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8/22/2003

Watts: 'BBC tried to mould my story'
More evidence the BBC is the one who "sexed up" things....

Newsnight reporter Susan Watts today denounced the BBC's "attempts to mould" her stories in what she believed was a "misguided strategy" to "corroborate" Andrew Gilligan's controversial report on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

"I felt under some considerable pressure from the BBC. I also felt the purpose of that was to help corroborate Andrew Gilligan's allegations, not for any news purposes," said Watts.

Mr Dingemans then asked Watts whether she thought her Newsnight stories corroborated Gilligan's allegations, including whether Alastair Campbell had inserted the 45 minute claim into last September's Iraq dossier.

"No I don't," she replied. "I felt there were significant differences between my reports and his reports."

8/21/2003

'Bush Good, Saddam Bad!'
What the media doesn't want you to know about Iraq...

Opinion Journal - There's more to America than New York, Washington and Los Angeles. The same is true for Iraq; there's a vast country outside Baghdad and the "Sunni triangle" that's now the center of a guerrilla campaign. It's understandable that Western press reports are fixated on attacks that kill American soldiers. But that focus is obscuring what's actually happening in the rest of the country--and it misleads the public into thinking that Iraqis are growing angry and impatient with their liberators.

In fact, there is another Iraq that the media virtually ignore. It is guarded by the First Marine Division, and, unlike Baghdad, it has been a model of success. The streets are safe, petty and violent crime are low, water and electrical services are almost universally available (albeit rationed), and ordinary Iraqis are beginning to clean up and rebuild their neighborhoods and communities. Equally important, a deep level of mutual trust and respect has developed between the Marines and the populace here in central and southern Iraq.

Read it, it's good...

Kelly said Gilligan "Sexed Up" report was 'bullshit'
More trouble for the axis of quagmire...

Guardian - David Kelly told a Sunday Times journalist that Andrew Gilligan's report on the Today programme was "bullshit" and said he had been "put through the wringer" by the Ministry of Defence over the affair...

...Rufford said he had asked Dr Kelly about his meeting with Gilligan and whether the BBC reporter's account of that conversation was accurate.

Dr Kelly replied: "I talked to him about factual stuff, the rest is bullshit."

"It was very strong language for Dr Kelly to use," Rufford said...

...He said that in their conversation Dr Kelly described the dossier as "factual and credible"...