In response to Kathy Gyngell: Don’t just blame the BBC, Mr Humphrys, blame yourself,
No doubt his cathartic confession is carefully calculated to promote his book, whilst increasing his self-feeling of smug superiority. All this whilst having in fact worshipped at the very altar he now excoriates.
Colonel Mustard wrote:
This is a good, hard-hitting article and I hope Humphrys reads it. I also hope that those in the Conservative government responsible for their relationship with the BBC read it and understand the implications for them winning elections. They have been pretty stupid about that and the BBC so far.
‘ . . . suspect it’s a need at the end of his career to get himself on the side of the angels.’
Isn’t that what Tony Blair did when he converted to Catholicism the day after he left office? As if God could be deceived?
John Humphrys said nothing about the bias of the BBC while still working for them so perhaps he should reflect that: ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’. And in doing nothing, John Humphrys is certainly not alone.
Peter Turner wrote:
I suppose we can ‘look forward’ to the day that Gary Lineker hangs up his MOTD boots and tells us what a vile, dishonest, biased, totalitarian Liberal/Marxist/Communist/whatever-dominated cesspit the BBC is.
A bit harsh. Humphreys seems to have been sympathetic to the liberal left outlook, but had his reservations about its extreme and authoritarian modus operandi. His revelations hurt the BBC and its image of itself and are all the more difficult for it to dismiss because he was so thoroughly one of their own. Another useful exhibit in the case against the BBC.
We rarely have much faith for long in most politicians but what we feel about a journalist of Humphrys’s undoubted stature is a sense of betrayal. We may have disagreed with him but we trusted him. He was the rock. Now we discover that secretly, he agreed with us all along.
He’s damaged himself but worse than that, he’s damaged what illusions are left that there is still some honesty and integrity in public life.