John Pilger’s article for the New Statesman, exposes Blair’s attacks on the BBC, and Andrew Gilligan as Lies.. and total lies:
THE ATTACK ON THE BBC: THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS A LIE
During the war against Iraq, the BBC’s Today programme sent Andrew Gilligan to Baghdad. Gilligan’s reports were unlike anything the BBC had broadcast. They contradicted the official Anglo-American line about “liberation” and made clear that, for a great many Iraqis, the invasion and occupation were at least as bad as life under Saddam Hussein.
This was heresy, prompting Alastair Campbell to move Gilligan to the top of his list of “rants”, as Greg Dyke has described them. “Gullible Gilligan” was Campbell’s term of abuse, which meant that the reporter was on to something. Like his subsequent report that the government had “sexed up” its Iraq dossier, Gilligan’s conclusion was right, and has since been repeatedly proven right. There is no liberation in Iraq. There is a vicious colonial occupation. The government “sexed up” not one, but two dossiers. […]
Is the Blair – BBC episode heralding the end of truth in journalism?