July 12, 2005

BBC Reluctant To Use The Word "Terrorist" - Even For An Attack On London

From Telegraph:

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.

This is simply outrageous. As far as I am concerned, I do not need to "understand" anything about Al Quaida, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc. other than (a) were they responsible for a particular attack and (b) where can we send the airstrike.
The "institutional political correctness" at the BBC and Mainstream Media provides moral equivalence where none, in fact, exists. No matter what your political grievance may be, there is no justification for the intentional targeting and killing of innocent men, women and children. These groups are not "freedom fighters". They are mass murderers. If the BBC and Mainstream Media is concerned about offending those who think that they are freedom fighters, then I believe that their concern is misplaced. Any one, who supports these groups, is not fit to live in civilized society.
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