Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Purely co-incidental

Yesterday the Guardian had a great scoop, exposing a government plan to use media outlets, volunteers, contacts and web users in a propaganda campaign against al-Quaida.

Today the BBC has had to deny - slightly unconvincingly - that a Radio 4 programme fitted the government's propaganda script very nicely indeed. Any similarity between what the government wants the BBC to say and what it says is purely co-incidental:
the BBC was quick to deny that the editorial content of the programme was influenced in any way by the Whitehall report or that it had been fed stories.
The BBC fed stories? Never!

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