Where appropriate to the output, we (the BBC) should:
- gather material using first hand sources wherever possible
- check and cross check facts
- validate the authenticity of documentary evidence and digital material
- corroborate claims and allegations made by contributors wherever possible.
- Gather material using first hand sources wherever possible, or just plunder it from the Daily Mail, or The Guardian
- Check and cross check facts, or just make up facts as we go along and try to convince our listeners that this is the truth (plutonium in the Fukushima reactor, for example)
- Validate the authenticity of documentary evidence and digital material, or just accept it at face value because it appeared in the Dead Tree Press or on YouTube
- Corroborate claims and allegations made by contributors wherever possible, or just have a one-sided discussion so any claims and allegations cannot be challenged or defended
1) MISSING PEOPLE - Even if your husband/wife has been missing for 7 years they can’t legally be declared as dead. MPs want the law changed : This sounds reasonable, but have you found a "someone" to say that it should not happen? Fortunately, this has never happened to me. Next...
2) RACIAL DISCRIMINATION - A white man who worked in a Chinese restaurant, and was sacked, has won a case for racial discrimination. Find out more from the Birmingham Post : Good for him. I just hope he gets his money. You said on Zoe's show, "You don't want a madras brought to your table by somebody called Martin". I am sure your listeners will be fascinated to hear your explanation of this statement, but I am not. Next...
3) DRINK DRIVING - A mother in court for drink driving was spared jail after her daughter wrote to the judge saying she was a great mum. Find out more from the Manchester Evening News : Words fail me. Next...
4) WEDDING DOOMED TO FAIL - And finally, if your best friend is about to get married, but you think the marriage will fail, what do you do? : Is this news? I would do absolutely nothing. I wouldn't make a very good listener, would I?
The Jeremy Vine Show - following BBC guidelines, occasionally