The BBC news presenter Annita McVeigh publicly declared “an information war with Russia” during an interview with former Royal Navy Admiral Lord West on April 18.
The former Royal Navy Admiral and McVeigh were discussing Syrian President Assad’s involvement in the alleged chemical attack in Douma.
Lord West questioned the evidence behind the US-led bloc’s allegations against the Syrian president, emphasized that Assad’s order “doesn’t ring true,” and asked “what benefit is there for his military?”
“We know that in the past some of the Islamic groups have used chemicals, and of course there would be huge benefit in them labelling an attack as coming from Assad”, said Lord West.
Lord West asked for the real evidence as the information provided by the White Helmets and the World Health Organization (WHO) had been “not neutral,” according to him.
He reccalled that he had been under pressure to support politically motivated narratives during “our bombing campaign in Bosnia”
Thus, McVeigh asked Lord West whether he should be expressing his opinion truthfully:
“Given that we’re in an information war with Russia on so many fronts, do you think perhaps it’s inadvisable to be stating this so publicly given your position and profile, isn’t there a danger that you’re muddying the waters?”
Lord West underlined his stance that the situation must be cleared up:
“I think the answer is, if there’s a real concern, let’s face it, if [Assad] hasn’t done it then that is extremely bad news. If Assad hasn’t carried out the attack, I think it’s just worth making that clear. I think our government’s policy towards Assad has not been clever since 2013.”
McVeigh’s speech demonstrates how “neuntral and fact-based” BBC’s coverage of the conflict in Syria.