They have an agenda and they will shoehorn anything in to it. As a former journalist myself, I well understand how someone can find a punter who will reflect "the line". It happened to Nicholas Winterton, oh so close to the election when, in what can only be described as a fit of frothing moral outrage, he was pilloried on Radio Five for daring to suggest that "I believe that the facilities extended by the rail companies to travel first class are very valuable for businesspeople and I include in that category MPs". Of course, Winterton was an easy target, a prize chump who got caught up in the expenses fiasco and who typically represented a shade of old Tory that Cameron and co were dying to offload. But that is not the point. The point is a piece in today's Telegraph that includes revelations about Anal Botney (aka Alan Yentob) a BBC apparatchik of some years troughing, who claims that Club Class transatlantic air travel is "essential" to his job.
According to the piece:
Last month the BBC's creative director Alan Yentob, who gets £183,000 and a six-figure pension from the BBC, claimed he would not be able to work properly without flying business class at licence feepayers' expense.
He justified a £3,381 return trip to New York in business class by saying that without it, he "wouldn't have been capable of doing the job".
Somehow, I just don't see Botney being pilloried in quite the same way, do you?