I enjoyed the Newsnight report on "Democracy in 2008"
(2/1/08), but I wondered if I was watching the same programme
which broadcast Greg Palast's reports on the undermining of
democracy in the 2000 and 2004 US elections, and of the "battle
between neo-cons and Big Oil" over certain countries with
oil fields (eg Newsnight, 26/10/04, 17/3/05).
I assume Newsnight stands by Palast's reports, and that the
implications of his investigations are understood? In which
case, I don't see how a special report on "Democracy in
2008" could fail to indicate the ways in which "democracy"
as sold by the US government at home and in the middle east
is, at best, criminally subverted and, at worst, a complete
sham, a lie.
All credit to Newsnight for broadcasting Palast's reports in
the first place, but what is the use if these are kept in a
separate compartment, the implications not feeding into ongoing
debates. I think this form of compartmentalisation is fundamentally
different from simply giving separate slots to different political
opinions. Palast has presented documentary evidence, strong
cases to be answered, not mere opinions.
Media Sceptic Group