Monday, February 27, 2006

BBC cracks the case

So just how long do you suppose the BBC has been working on breaking this story?
US President George W Bush was waving to police when he fell off his bike at the G8 summit in Scotland last July, newly published police papers reveal.
This has been under wraps since last July, and has only now been "revealed"? It seems Bush's penchant for secrecy knows no bounds.

You just can't put a price on the service provided by the Beeb.


Blogger Jack Bauer said...





1:45 AM  
Anonymous Paul reynolds said...

Lighten up Scott!

This story was "broken" by the Scotsman..

A classic example..take something everyone has reported but blame only the BBC!

Paul Reynolds
World Affairs correspondent
BBC Online

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jack Bauer said...

Lighten up Paul...

So the BBC falls in line with the Dead Old Media (DOM) in breaking non-stories that involve President Bush. What's that prove?

9:45 AM  
Blogger Scott Callahan said...


First, I think my post was, in fact, light-hearted, albeit sarcastic. As you of all people should know, my heavy posts tend to carry on for more than one or two lines.

Second, the last I checked, it was the BBC, not The Scotsman, that claimed to be providing a service so essential to the nation that the populace must be coerced into paying for it. The BBC will never be able to sensibly avail itself of the "everybody does it" defense unless and until it relinquishes its claim to being, well, unlike everbody else.


9:56 AM  
Blogger Scott Callahan said...


BTW, why doesn't the BBC credit other media outlets when it copies their stories?


10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The summit was in Scotland, it is understandable for the the Scotsman to publish the story. But I have seen it nowhere else. Why do we need such a sprawling BBC news site anyway , publishing trivia like this ?

On the story itself, Bush comes across as a decent bloke. The Beeboids may laugh at him, but many of us will contrast his friendliness to the guards to Kerry's nasty remarks about the secret service guy on the ski slopes.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Paul Reynolds is popping in again - maybe he could explain why the BBC has failed to splash the story that its own monitoring service discovered of George Galloway saying that the Danish cartoons are worse than 9/11 and the London bombings ? How dare the BBC keep that story under wraps.

And Imran Khan says that the cartoons are worse than the Holocaust :

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Today prog gave space to David Irving this morning to spout his evil nonsense.

But they are too cowardly to publish even a single one of the innocuous Danish cartoons. Dhimmis, and hypocrites.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Mr Reynolds should also have a look at Matt Frei's piece on the BBC website about Mayor Nagin and the coming election in NO. Frei says that "some people criticised Nagin"....and fails to state categotically that Nagin was solely responsible for the failure to evacuate. Shillyshallying by Frei again, but I suppose it is better than his original description of Nagin as the hero of NO.

Frei also fails to mention that a popular T-shirt for the Mardi gras this week says "I am gonna drink till Nagin gets some sense" or words to that effect.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Grumpy Troll said...

Paul Reynolds, I thought that BBC News tried "to avoid running items simply because they have already been covered widely elsewhere."

7:47 PM  
Blogger Simon Lazarus said...

I heard tonight - from the BBC no less - that George VI, King of England, has died, and his daughter Elizabeth is due to succeed him as Queen Elizabeth II.

Next thing, man will land on the moon! Amazing!

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Hispanic Guy said...

My initial thought when reading the story is that it portrayed Bush as a decent human being thanking the cops like that... No doubt the o so superior Guardian and BBC news readers will have a giggle at Bush's expense. But in the end Bush is the leader of the free world, the people giggling are largely frustrated little hippies.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, we miss talking about Clinton's haircuts; now THAT was important.

6:08 PM  

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