BBC mercy killing story a “cruel fabrication”


Whether the BBC, the UK’s leading provider of news, is reporting assisted suicide and euthanasia objectively is being questioned. This week, 71-year-old Ray Gosling, a gay activist and TV producer, pleaded guilty to wasting police time after he made a dramatic – but completely false -- claim on the BBC that he had smothered a gay lover to spare him the pain of dying of AIDS.

The judge was scathing as he handed down a 90-day suspended sentence. “You know the power of television celebrity and the trust the public and television producers have in you. You have to match this with the responsibility of identifying and telling the truth to the public. Your plea and apologies cannot take away the deep distress you voluntarily caused to people in the process of creating and maintaining this cruel fabrication."

Gosling’s story in the BBC broadcast was quite detailed, but fuzzy about the date and the victim. He only admitted that it had been a fantasy after a night in jail. In fact, he was not even in the country when Mr Judson died.

It emerged in court that the BBC had known about the “mercy killing” months before the program went to air. Gosling had told the producers his supposed crime over a boozy lunch in October 2009 but they did not inform police. Opponents of legalised euthanasia were outraged (see video).  ~ London Telegraph, Sept 15

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