BBC political editor's praise for
The following quote, from BBC political
editor Andrew Marr (BBC1 Ten O'Clock news, 9/4/2003)
on the official "ending" of the Iraq war (when the
statue of Saddam toppled) is a perfect example of what we
mean by "media horseshit". Marr is no doubt sincere,
but his report consists almost entirely of personal opinions,
speculations and abstractions. The only verifiable "facts"
(see bold-highlighted section) could have been emphatically
refuted as easily in 2003 as they can be today.
[We also comment on this quote in our
page on "stupidising"]
"[At Downing Street] the main mood is
of unbridled relief
it draws a line under what, before
the war, had been a period of well, a faint air of
pointlessness, almost, was hanging over Downing Street. There
were all these slightly tawdry arguments and scandals. That
is now history.
"Mr Blair is well aware that all his
critics out there in the party and beyond aren't going to
thank him (because they're only human) for being right when
they've been wrong. And he knows that there might be trouble
ahead, as I said. But I think this is very, very important
for him. It gives him a new freedom and a new self-confidence.
"He confronted many critics. I
don't think anybody, after this, is going to be able to say
of Tony Blair that he's somebody who is driven by the drift
of public opinion or focus groups or opinion polls. He took
all of those on. He said that they would be able to take
Baghdad without a bloodbath, and that in the end the Iraqis
would be celebrating. And on both of those points he has been
proved conclusively right. And it would be entirely ungracious,
even for his critics, not to acknowledge that tonight he stands
as a larger man and a stronger prime minister as a result."
(Andrew Marr, BBC1, April 9, 2003
our bold emphasis)