18 November 2005

I was watching BBC2’s Scandal the other night.  From what I can make out in each show they take a decade and describe the scandals of the time with the aid of contemporary media coverage.  Last night was the 1980s featuring Janet Cooke.  Now, I’d never heard of Janet Cooke but it turns out that she was a US journalist who faked a report and got sacked.  And the irony?  Well, guess who was fronting the TV footage.  If it wasn’t our old friend Dan Rather…

Also in the programme, and rather brave of the BBC I thought to bring it up, was the Belgrano Affair.  Older readers will remember that this was the scandal that erupted when the BBC and others attempted to claim that there was something wrong with sinking an enemy warship in wartime.

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