Dear Ms Boaden
I am not writing to join the chorus of complaints about the treatment of Jody McIntyre on your news programmes last night and again this morning. I believe in freedom of speech and in independence of editorial judgement and if your journalists choose to exercise that freedom and that judgement by treating as a hostile witness a wheelchair user suffering from cerebral palsy who has uncontestably been violently assaulted by the police in the course of his peaceful protest that is their affair and yours. There is increasingly a consensus that all journalism comes with an agenda and the best we can do is make that agenda explicit. If that is the BBC's news agenda it is undoubtedly best to have the matter out in the open.
However, this morning's BBC Breakfast News was the second time that one of your current affairs programmes attempted to conduct an adversarial interview with Mr McIntyre. For the second time, Mr McIntyre had the clear upper hand throughout the exchange. Without putting too fine a point on it, his appearance this morning was the second time he ran rings around your interviewers and left them looking not merely callous but absurd.
Your current affairs programming is rightly considered amongst the finest in the world, "noted" (as the BBC website puts it) "for its in-depth analysis and often robust cross-examination". It is trusted to report the news and in so doing wring the truth from politicians and CEOs in the name of the license fee payers it serves.
Your interviewers just got hammered, twice, on their own turf, by a guy in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy they were trying to patronise. So I am writing to inquire - just so we know whether to take your programmes seriously in future when we see you try to do the whole "talking truth to power" thing and taking down some criminal mastermind or corrupt official - who you've fired and what's going to be different next time?