Thursday, December 13, 2007

What Happened To The News?

The main headline on BBC Breakfast News this morning "Clever children from poor families face being overtaken by less bright children from affluent homes, research suggests."
This research was taken as fact. It came from the
Sutton Trust. Not challenged. Not validated. Therefore (being ironic, it must be true). It's little wonder we legislate from crisis to crisis when we are bombarded by catastrophe instead of news.
"The main objective of The Sutton Trust is to support innovative projects that provide educational opportunities for young people from non-privileged backgrounds."
On the basis of this statement alone, why did no-one at the BBC seek to question this declaration of research of fact?
When a government spokesman appears on the same program, there's no lack of grilling. Please BBC, just do due diligence and challenge. Otherwise it's not news, is it?

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