Here's a telling moment in the BBC's live blog of the unfolding events in Paris, as spotted by a commenter at Biased BBC:
The interesting phrase there is "typically hardline".
That's the only instance I can find in the entire live blog where the BBC reporters responsible (Yaroslav Lukov and Thom Poole) engage in a spot of out-and-out editorialising.
Marine le Pen's "typically hardline" positions were:
- "For the sixth time in 2015, Islamist terrorism has hurt our country. France is crying for its dead and I am crying with it,"
- "It is essential France retakes control of its borders, definitively."
- "Fundamentalist Islam must be destroyed, radical mosques closed, radical imams expelled."
All of that strikes me as being less "hardline" than President Hollande's "We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless" - though I doubt we'll ever see anyone at the BBC editorialising to that effect.
And I think it was Emily Maitlis who referred to FN the other night on Newsnight as "extremist". It's a view but not an "impartial" view.ReplyDelete