Journalists have failed to inform the public in an impartial and unbiased manner in many instances before. News corporations will not bite the hand that feeds, which is why we - the docile consuming public - are never informed that the real cause of global warming and climatic change are corporations. Corporations spend budgets larger than the GDP of many developing world countries trying to brainwash us - docile, consuming - viewers to buy and to consume. News corporations have a vested interest in advertising revenue and so won't bite the hand that feeds. That is already a conspiracy. Look at any article hosted by the fabulous MediaLens group ( http://www.medialens.org
) and sign up for their email alerts. Now they do journalism, as do a number of the non-mainstream (i.e. non-corporate) outlets, and you will quickly see just how much of a symbiotic relationship news corporations and production/consumption corporations share. Both are parasitic however, and we, the - docile and consuming - viewing public are that parasite's host. Time to take the tick off our blood supply and break out of the hypnosis they have successfully lulled us into.
Perhaps this footage will be that leverage, maybe now people will wake from their stupor and realise that the news, as the corporate spokesperson for the government interests, is merely yet another tool of propaganda designed to make us stupid.
For the BBC Head of News to post a blog like the above offering by Mr Porter is really taking the p*ss. I don't like being the butt of Mr Porter's attempt at levity: Many decent people died that day and given that 911 was the pre-text to launch what was probably a pre-ordained attack plan against Iraq, many people have died and are still being killed as a direct consequence of 911. More specifically, they are dying as a direct result of what the governments of the UK and USA try to convince us happened.
And the news media are merely regurgitating uncritically the official narrative. Doesn't that make the BBC and its corporate cohorts at the least ethically responsible for allowing the Iraqi genocide to take place and for continuing. Isn't that a violation of the threadbare ethical percepts taught at journalism school? The BBC and its cohorts have failed humanity by simply regurgitating the official line, never calling it into account. And then the BBC's "documentary" on the "conspiracy" theories about 911 is just about the cherry on the top of this massive and unrelenting insult that masquerades as "news".
Two things should happen here:
1. Ofcom needs to be retained to look into this news broadcast for truth and impartiality and/or an independent investigation by a regulatory body needs to be convened - and have teeth (for a change)
2. An FOI request needs to be sent to request public disclosure of the sources of that feed (where did the teleprompt writers get their leads from?), the broadcast footage itself including the period after the feed was pulled/dropped; along with all email correspondence for the whole of the day of 911 and for two weeks later received by senior corporate executives, news writers, news readers, control room operators, and teleprompters.
3. The BBC should, under threat of having its license revoked and the public TV license fee cancelled UNLESS the BBC can offer a satisfactory account for this debacle.