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BBC bias: How Auntie turned into Big Brother

Matthew Cookson reports on a sharp lesson he received last week over just how explicitly the "unbiased" BBC attempts to shape the news agenda

Issue No. 1960

I and a number of friends took the number 30 bus from Hackney, east London, to attend the Marxism 2005 event on Friday of last week.

This was the same timetabled bus that had been blown up 24 hours previously, so there were a number of journalists on it interviewing passengers.

We were approached by a journalist from the BBC, Gareth Furby. He started by asking us if we were scared to be on the number 30 that day and was non-plussed when we replied that we weren’t.

But what really upset him was when I said that the foreign policies of Tony Blair and George Bush were responsible for making London a target in such a horrendous way.

This was beyond Furby’s comprehension. He abruptly terminated the interview and berated me for being “an apologist for terrorism”. We argued back and he eventually agreed to interview me again — though the clip was never aired.

In contrast to Furby’s behaviour, an Independent journalist took down our views with courtesy and published them in last Saturday’s edition.

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Sat 16 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1960
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