There's nothing like a good bit of BBC bashing. As the Hutton enquiry goes on in the UK, here's a bit of nostalgia for the BBC in wartime. It's a fun article by Oxblogger Josh Chavetz. Revisit those halcyon days when the BBC director actually made a sanctimonious speech criticizing bias in the American media, and when Andrew Gilligan was filing his reports from Iraq based on new releases from the Iraqi information ministry.

Totally random association: Chavetz mentions that George Orwell's BBC experiences in wartime influenced his description of the Ministry of Truth in 1984. When I lived in London, one of the bits of student trivia I picked up is the (perhaps true) legend that Orwell modeled the physical description of the Ministry of Truth after the building which houses London University library, called Senate House, and the admittedly odd looking center section thrusting up over the leafy streets around it. I spent lots of time in that library, but don't remember seeing Room 101 anywhere.

Hey, look: the BBC admits the Orwell link. (Note: how do you make a plaster cast of a room?)

Steve | 16:29 |