God's role in convincing Blair to go to war

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OFCOM has upheld its ruling that ITV did not show due accuracy in its reports about Blair’s decision to go to war (OFCOM’s Broadcast Bulletin No.179, 26-2-07). In an analysis worth reading in full, OFCOM takes apart the interview between Michael Parkinson and Tony Blair and, though it finds some ambiguity in the language, concludes that ITV misrepresented what Blair said. Blair did raise the issue of his faith in the interview, and that he would eventually be judged for his actions (the implication being by God). But what he did not say was whether he’d asked God if Britain should go to war in Iraq.
Yet the headlines emblazoned over the 1830 and 2230 ITV news said just this: “Tony Blair says his belief in God played a part in deciding to go to war in Iraq”, and “Tony Blair’s belief in God played a crucial role in his decision to send British troops to a war in Iraq”.
Whether or not you agree with ITV’s argument that it made a fair interpretation of the gist of the interview if not the exact words spoken, it is refreshing to see such an intense examination of a news story – imagine the same sort of scrutiny being applied to newspapers.

Written by Martin Moore

February 26th, 2007 at 4:23 pm

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  1. >> imagine the same sort of scrutiny being applied to newspapers.Just imagine – it would be like having a PCC that actually took action over things – a scary, scary thought for most editors I should imagine ;-)

    Martin

    26 Feb 07 at 5:34 pm

  2. A self-regulatory body that self-regulated the press, wouldn’t that be a fine thing

    Martin Moore

    27 Feb 07 at 8:14 am

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