The Washington Post:
Shortly after Maxwell was convicted on sex trafficking charges on Wednesday for helping Epstein abuse young girls, BBC News led Dershowitz to analyze the conviction of Epstein’s longtime lover. But the network failed to mention that not only has Dershowitz previously served as Epstein’s attorney, but that he is accused of having sex with Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was only 16. Dershowitz has denied the allegations.
Dershowitz used his time on the “BBC World News” to criticize Giuffre for allegedly not being a credible witness in the Maxwell case — claims uncontested by the show’s anchor. He also claimed Giuffre’s case against him and Britain’s Prince Andrew, who has also been charged with sexual assault and has denied the charges, was somehow weakened after Maxwell’s conviction.
Look at that.
Wow! Well done, BBC. What’s next? Invite Jared Fogle to write a weight loss column, or give Bill Cosby a snippet to discuss his favorite cocktail recipes? It’s probably too late to see Jeffrey Dahmer’s outre restaurant reviews.
Is it rude to suggest that maybe, just? could be, is Dershowitz being blackmailed? This self-proclaimed liberal has sent Human Centiped himself to Donald Trump’s back with such enthusiasm that it’s almost impossible to imagine he’s not being pressured in some way. But hey, maybe Epstein Island was just an elaborate Chuck E. Cheese with Friday night pizza parties, unlimited Skee-Ball, and an animatronic Jerry Sandusky Jug Band.
Of course, Dershowitz also appeared on Fox News on Wednesday, because Fox never misses an opportunity to be atrocious. But as journalist and tweeter extraordinaire Aaron Rupar noted above, Fox at least acknowledged Dershowitz’s connections to Epstein and Maxwell.
Meanwhile, some very smart people – all of whom would have been more credible on the matter than Dershowitz – were appalled at the BBC’s verdict.
You know who else was shocked? The BBC.
For the non-tweeters:
“Last night’s interview with Alan Dershowitz following Ghislaine Maxwell’s verdict fell short of the BBC’s editorial standards, as Mr Dershowitz was not the appropriate person to interview as an impartial analyst, and we did not provide the relevant background to us. audience. We will investigate how this happened.”
Well, at least the network dealt with it, even if the statement didn’t include an apology. I would expect a similar mea culpa from Fox News if they broke editorial standards. But as long as they strictly stick to a maximum skirt length and occasionally swap out the batteries in Brian Kilmeade’s head, their broadcasting license isn’t in jeopardy. Still, it remains a mystery why the very last person who should have been tapped to discuss this topic is the man the respected network chose to interview.
Do it better, BBC. You don’t want to become the American media. That’s the way the madness lies.
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