By Tim Montgomerie
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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism worked with Newsnight on the Lord McAlpine story and questions about its conduct and biases are now swirling. A quick look at its website gives a clear idea of its targets.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has just tabled this Early Day Motion:
"That this House deplores the appalling quality of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s investigation into Lord McAlpine for Newsnight, notes that the former Managing Director of BBC Television, Will Wyatt, described it as ‘completely terrible journalism’, notes that the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has previously criticised Help for Heroes, believes the Bureau of Investigative Journalism is totally discredited as a serious producer of quality journalism, regrets that the investigation has taken attention away from other very serious allegations of child abuse, and calls on the following organisations to cut all ties and refuse to donate any more money to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: City University, The David and Elaine Potter Foundation, Oxfam, The Green Park Foundation, Stamp Out Poverty, Save the Children and The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust."
Mr Bridgen has also written this letter asking the Bureau to detail the payments it has received from the BBC and to return those fees: