There has been a great deal of news management in the BBC, sometimes it is very subtle, like using certain words unchallenged.
Our politicians in the UK do have influence over the BBC news output and this is often, usually, unseen.
News can be slanted many ways, briefings by political leaders are slanted certain ways.
So we have “security lines” when what actually happens is that people are kicked out of their homes which are then bulldozed flat, we have “collateral damage” when we mean our bombs went off target and killed children.
So now we get celebrities who use their voice as a counter to all this, they know they will be heard, and often the opinion of the ordinary person is either ignored or marginalised.
If you think celebrities are spouting their own agenda, then perhaps you should think about what our elected representatives are doing.
If there was overwhelming evidence, incontrovertible proof of Iraq having WOMD, you can bet your sweet bippy that Bush et al would have it broadcast day and night.
The news media are not very interested in what I have to say, nor are the politicians, and yet those nations who are percieved as being cautious are portrayed in our media as being obstructive, niaive, self-interested etc.
We do not get a balanced debate in the US leaning nations, there is way too little examination of just what is going on and why, merely media outputs that toe the US-UK national line.
I do not think the French are stupid, nor the Belgians, nor the Russians, nor the Chinese, nor the Germans, and these certainly have access to high level intelligence similar the that of the US.
Yet these nations do not believe that Iraq should be invaded until other avenues are exhausted.
I do not recall any debate abpout the reasons for their stance, only a media induced certainty that they are wrong.
Celebrities are about the only people in the US-UK who are not politicians who seem to be reported upon as having another point of view.
No these celebrities should not really command such ab exalted postion in public debate, but frankly they are the only ones who are being given a chance to put another view, and a view that is held by very many others who are not given a voice.