Most people in he UK trust, support and believe the BBC a lot more than they do the government.
The usual comment of the hutton enquiry is "whitewash".
I think it was a sad day, the BBC made some mistaked which they admitted to in their testimony. The government kept up their lies and even the things that they were clearly guilty of were not even mentioned in the report.
I guess it's what happens when the establishment asks an establismentee to write a report ... surprise surprise, the establishment was cleared. Many people asked where was Lord Hutton durnig the hutton enquiry and did he go to the same one that everyone else remembers.
In fact, the report was so one-sided that commentators said that it was exactly the sort of report that the govrnment would have written if it could.
The BBC is a unique institutuion in that it is free from political and commercial (also political) pressures and is also highly critical of itself. Throught the whole thing, the BBC itself reported openly on it's own failings and shortcomings, making documentaries, and allowing viewer / listener feedback.
Calling it a mouthpiece for the left just because you don't like the news it puts out is silly. The fact is it reports the news and doesn't try and manipulate the news or selectively report it as others do.
The basic facts cannot be argued with: The BBC accused the government of overhyping the threat from Iraq & Saddam and that the government dossier was sexed up to give supposed threats more prominence than they deserved based on the intelligence.
We now know that all this is true, by virtue of the fact that the information the governments was putting out WAS bogus.
Spin it anyway you want and dismiss all you like ... they told the truth, the politicians didn't like having a light shone in their faces.