Friday, May 30, 2003

The Armed Forces Minister, Adam Ingram, has blown any chance he may have had of getting a job in the BBC World Service newsroom.

Ingram says the intelligence in the government's Iraq dossier that Baghdad was able to deploy chemical or biological weapons within 45 minutes came from "security source information. Single sourced - it wasn't corroborated." (Source: Radio 4 Today Programme)

Single sourced?

Perhaps Mr Ingram should take a look at the BBC's guidelines on accuracy and truth. They state that: "News agency reports, especially from overseas, can vary in their reliability. It is good practice not to run a story from one agency unless it can be substantiated by a BBC correspondent or another agency. (Source: BBC World Service)

Sorry minister, you just wouldn't cut it at Bush House.

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