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Wednesday 26 August 2020

Robert Peston And The Art Of Stenography

The Vote Leave team performed one very useful task for those still unsure about just how close some journalists get to their sources: it exposed the way in which some in the Lobby have prostrated themselves as mere courtesans and stenographers before the political establishment in order to secure that all-important inside track.

Now here's a thing, viewers

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg was already known to have devalued her credibility, possibly irretrievably, after all too obviously taking dictation from the slick and dishonest Matthew Elliott, telling her audience that Vote Leave merely “broke the rules”, instead of saying that they broke the law. Now has come her ITV counterpart Robert Peston.

For Peston, the moment of truth came when he told his followers yesterday “I am aware you have been missing Dominic Cummings. It turns out he had the operation in late July that he delayed a year ago when [Boris Johnson] persuaded him to become his chief aide and has been convalescing in north of England since. He returns to normal duties at No10 Monday”. Another trip to Durham, perchance? And there was more.

Remember Vote Leave lawbreaking?

Whitehall source [D Cummings (no relation)] tells me he has not been working, and was not looking at emails or messages. I imagine it has been an unmitigated joy for him to switch it all back on again - especially to read the reported remarks of his father-in-law about the PM’s alleged (and denied) early retirement plans”.

Thus his Oh What A Giveaway moment. And Natalie Rowe was unimpressed. “Peston what went wrong with you ?... I certainly noticed Cummings giving you that Wry Smile when he’d gathered you lot in the No10 back Garden … You are up to your neck in collusion, not a Journalist”. Fionna O’Leary added “Nothing ‘normal’ in Cummings or his duties. And - of course - Johnson chooses to go on leave at the same time because he has no operating board without Cummings’ operating it”. Yes indeed.

But it was the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr who had the really difficult questions. “Bit baffled by this. None of us knew he was missing. Also, what operation? Also, you’re reporting this not as rumour or a ‘source’ but as fact meaning..it’s confirmed? From number 10? You went to them or it was deliberately leaked? If so, why without attribution? Why now?” And how did he get it done with the pandemic still raging?

She had more to ask The Great Man. “You must have asked, ‘what kind of op?’ Unless you already knew? If you don’t know, fine. And if you know & are not divulging for privacy reasons, fine. But can’t you say which? And if this has been strategically leaked to you, can’t you say? Or if it’s not been strategically leaked, can’t you say? It makes a difference … So it creates this weird situation where we have partial info but without context”.

Did Polecat Dom go private? And if so, where was the emergency cover to be provided in case anything went wrong? Who is Peston’s source, a source so authoritative that he does not need to even refer to it? Unless it came straight from the Polecat himself, in a manner not unlike Matthew Elliott “briefing” Laura Kuenssberg. Which leads to one conclusion.

We have a journalist class that is complicit to the point of sycophantic dependency. A class that appears no longer fit for purpose, having seemingly been captured by the Tories. That has, it seems, been devalued to the point of taking dictation. And that’s not good enough.

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The Toffee (597) said...

What operation?

Well it certainly wasn't a charismaplasty, or a redhotpokerectomy; I'll bet the twat's still as po-faced as he's ever been.

grim northerner said...

The gammon hate laura k and pesto, it's best to be literal when appeasing gammon if you want their approval. The beeb is now like a vichy government that is attempting to give an impression of independence. This mere illusion of being independent from government is too subtle for the gammon to grasp and enrages them.

Anonymous said...

Are there any mugs out there who STILL believe the corrupt shite peddled by Peston, Kuenssberg and their "colleagues"?

Unknown said...

They were replacing his empathy bypass no doubt

Anonymous said...

Racist tory gammon c*nt

Anonymous said...

Am I bovvered ?

Jonathan said...

With Laura Kuenssberg away, Peston steps in for the Polecat.

James said...

Many moons ago, I remember watching a very good take on Ivana Trump by SNL and her role in America's decline.

Like her, Preston is complicit and there are those of us in this nation who have long memories.

Jonathan said...

I just learnt today that Peston & Kuenssberg are to become ITV's Political and Business Tag Team..

Double stenography and more free Propaganda for No10.