FOLLOWING Henry Getley’s searing TCW indictment of disgraceful attacks on Winston Churchill by the BBC and the Times group newspapers, we sought your verdict.
We referred to the biased, partial and unbalanced reporting that was the basis of the BBC’s calumny and to the eagerness of the Times and Sunday Times to denigrate Churchill, despite the absence of evidence and an apparently deliberate ignoring of context.
Whether our arguments won you over, or whether you needed no convincing, we do not know. But your response was emphatic – 92.6 per cent of you agreed, yes, it was time to call a halt to this slurring of the towering historical titan whose courage and resolve saved us from the nightmare of the Nazis.
The Times as a newspaper is, of course, free to voice whatever opinions it wants. But if Rebekah Brooks, CEO of its parent company News UK, thinks that turning it into a ‘woke’ campaigning ‘anti-racism’ outfit will boost its readership, she is sorely mistaken.
As for the BBC, the day is long past when the corporation could be viewed as an impartial purveyor of news. But if the Government cannot see how our national broadcaster daily breaches its charter obligation of impartiality – and feels no need to demonstrate fairness and accuracy – then it must be blind.
Ministers should be very worried as the BBC works up its campaign of discontent and division. Like Craig Byers in this disturbing dispatch on the News-watch website, we fear it is going to get much worse before it gets better.