Thursday, 16 September 2010

MacAskill set to face Lockerbie FBI chief

This is the headline over a report in today's edition of The Scotsman. Had it been true, it would have been quite a story. The Director of the FBI Robert S Mueller III has form in relation to Lockerbie: see eg here and here and here and here.

What in fact is happening is that Mr MacAskill is to be the opening speaker at a conference in October at which, two days later, an address is to be given by Kathryn Turman, director of victim services at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who played an important role making the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist accessible to relatives of the victims of Pan Am 103.

This is yet another example of the dreadful decline in The Scotsman's standards. As one of the readers who commented on the story says:

"I believe the Scotsman has won the 'Most misleading headline' prize for the 30th month in a row. Just when you think the Scotsman can't sink any lower; it is a dreadful shame that a mighty newspaper has been dragged into the gutter."


  1. I just saw that headline, didn't pause to read which investigative leader was being sent to grill MacAskill himself, waited to see what was said about it here ...

    My, that headline is just a bad pun, except this is no joke. And they made up "chief"entirely.

    And stripped of that, what story remains? Had to double check - that's it. A mildly interesting almost coincidence.

  2. sorry, they made up "chief" and "face."

    Minor stunt, get a few readers... gives me an idea...

  3. More evidence that you can't believe a thing you read in the papers! : )