If you thought fake news was just a term coined by Donald Trump, think again. Yes, we saw plenty of fake news during Trump’s term from the numerous Russian collusion fantasies. Remember the infamous P type nonsense to the highly damaging Afghan bounty story in the final months of the election campaign. But fake news has been with us for decades. The media cynically manipulating the story to push a particular narrative, typically a narrative that aligns with their point of view. But what the BBC and Martin Bashir did is on a whole nother level, fabricating evidence, including bank statements to play on the fears and paranoia of Princess Diana.
So should submit to a tell all interview. Diana was not only lied to once or twice, but dozens of times, with Bashir alleged to have told Diana she was being followed, that family insiders were being paid to spy on her and leaked to the media that Prince Charles was having an affair with Harry and William’s nanny and much, much more. Bashir and the BBC are said to have peddled some thirty eight lies to Diana and her brother and even fabricated fake bank statements to show that certain staff and insiders were on the take.
Earl Spencer has since said if he hadn’t seen those fake documents, he would not have made the introduction. And that don’t tell all interview would never have happened. But what is just as shameful as the initial deception and manipulation is the cover up. The BBC investigated how Bashir came to secure this interview back in 1996 and there were at best woefully incompetent or at worst complicit in a deliberate cover up. It certainly looks like the latter. And that was essentially what Lord Dyson six month investigation found.
Little Dyson found the BBC did not scrutinize Bashir despite knowing he lied on at least three occasions. And they also found that Lord Dyson also found the BBC without justification, had covered up Bush’s litany of lies. No wonder Prince William was scathing today in condemning the taxpayer funded broadcaster’s behavior.
It is my firm view that this Panorama program has no legitimacy and should never be out again, it effectively established a false narrative, which for over a quarter of a century has been commercialized by the BBC and others. This settled narrative now needs to be addressed by the BBC and anyone else who has written or intends to write about these events in the area of fake news, public service broadcasting and a free press. I’ve never been more important.
And that’s what’s so tragic about what happened, it wasn’t just Diana who was fooled and spent her final years feeling paranoid and isolated, but it’s the way these lies impacted so many other lives. That false narrative that the BBC helped create won them awards and has more for more than two decades been commercialized by them and others.
It is my firm view that this Panorama program has no legitimacy and should never be out again, it effectively established a false narrative, which for over a quarter of a century has been commercialized by the BBC and others.
Sorry, we’ve got grabs mixed up there, but Prince William was scathing today. We’ll try to bring you that footage later. What he said was that his final years with his mother were spent with her being in a state of paranoia, feeling isolated. And none of that would have occurred if she hadn’t been lied to and if she didn’t submit to that tell all interview. He also talked about the up the way this organization, this massive taxpayer funded behemoth, covered up what had happened for so many years.
He was not someone who he who typically speaks frankly about things, but he was scathing. And fake news isn’t anything new. We’ve got to understand Donald Trump wasn’t the first victim and he certainly is not going to be the last. Sadly, in these times of activist journalists, we are seeing even more deliberate deception and false narratives that are pushed heavily and debunked quietly. It’s little wonder that only one in 10 Republicans trust the media, according to recent polling, one in 10.
I wonder if a lot of Brits today, Nic, have open their eyes and starting to distrust their media, even the BBC, which for a long time has had a very strong trust from the public. But I think in recent years they have become more and more politicized. And that criticism that our ABC cops, the BBC, has also been copping.