director of communications at No 10.

So, once again, blame the Beeb, not Blair.

And, by the way, it was the BBC that was morally bound not to reveal its source, Kelly. The government had no such obligation; he wasn’t their source and, in fact, he was violating rules talking to the press. That’s the risk you take. And the release of his name by the government is an issue only because he committed suicide; that is something they could not be expected to have predicted. Kelly was a grown-up; he chose to talk to Gilligan.

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    Is President Bush doing a good job?

  • Nicky

    Sorry, but maybe you can explain to me why a source’s name should be subject to compromise and offers in the first place?? Who made this “offer” to the Beeb? and Why? How can we criticise the BBC for refusing to play the game in the first place? I can’t think of one news organisation that would have behaved differently. And by the way, Campbell is an ex journalist, he knew better.

  • Anthony

    Just about any other news service, apart from perhaps Al-Jazeera, would not have run the story in the first place.

  • balbulican

    Ya gotta love the Right.
    The fundamental issue is that Blair sold America’s invasion to a dubious nation using (let’s be charitable) erroneous information (not unlike what happened in the US, but that’s a different thread). No-one is even disputing that anymore. But there HAS to be a spin that puts the opponents of the invasion/occupation in the wrong somehow, somewhere…