Saturday, 10 March 2018

Like the kid who couldn't keep the secret...

As noted by WeaselWordsBBC on an earlier thread, Nick Bryant's report on last night's BBC News at Ten began with these words about President Trump:
Like the kid who couldn't keep the secret, Donald Trump slipped into the White House press room and told reporters to expect a huge statement on a big subject. 
A typical BBC dig at the present US president. 

Still at least Nick gave his (rather grudging) blessing to the planned meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump (which I'm sure will please President Trump no end):
This is a huge gamble which offers Pyongyang a propaganda coup without much diplomatic ground work and without a guarantee of success. But all of Donald Trump's presidential predecessors have failed to halt North Korea's nuclear programme, so perhaps it's worth this dramatic new gesture. Two combustible leaders dealing with what is potentially the world's most combustible problem. Diplomacy akin to a Las Vegas title fight. The international summit of the century. Nick Bryant, BBC News, Washington. 
He returned later to say of "impulsive" President Trump that the proposed meeting "gives him a reality TV moment for the ages", but concluded:
When it comes to North Korea, [Donald Trump] believes with some justification that his unconventional approach has worked so far.
Is this the nearest a BBC reporter has come so far to actually giving the Donald some credit?


  1. Have Katty and Kru actually acknowledged it may have happened?

    1. Wow! WTF!! Surely not!!!

  2. Compare and contrast the BBC's sneering and sniping ill will with a more positive and balanced comment: the London Evening Standard editorial "Trump has confounded his critics on North Korea" acknowledges the trickiness of dealing with that regime while recognising what a remarkable turn of events it is: "But the truth is that instead of moving towards a devastating nuclear exchange, the Korean peninsular looks closer to peace than at any time in a generation.
    The leader of South Korea calls it a “miracle”. Financial markets have risen as the prospect of conflict recedes.
    An anxious world breathes a little easier. And the foreign-policy think-tanks, the professional diplomats and those who only know how to hate Trump, have been confounded."