Thursday 25 August 2016

More impressions of an evolving news story

According to the ever-reliable News Sniffer, the BBC finally reported the name of the suspect in the murder of Mia Ayliffe-Chungram (Smail Ayad) at around 3.30 am (GMT) this morning (some twelve hours after many other mainstream media outlets.)

It was a brand new report, and its first version said: 
"It has been reported that shouts of "Allahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is greatest" - were heard during and after the attack."
Curiously, some 35 minutes later, the article was then updated and all mentions of "Allahu Akbar" disappeared.  

The article went through two further revisions (at 4.50 am and 7.45 am), both of which also failed to mention those cries of "Allahu Akbar". 

A final revision (at 11.45 am) reintroduced reporting of those cries (over 12 hours after my post saying that the police had confirmed that the man did indeed shout "Allahu Akbar"):
(Police) have confirmed that a man shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack, but said there is no indication that radicalisation or political motives were involved.
Though still a lead story when I looked before going to work this morning - and confirmed by a commenter on the last thread who saw it in No. 2 position on the BBC News website at around 6.30 this morning - I didn't see the story when I clicked on the site at lunchtime and it had vanished back to the Australia page by 4 o'clock this afternoon.


  1. It would be jolly useful and avoid much confusion after the event if we could get the bona fide jihadist types to carry a card stating that being of sound mind and full subscription-paying members of ISIS (membership number enclosed), they do fully intend their actions to be construed as both religious & political, and certify that they have definitely not been forced into terrorism either by a poverty-stricken upbringing or by Israeli aggression.

    Lacking this obvious and practical form of ID how can any BBC journalist ever really be sure?

  2. The BBC is engaged in a grand "Taqiyya" operation in a desperate attempt to preserve its PC multiculturalist ideology.


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