Skip to comments.BBC caught with pants down
Posted on 07/13/2007 8:25:23 PM PDT by neverdem
The papers this morning were full of the revelation in a BBC documentary that the Queen had had a hissy fit and stormed out of a photo-shoot with the photographer Annie Leibowitz. As the Times reported:
The Queen offered a rare, public display of displeasure when she sat for Leibovitz, who is famed for her Vanity Fair photographs of stars such as a pregnant Demi Moore in the nude. A camera crew was invited to film the encounter for a fly-on-the-wall BBC One series, A Year with the Queen, made by the production company behind Wife Swap. The portrait was to commemorate the Queen’s spring visit to the United States.
Leibovitz selected the white drawing room at Buckingham Palace. The Queen arrived in white fur stole, gold-embroidered evening dress, Order of the Garter robes and diamond tiara, as requested. But Leibovitz, a perfectionist who once persuaded Whoopi Goldberg to pose in a bath of milk, had a change of heart. 'I think it will look better without the crown,' the film shows her informing the Queen. 'Less dressy. The garter robe is so...extraordinary.' 'Less dressy?' the Queen says in response to this display of lese-majeste. 'What do you think this is?' The Queen is then shown walking angrily from the drawing room. 'I'm not changing anything,' she fumes at a flunky. 'I've had enough of dressing like this, thank you very much.'
In the context of royal etiquette and the character of the Queen herself, this was quite sensational. The Queen has never been known to storm out of any engagement. Ever. But now we learn that that this did not happen. She did not storm out of the photoshoot at all. The footage was actually filmed as the Queen made her way into the sitting - and she made her irritated comments to her lady-in-waiting before the shoot had even started. The BBC had falsified the sequence of events - at least in the video trailer it made available to the press - to make a better story.
It has now issued a grovelling apology, saying that
the actual sequence of events was misrepresented.
The BBC's trustees have asked the Director General Mark Thompson to explain what the hell went on here. Small wonder.The significance of this can scarcely be exaggerated. The BBC has a world-wide reputation for integrity and truth-telling. Suddenly it is revealed to be deliberately manipulating its images to dupe the public. At a stroke, the trust it engenders has been shattered. And over the Queen, of all people!
If it transposes a picture sequence like this to sex up a story about the Queen by transmitting an outright falsehood, just think what it is doing in the Middle East.
Article printed from Melanie Phillips’s Diary: http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary
URL to article: http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/?p=1586
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Yep... only fools believe the BBC on anything of importance.
BWaaaaaa Haaaaaa ... Too funny!
Probably the silliest part of the story is the author’s surprise that the BBC’s dishonest. Oh well, better a late enlightenment than none at all.
an odd choice to foto the queen.
at local libraries are multiple copies of
10 lb coffee table book of fotos,
many of her lover, susan sontag, without her clothes.
No kidding WTF!!!
i heard phillips on the o’reilly radio show at least 6 months ago. she’s correct about multiculturalism.
she’s the author of the book “londonstan”.
from her website:
“The suicide bombings carried out in London in 2005 by British Muslims revealed an alarming network of Islamist terrorists and their sympathizers. Under the noses of British intelligence, London became the European hub for the promotion, recruitment and financing of Islamist terror and extremism - so much so that it has been mockingly dubbed ‘Londonistan’. In this ground-breaking book, Melanie Phillips pieces together the story of how Londonistan developed as a result of the collapse of British self-confidence and national identity and its resulting paralysis by multiculturalism and appeasement. The result is an ugly climate in Britain of irrationality and defeatism, which now threatens to undermine the alliance with America and imperil the defence of the free world.”
>> The BBC had falsified the sequence of events - at least in the video trailer it made available to the press - to make a better story.
At least there appears to be some sense of shame no doubt contrived. The obnoxious David Gregory comes to mind.
Thanks for the link.
(gurgle choke sputter gag) HAhahahahaaaaa....!
This isn’t news to many of us Yanks. We’ve seen and read the anti-American bias at the Beeb, and even heard an internal report confirmed this. The problem is with others to whom this is “news” such as the author of this article. Us unwashed ex-colonistas are miles ahead on reading the Beeb and its slant. How about the coverage of Israel Mr. BBC General Manager? Any “slight of truth” there too?
My family used to look forward to BBC Masterpiece Theater productions on PBS. Now I shun them. The last one’s I saw seemed politically correct. It was like they were trying to be hip and with it. I managed a few Jane (you ignorant slut) Tennison episode fragments. They even managed to ruin Sherlock Holmes, played by Jeremy Brett, in an episode where Sherlock was dumber than the villain, and where Holmes chose to cover-up a premeditated murder. So out of character. Now it’s “MasterPOS Theater” as far as I’m concerned.
My pals used to call it “Ordinarypiece Theater”, and now that’s more accurate than ever.
Back in the day, Mark Thompson would have been beheaded by now - or at least confined to the Tower. Where is Henry VIII when you need him?
Falsehood and misrepresentation have become the hallmarks of the modern media. Those same traits will also feature prominently in their epitaphs.
That is something Annie Leibowitz would really enjoy photographing.
This is low, even for the BBC. I hope heads roll ;)
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