Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Moral Blindness at the BBC

The Daily Telegraph reports on a mind-boggling instance of political correctness run amok in the UK:

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".

Yes, God forbid any "value judgments" should be made about fanatics who murdered over 50 innocent people in the name of a totalitarian ideology of death. We can't have that, now can we? I mean, how could those who deliberately murder civilians for political ends possibly be called terrorists? This, of course, from a network that has become notorious for its sneering anti-Americanism and strong bias against Israel.

British bloggers Norm Geras and Gene at Harry's Place have more on this story. In the meantime, I can only marvel at the BBC's moral and logical obtuseness. George Orwell must be spinning in his grave.


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