Tim Blair


New Criterion



Wednesday, June 09, 2004
BIASED-BBC's Natalie Solent blogs at length on the BBC's queasiness over mentioning the religious angle to the attempted murder of BBC reporter in Saudi, Frank Gardner.

Gardner shouted "Help me. I'm a Muslim" when he was shot. No-one helped. The Saudi street is al Quaeda territory.

She also notes how Islamic 'militants' can mutate to 'terrorists' in BBC reports when the victims are British.

when the acting Israeli ambassador to Britain Zvi Rav-Ner used the word "terrorist" the BBC paraphrased it as "militants". They did not say they had done so; in effect putting words he did not say into the Israeli ambassador’s mouth. In contrast, in "Manhunt after attack on BBC crew" the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sherard Cowper-Coles, is quoted thus:

Sherard Cowper-Coles said the area had seen "a number of clashes" between security forces and terrorists.

Sound familiar?