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Stumbling Over Truth: The inside story of the sexed-up dossier, Hutton and the BBC [Hardcover]

Kevin Marsh
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24 Sep 2012
The Hutton Report in 2004 created today s BBC. It cost the corporation its Chairman and Director General and ushered in an age of self-doubt and caution. It was also the end of the most extraordinary experiment in news management Britain has ever seen, the decade of Alastair Campbell the Blair courtier who delivered new Labour s mission to create the truth . But Lord Hutton condemned the BBC and its journalism without hearing a single word from the man who put the sexed-up dossier story on air Today editor Kevin Marsh. Had he done so his conclusions would have been very different. Now outside the BBC, Marsh can tell for the first time the inside story of Andrew Gilligan s infamous 0607 broadcast on the Today programme. He explains how he was certain the story was true, but also how Gilligan s flawed reporting fatally damaged the BBC s case. And he tells of his growing disillusion with the British media s ability and appetite for holding power to account or even telling the truth. This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand the toe-to-toe confrontations between Tony Blair s government and the BBC, and the fight to keep BBC journalism independent in the face of unprecedented government pressure.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (24 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849541523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849541527
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Marsh provides an important contribution to the narrative surrounding Iraq and media coverage. Several fascinating tales are told' ---- John Kampfner , The Observer

About the Author

KEVIN MARSH was editor of the Today programme from 2002 to 2006. He lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 9 April 2014
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This should be read by everyone who is interested in politics and especially Blair's misguided conviction to which he clings to this day that he was right to take us to war with Iraq
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent exposé 16 Feb 2013
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An enlightening exposé of the inner culture of the BBC and how hidden agendas of powerful people are pushed to the limits. I'd have liked a bit more on the story of David Kelly but can understand it could be regarded as not in the remit of this book...needs to be read by those who had suspicions and need the 'proof'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping account 19 Dec 2012
I'm not one normally to write reviews, but for anyone with any interest at all in the politics of the last decade, this is absolutely essential reading.

The antics of New Labour/Campbell/Blair are exposed in a superb account of the 'sexed up' dossier wrangle and the Hutton report.

I have no connection whatsoever with the author and recommend this wholeheartedly for the scandals it reveals.

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