When I wrote the other day
The BBC are, as ever, calling the perpetrators "militants" and avoiding the use of the word "terrorists". That may make some people feel queasy (and angry), but they are going to keep on calling them that no matter how often people like us complain about it. They think they are right to do so.
maybe I was being a bit too pessimistic.
More and more people appear to be getting angrier about it, and the criticism is spreading into the mainstream media.
Take Damian Thompson's blistering blog post in the Telegraph yesterday:
Kenya terror attack: disgracefully, the BBC still won't call these murderers 'terrorists'
Let's get this straight. There is nothing wrong with using the term "militants" to describe the al-Shabab gunmen. But they are terrorists, by any criterion, and that word should also be used.
The Beeb won't do it, however. It virtually bans the word from reporting, lest it be used "inappropriately". Many BBC journalists, who are overwhelmingly on the Left, support the causes for which armed gunmen fight in, say, Palestine. Therefore there's no question of describing Hamas as a terrorist organisation. This I can just about understand, given that Hamas is also a powerful political party, though I don't agree with the policy.
But in what universe are Islamists who spray women and children with bullets in a shopping centre not terrorists? The BBC may say: we have a rule and we have to apply it universally. This is nonsense. That's what editors are for.
But hang on. On re-reading a BBC report, I see that it does use the T-word:Kenyan officials said earlier that three "terrorists" had been killed, and that 10 people had been arrested.Those inverted commas are more contemptible than not using the word at all. And remember: you pay for this.
I couldn't agree more with that. The top-rated comment below the line sums up what seems to be the growing mood of disgust:
Amazingly, comments are allowed.
Your sentiments are entirely right. ( I remember when Palestinian terrorists held up women and children, and killed indiscriminately, yet the Left seems to support them whatever their bloody, murderous past.)
If the BBC has 'cleansed' the word in their reports this weekend, then some explanation should be expected, pretty quickly.
Have just heard the 1pm BBC Radio 2 News - no mention of Terrorists, but ten or so references to the "ISLAMIST MILITANTS"!! UNBELIEVABLE Orwellian double-speak!
Whoever wrote that news bulletin should be named and asked for some respect for all those murdered by those revolting, sick terrorists. They were not 'killed' by militants, but MURDERED by Islamist terrorist thugs.
Even a juggernaut can be turned around, and I must be less pessimistic. The BBC can be shamed out of this absurd and shameful policy the more people like us complain about it, especially if more people like Damian Thompson complain about it too. When MPs and ministers start complaining, things could start moving. I shall write to my MP.
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