Webb, wrong yet again
How has this announcement gone down in Washington?Webb responded:
Never mind Washington, look across the United States. All the polls suggest that Americans do not want people to be tortured in their name.This is a classic example of why the BBC in general, and Webb in particular, simply cannot be trusted to report the news factually. Just one day before Webb's report, an AP-Ipsos poll was released which showed that 61% of Americans supported the use of torture on at least "rare" occassions. Back in November, a Newsweek poll (scroll down) showed that 58% of those polled said they would support torture if it might lead to the prevention of a terrorist attack.
As I must say so often when it comes to Webb, he is either deliberately deceiving his audience, or he is plainly incompetent. The fact that the BBC continues to employ this man and allow him to pontificate on issues in America says a great deal about the BBC's institutional commitment, or rather lack thereof, to truth and accuracy.