When Fox News shows more journalistic qualms than the BBC, you know we’re in trouble.
Renowned constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz, who believes the Constitution gives Donald Trump the power to do whatever he wants as long as he is serious about stealing the election, appeared on BBC News on Wednesday after Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted five counts of sex trafficking. The problem? The network presented him as an impartial legal expert without acknowledging that he was involved in some of the same crimes involving Maxwell and his ex-boyfriend, notorious convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The Washington Post:
Shortly after Maxwell was convicted on Wednesday of sex trafficking charges for helping Epstein abuse young girls, BBC News asked Dershowitz to analyze the guilty verdict of Epstein’s longtime lover. . But the network failed to mention that Dershowitz was not only Epstein’s attorney, but is accused of having sex with Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was just 16. Dershowitz has denied the allegations.
Dershowitz used his time on the “BBC World News” to criticize Giuffre for not supposedly being a credible witness in the Maxwell case – claims that were not disputed by the show’s host. He also claimed Giuffre’s case against him and Britain’s Prince Andrew, who was also charged with sexual assault and denied the allegations, was somewhat weakened after Maxwell’s guilty verdict.
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Wow! Great job, BBC. And after? Invite Jared Fogle to write a column on weight loss or give Bill Cosby a segment to discuss his favorite cocktail recipes? It is probably too late to publish Jeffrey Dahmer’s outraged restaurant reviews.
Is it rude to suggest that maybe, just maybe, Dershowitz is being blackmailed? This self-proclaimed liberal has Human Centiped himself behind Donald Trump’s back with such eagerness, it’s almost impossible to imagine he isn’t under pressure in one way or another. But hey, maybe Epstein Island was just an elaborate Chuck E. Cheese with pizza parties on Friday nights, unlimited Skee-Ball, and an animatronic Jerry Sandusky Jug Band.
Of course, Dershowitz also appeared on Fox News on Wednesday, as Fox never misses an opportunity to be horrible. But as journalist and tweeter extraordinary Aaron Rupar noted above, at least Fox has acknowledged Dershowitz’s ties to Epstein and Maxwell.
Meanwhile, some very intelligent people – all of whom would have been more credible on this issue than Dershowitz – were dismayed by the BBC’s misjudgment.
I couldn’t believe it – totally inexcusable.
– Siobhan Benita (@SiobhanBenita) December 29, 2021
Do you know who else was appalled? The BBC.
“Alan Dershowitz’s interview last night after Ghislaine Maxwell’s verdict did not meet BBC editorial standards as Mr. Dershowitz was not a suitable person to interview as an impartial analyst,” and we have not clearly explained the relevant context to our audience. We will see how it happened.
Well, at least the network stuck to it, even though the statement didn’t include an apology. I would expect a similar mea culpa from Fox News if they had any editorial standards to violate. But as long as they rigorously maintain maximum skirt length and occasionally change the stacks in Brian Kilmeade’s head, their broadcast license is in no danger. Still, it remains a mystery why the very last person who should have been asked to discuss this topic is the very guy the respected network chose to interview.
Do better, BBC. You don’t want to become the American media. This is how madness resides.
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BBC News admits mistake after tapping on Epstein’s boyfriend Alan Dershowitz to analyze Ghislaine Maxwell’s verdict