November 12th, 2012

Iain Overton Resigns From the Bureau of Smears

The man who sent that now infamous tweet on the morning of the Newsnight McAlpine report has resigned from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Their Managing Editor Iain Overton’s name no longer appears on the BIJ website. Another stunning success for the operation that before this had revealed that Bell Pottinger broke Wikipedia’s terms of use and smeared Help for Heroes. Supporters are running for the hills…


Nicely forgetting the fact that the BIJ’s Angus Stickler didn’t even show Steve Messham a picture of Lord McAlpine and that it was his misjudged and premature tweet that started this whole sorry mess.

UPDATE: TBIJ have released another statement. The word missing is ‘sorry’…


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    The damage he has done (along with BBC) can never be fixed.

    And still the victims will be smeared and will suffer.

    Cock up or conspiracy?


  2. 2
    Pickled Wizard says:

    I notice that they still haven’t apologised though…


  3. 3
    Ms Wanda Legover. says:

    How much were the BBC paying the BIJ for their services, anyone know?


  4. 4
    Some Twat up North says:

    Breaking news….

    Downing Street in a complete spin! Cameron is gong berserk trying to find another non job for Patten.

    This man has had a very privileged life doing fuck all for his country and must be supported in these austere times….


  5. 5
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I think Christmas has come early this year.

    Let the good times heads roll.


  6. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Media and Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said the BBC trust must justify Entwistles £1.3 million severance package.
    Licence payers know it can’t possibly be justified.


    • 15
      Some Twat up North says:

      In the spirit of us all being ‘in this together’ I am selling my house and paying the next ten years license fee upfront. Mr Pigwistle and the BBC must be supported.

      I call on all of you to support our beloved STATE broadcaster in these troubled times.

      Ask not what you can do for your neighbour and Pay your FUCKING LICENSE TAX.


  7. 8
    The Last of the Few says:

    Just sit back Iain…………….The lawyers letter is on its way to you !


  8. 9
    Michael Smith says:

    I’m told that the BIJ got £200k from the BBC to do its dirty work for it.


  9. 10
    Macshame says:


    • 41
      UKIPper says:

      I likes Farage but was very disappointed at his HIGNFY appearance. He laughed a lot and contributed little. Perhaps the extended version will prove otherwise.


      • 56
        BBC Disinfotainment Commissioning Team says:

        I like Private Eye, but as editor Ian Hislop’s appearances have revealed a progression towards a lefty viewpoint. Cookie wouldn’t have gone much on that and nor, were he still involved in that esteemed organ, would Ingrams I’d reckon.


  10. 12

    Not the last to walk (or sidle along) the plank, I’ll wager


  11. 13
    I don't ne e d no doctor says:



  12. 14
    The Last of the Few says:

    Anyone heard anything from that useless fat t*%t Tom Watson MP!!!

    He was out the blocks fast enough with a tweet or 2.

    Strange that !!!!!!!!!!!


    • 40
      What a plonker. says:

      No ,it is par for the course for him . Watson has not got the guts
      to repeat anything outside of parliament .Just another low life socialist.


  13. 17
    Kreatcherr says:

    Seems the whole top heavy echelon of the Beeb, must feel like they are the live bait in a real life Hunger Games scenario….run little bunnies run, and watch out for glints in your colleagues hands at all times, there is a cull a comin’!


  14. 20
    Marcia says:

    Unfortunately the BBC / MacAlpine row has taken the attention away from the real victims in all of this. I am reading the “Lost in Care” Waterworth report, online. What was done to these children beggars belief, the rows are beginning to look like an attempt to draw attention away from any past or present Politicians who may have been involved at the time. Ann Clwyd is speaking out in support for those who suffered, Politicians must not be allowed to sweep it under the carpet , for what could be a second time.


    • 25
      Superannuated says:

      With all due respect, Ann Clwyd is 75 and should be retired. She’s bed-blocking a job that should be being done by someone younger.


    • 44
      bbb says:

      Ann Clwyd what the same Ann Clwyd who last asked a question about this case in 1996 the after 1997 shut up? the same Ann Clwyd ex BBC ,current N.U.J member and vocal Iraq war supporter who likes to protect constituents children but anyone else’s can die fighting in the war she likes ? the same woman who wants the case reopened under a conservative leader but not the labour one she had the ear of for 13yrs ?


      • 55
        eh? says:

        I wouldn’t trust that old witch Ann Clwyd, as far as I could boot her. She likes to pose as this caring concerned objective politician when in reality she is one of the most cynical and devious Labour apparatchiks in the Commons. A real Blairite.


        • 115
          dutchy says:

          Old witch is too nice a phrase she is more of an ‘old welsh bag lady’ that phrase suits her fine !!! How do these old bags get elected as MP’s ?


      • 61
        Anonymous says:

        ‘but anyone else’s can die fighting in the war she likes’

        That might be a valid point if we had conscription. We don’t. No one is forced to join up, and those who do are aware of the risks.


        • 117
          Little Englander says:

          True, but then again, those who do sign up do not expect to be sent into harm’s way based on a pack of lies by unscrupulous and duplicitous politicians.


    • 58
      Ex-Tory says:

      That is the latest line spouted by the leftie media/political machine: ‘let’s not forget about the real victims’. They are using child abuse victims again to try to take the spotlight off their dispicable use of child abuse victims to smear Tories. They have devalued the crime of child abuse by using it as a political tool, just as they did with racism. What are bunch of total c*nts!


    • 74
      Engineer says:

      The real victims should not be forgotten. Their abusers should be brought to face justice. The proper way to do that is for the police to investigate complaints made to them, and gather the evidence to support those complaints.

      Smearing innocent people by accusing them of vile crimes will not help any of the real victims. The smearers are as vile as the original abusers, and people who use such matters to gain party political advantage are arguably even more cynical and vile. I’m looking at you, Tom Watson.


  15. 22
    Silly Sally B13 COW says:

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp !!!!


  16. 23
    Wotamess says:

    Well at least McAlpine can hold his head up high and move on. I hope he has compassion for Messham. I really think the guy is genuinely confusedand a bit too naive when it comes to journalism. What a mess!


    • 54
      bbb says:

      If you had read Mr McAlpine statement He has already said =
      I have every sympathy for Mr Messham and for the many other young people who were sexually abused when they were residents of the children’s home in Wrexham. Any abuse of children is abhorrent but the sexual abuse to which these vulnerable children were subjected in the 1970s and 1980s is particularly abhorrent. They had every right to expect to be protected and cared for by those who were responsible for them and it is abundantly clear that they were horribly violated. I have absolutely no sympathy for the adults who committed these crimes. Those who have been convicted were deservedly punished and those who have not yet been brought to justice should be as soon as possible.


  17. 26
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can I be the new DG?


  18. 28
    Shocked of Sheen says:

    Where is Tom Watson today?


  19. 30
    Hank the Cat says:

    The BBC have sorted out the mess they are in. Tonight on Newsnight Dimblebum will interview Dimblebum so after that all will be clear and laid to rest


    • 42
      Old Tory Bigot says:

      Tweedledum and Tweedledee
      Agreed to have a battle;
      For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
      Had spoiled his nice new rattle.


  20. 31
    Yeah, right says:

    George Entwistle is just a patsy, I think people are rather wise to the whole smokescreen here, someone high up is very guilty of some bad things here.


    • 57
      BodMot says:

      That’s like saying Kennedy was the patsy in his own assassination.



    • 64
      bbb says:

      ‘someone high up is very guilty of some bad things here’
      Yeah George Entwistle ?
      or do you mean the CIA controlled joo’s who are running the banks/media /teeth radios for the little green men behind 9/11 and Glenn Millers disappearance ?


  21. 32
    Hush Puppy says:

    It simply is not right to have a politician such as Patten in charge of the BBC trust.

    It is he who should go

    McAlpine is an old foe of Patten and Patten was aware of the Newsnight programme before it was transmitted.

    The coverage of the royal pageant made the BBC the laughing stock of the world but what else would you expect from a European Commissioner?

    Why did Dave appoint him?


  22. 34
    Panic in St John's Wood says:

    Breaking….the BBC is to launch a replacement for “Would I lie to you ?”which is to be called “Headless Chickens”…….a team BBC Senior Managers tries to come up with the most outlandish story of why they are not responsible for the present debacle and contestants have to decide if they are lying


  23. 35
    Sophie says:

    Lord Patten out.

    Lord Tebbit in.


  24. 38
    Yvonne from The Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Isn’t he the Hunt who started all this ?

    I trust he has got a good insurance cover .


  25. 45
    Tory nonces still unidentified says:

    Gimme gimme gimme
    A child after midnight


  26. 48
    eh? says:

    The BBC have been severely compromised by their association with this shadowy anti-Tory leftist, smear outfit, the laughingly named ‘Bureau for Investigative Journalism.

    They are in effect, simply a Labour front, set up and funded to smear Labour’s opponents. The fact that millions of people are forced to fund the biased BBC, under threat of prison for non-payment is outrageous.

    Though why the champagne socialists at the BBC want to smear the Tories any more baffles me. Surely they realise that under Cameron and Osborne the Tories are just as pinko-liberal as anyone at the BBC or in the Labour Party. The LibLabCon is just one party with three names.


  27. 49
    Hank the Cat says:

    Patten wanted Entwhistle to be DG, went out of his way to snare him, the reason being that it was known that Entwhistle was weak. With a weak DG Patten could run the BBC


    • 118
      Little Englander says:

      There are those who seriously question whether Patten could even run a bath.


      • 119
        Fatty Pang Pang says:

        Run a bath? Bah!

        I’ll have you know I wallow, hippo-like, in a jacuzzi of Malyan vigin’s breast milk while my concubines pop 100 year old Chinese eggs into my gaping maw.

        I have no need to run a bath, peasant.


    • 120
      The Golem says:

      I remember Patten being marooned out in Hong Kong for years. No doubt there was a reason.


  28. 53
    Operation Crossbow says:

    The bottom line is it was the bloke who runs Radio 5 live who was the editor in charge of Newsnight when this story went out. It was a blatant piece of anti Tory bilge.

    Hardly surprising then when you check out the BBC’s anti Tory bilge on Radio 5.

    BIJ may have put this garbage together, but it was the very same BBC that tried to hide the Savile story.


  29. 61
    MB. says:

    I was suspicious of the organisation as soon as I saw its very impressive title. I looked him up on Wonkypedia and noticed there are comments about him appearing to have written his own entry in Wonkypedia, he has certainly contributed to it.


  30. 68
    Enough is enough. says:

    I stopped paying my £145 a few years ago. How about the rest of you?


    • 83
      Engineer says:

      Yep. Me too.

      (All legal and above board – got rid of the telly. Very rarely watched it anyway. Don’t miss it.)


    • 88
      A Whining so-socialist tosser, also one of the Intellectual Elite in some pointless job at the BBC says:

      Living in a Gated ‘Community’ and drinking Bolly doesn’t come cheap you know!


  31. 75
    Sally's Knickers - the clean ones - says:

    We’re in a twist, the €USSR is in a twist, Angela’s knickers are in a twist, Cam’s just a twister, and £ieBore doesn’t know its arse from its elbow.

    Can PollyTwat help put us straight?


  32. 77
    tube_thumper says:

    so the kent police have arrested an english white guy for posting a picture of a poppy burning.

    I am a patriot but i cant see that this is a crime. Vaguely offensive maybe.

    Funny how they didnt beat up those beardies actually doing it?

    Police = plebs


  33. 79
    NFC says:

    Just a £3.4 billion gravy train for incompetent fuckwits.


  34. 82
    Some Twat up North says:

    Filthy lucre?


  35. 85
  36. 86
    Hypocritical Oath says:

    Hear Hear

    I remember when Guido fired himself last year after smearing Alan Johnson as an adulterer

    Now thats accountability


  37. 89
    The Sleeper says:

    Tim Davie now joining in the Beeb love-in.

    “We’ve lost a very good DG”

    WTF…53 days of total fucking chaos is the last DGs’ legacy!


    • 100
      NFC says:

      All the fault of those nasty people out there that for some unfathomable reason and despite all our 24/7 propaganda still refuse to believe that the sun shines out of the BBC’s arse.


    • 105
      Some Twat up North says:

      £8,490.56604 per day……………….. Bargain

      That’s 3,103.44828 license fees………. Bargain

      God, he was a good DG.


    • 106
      Nobel'ed says:

      Gold toady award coming his way.


  38. 114
    The Day Today says:

    This is a high class Bureau, not some two-bit punch and judy show down in Margate. Get out of this Bureau of Investigative Journalism!


  39. 116
    Anonymous says:

    BJ should be closed.


  40. 121
    keredybretsa says:

    Bureau of Investigative Journalism busy investigating The Bureau of Investigative Journalism! Really putting Investigative Journalism back on the front page.


  41. 122
    The Right Honourable Francis Urquhart MP says:

    I’ve watched the Newsnight Messham segment a couple of times, can someone tell me at which point in the Newsnight segmant does McAlpine’s name pop up? When I googled this shit in the first instance, I had a large selection of names as a result which included McBollocks.

    Newsnight did not name McAlpine, Watson did not name McAlpine, Meesham did not name McAlpine, TBIJ did not name McAlpine and the Beeb did not name McAlpine. However, people on Twitter, David Icke, Facebook, various blogs DID name the ginger lord who also happens to look like the Baron from Dune.

    Oh look…our faviroute figure of hate is back in the news to serve as a distraction, if in doubt wheel Abu out!

    Very sad!


  42. 123
    g2-6843e87fbef81912fb5adf133928d369 says:

    The BoIJ are something else, they waded into their own Wiki article editing out criticisms and using the article as a marketing tool. It has been a real on-going struggle to successfully lay out the facts both on the the BoIJ and the BBC Wikipedia articles, the amount of hampering and obstruction by obvious members of staff has been astonishing to say the least. Every attempt to lay out the facts pertaining to the BBC crisis has been road blocked or farmed off to some secondary article.


  43. 124
    Anonymous says:

    And yet no journalists investigate the PC mindset which suggests young girls make lifestyle choises to become prostitutes


  44. 125
    The Day Today says:

    Right that’s it……..I’m closing the Bureau……

    For an hour…..


  45. 126
    Vanyka says:

    Is so that you retweeted huge libellous smear Guido on this dear old boy we have benders full of you have no shame just like George Monbiot, Jemima Khan, Tom Watson and all. Get sued all , get sued good, get sympathy of public and then go in for kill and get good money hah!


    • 127
      Vladimir says:

      Vanyka you big fucking idiot we come straight after you with big non-negotiable cup of comyf tea one sip you agonisingly dead entirely your problem v snaetij? OK. Open to big offers.


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