James Wright has written a piece in “The Canary” titled :
“BBC Journalist comes clean, says “trust nothing you read or watch”
That’s interesting, isn’t it? I must remember that and take that very good advice. Trust nothing. (Don’t forget.)
Wright has cherry-picked some rather eye-catching quotes from journalist John Darvall’s blog and used them, if I may quote John Darvall (more of which later) as an ‘in line’ to his own critical comments about the BBC.
However, the bulk of Wright’s piece does not concern John Darvall’s case at all, it’s a critique of the BBC based entirely on that flawed Cardiff University analysis that Craig tore to bits here on ITBBCB
Wright’s assertion is that the BBC is pro business, predominately right-wing, and the government’s mouthpiece.
Below the article is an ad for a book called “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Noam Chomsky and Edward S Herman.
The original piece to which James Wright tied his ‘Canary’ article is by journalist John Darvall. It’s about how the BBC badly cocked up after a car crash in which his daughter Polly was tragically killed.
“I am ashamed to call myself a journalist” says John Darvall. You can read it here.
I don’t know what John Darvall would make of James Wright's impudence - taking some of the more sensational quotes from his article and using them to front his own agenda-driven piece, but it looks to me like James Wright is piling insult upon insult upon injury.
“Newspapers have contacted me and provided appallingly written articles, which I have had to change, ‘polish’ or make actual sense of. Other papers have published articles using my personal relationship as ‘the in line’, when this is NOT the story but, at best, just a very small part of the story. This has hurt many who are in the throes of grief.”
To me that seems to be precisely what has been done to him again. It’s not even a small part of the story Wright is telling. It’s more of a hijack.