In February there was an infamous interview on the BBC Andrew Marr show when Alastair Campbell got a bit upset. One of the main reasons was that Marr was exaggerating the Iraq casualty figures saying 600,000 died according to "internationally accepted UN figures".
The BBC's "mistake" on that is confirmed here in response to a complaint :
Thanks for your e-mail regarding 'The Andrew Marr Show' as broadcast on 7 February.How on earth did Marr make this mistake ? Was he let down by researchers ? Did he just make it up ? Given the total untruth of the allegation (the UN has never given official casualty figures for Iraq as far as I can see) this is a serious inaccuracy.
Firstly, I should apologise for the delay in getting back to you. We realise that our correspondents appreciate a quick response and I'm therefore sorry that you've had to wait on this occasion.
Your issues were raised with the Editor of 'The Andrew Marr Show', Barney Jones, who has advised that Andrew was incorrect when he attributed the estimate of 600,000 casualties to the UN. He was in fact referring to a widely quoted survey undertaken on behalf of Britain's most prestigious medical journal, 'The Lancet'. During the interview, Andrew said that "an awful lot of people died". And when Alastair Campbell questioned the exact number, he repeats that phrase, saying again that "an awful lot of people died". Andrew also says during the interview that we will never know how many would have died had the invasion not gone ahead. There are many different estimates of the number who died, and we will never know the precise figure.
Barney Jones is grateful for the feedback which helps the production team enormously when they are planning future editions of the programme.
I can assure you that your complaint has been registered on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that's circulated to many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers.
Thanks again for taking the time to contact us with your feedback.
Its sadly typical of the BBC to come up with such stuff on Iraq, they really can't get over the Hutton inquiry it appears. Pathetic.