BBC edits out the word terrorist

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    BBC edits out the word terrorist


    The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as "terrorists", it was disclosed yesterday.

    Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC's website spoke of terrorists but the same coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply as "bombers".

    The BBC's guidelines state that its credibility is undermined by the "careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments".

    Consequently, "the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding" and its use should be "avoided", the guidelines say.

    Rod Liddle, a former editor of the Today programme, has accused the BBC of "institutionalised political correctness" in its coverage of British Muslims.

    A BBC spokesman said last night: "The word terrorist is not banned from the BBC."




    http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/07/12/nbbc12.xml
     
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    You are all over the place tonight...having a hard time keeping up..I'm worn out... running out of comments...probably a good thing thou..lol :D
     
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    The original sites of their use of terrorism can be found all over the blogs. Sorry, too tired to bother. BBC sucks along with the rest of MSM.
     
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    ROFL - well, it also helps that I'm the webmaster of a Nationally syndicated Talk Show host - and in the middle of doing the show right now.. :p
     
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    Religiously misguided souls who need our empathy, not anger. :dev3:
     
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    I assume the Rusty Humphries show!
     
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    A-a-a-a-r-r-gh!!!

    I recently used the expression "jack-slap" in a PM (NOT in reference to anyone on this board).

    Wouldn't you like to line up the entire BBC management,
    and jack-slap the hell out of them?
     
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    Acch! More PC rot from the BBC. Now I'm too disgusted to fall asleep.

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    Here's another article about the British elite media's unwillingness to call a spade a spade.

    July 12, 2005
    European Media Elite Finally Discover Terrorism
    By Tom Gross

    When it happens on your own doorstep, in very familiar settings like the London "tube" or on a traditional red double-decker bus, right alongside the site of a building where Charles Dickens once lived, terrorism seems very different than it does when innocent people are murdered elsewhere.

    Britain's first bus bombing took place barely half a mile from the BBC's central London headquarters, and for a day or so after last Thursday's multiple bomb attacks, the BBC, the influential leftist daily The Guardian, and even the British-based global news agency Reuters, all seemed to suddenly discover the words "terrorism" and "terrorist." In Saturday's Guardian, for example, one or other of these words appeared on each of the first eleven pages.

    In marked contrast to BBC reports on bombs on public transport in Israel-- bombs which in some cases were even worse than those in London, since some were specifically aimed at children, and most were packed with nails, screws, glass and specially-sharpened metal shards in order to maximize injuries--terms like "guerrilla," "militant," "activist" or "fighter" were suddenly nowhere to be seen.

    Nor--again in contrast to their coverage of Israel--did BBC correspondents, on either their domestic or international services, provide sympathetic accounts of the likely perpetrators, or explain to viewers that we must "understand" their "grievances". Instead they did what an objective news organization should do: just report on the attacks, and their atrocious nature, and on the sufferings of the victims.

    The world's premier broadcast network appeared to throw away its own ridiculous "BBC Producer's Guidelines". BBC online reports, for example, had headlines such as "Terror of passengers stuck on tube" and "London Rocked by Terror Attacks."

    BBC executives had previously insisted that for the sake of what they call "even-handedness" terrorists should not be called terrorists. Their Guidelines state: "The word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier to understanding... We should try to avoid the term, while we report the facts as we know them."

    for full article:
    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0705/gross_2005_07_12.php3
     

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