BBC deal to "not criticise"
In a September 2004 Channel 4 documentary*, former BBC Chairman,
Gavyn Davies, described a "deal" he made with Tony
Blair (after the Hutton inquiry over Iraq and the death of
"we, the BBC, would not criticise
the government... and [Blair] wouldn't call for resignations
at the BBC".
Davies seemed to think this agreement to not criticise government
was perfectly normal and acceptable. He rationalised:
"I was happy with that ... I didn't
think we were a political party that should criticise the
As if it follows that one shouldn't broadcast critical
analysis if one isn't a political party. As if media organisations
without direct political affiliations should be "uncritical"
in all matters. As if the public consists entirely of morons
who will swallow such rubbish.
*Channel 4, 'Betrayed by New