In the week before the United States presidential election, much of the British media has been preoccupied with just two names: Ross and Brand. The BBC somehow allowed the ill-advised antics of two of its presenters to dominate the headlines and bring the entire institution into disrepute over a pre-recorded prank phone call to the nice man who used to play the waiter in Fawlty Towers. If you still don’t know what all the fuss was about you can find it on YouTube. The real concern here is not the lack of control and corporate compliance that allowed this on air but the complaisant contrition with which the corporation has responded to its critics.