MP's, bloggers, politicians, journalists, The Daily Mail and anyone with the slightest hint of paranoia about them has it it for the BBC these days. The Corporation's wish to have a 24 hour news service to rival that of CNN and Sky has often been ridiculed by these people who claim that there is no need for a state run news channel when we have alternative media groups who will do the job.
However, Sky news today showed us exactly why we need the BBC.
In what was a clear attempt to embarrass the BBC and show how useless they were, Sky news went with the exclusive story that Alan Johnston had won the race to be deputy leader of the Labour Party. They went with this story for the best part of an hour in what appeared at the time to be an amazing scoop over the BBC.
What transpired though was that Alan Johnston didn't win. Instead, he was beaten by the rather hopeless figure of Harriett Harman.
So well done and thanks Sky News. We know you want to show the BBC up and that in order to win over advertisers you have to show viewers that you offer something the BBC don't. And you certainly did that today.
You show us all that you report gossip, rumour and lies, not facts. I guess with Sky being part of Rupert Murdoch's empire, we shouldn't be surprised.