BBC ACCUSED OF SHYING AWAY FROM THE TRUTH OVER WESTGATE MASSACRE – When I first read that the Daily Mail and Government Ministers were shocked at the BBC’s refusal to use the words ‘Terrorist’ or ‘Terrorism’ when reporting on the Westgate shopping mall massacre I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.
Hello! Are Government Ministers or the Daily Mail so self-righteous in their belief that they are the only ones that can deliver the truth in a manner that is fitting for public consumption?
The fact is that not many Government Ministers are capable to telling the truth; but they certainly know how to spin it and apply a liberal coating of political correctness.
As for the Daily Mail I can’t say I dislike their style of reporting; indeed the likes of Richard Littlejohn are highly entertaining and in fact do provide a truthful and personal opinion on the subject they are writing about.
According to the Daily Mail (see full story) the BBC are refusing to use the terms ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorism’ in relation to the Westgate shopping mall massacre in Kenya, and prefer the term ‘militants’.
Here we have a classic case of a newspaper that cries out ‘journalistic impartiality’ with one breath and then ‘political correctness’ in another. Look boys you can’t have it both ways; you either tell it like it is or you molly coddle and tip toe around the subject – which is exactly what the BBC is doing.
Is the BBC at fault? Well, what would Government Minister’s and the Daily Mail of said if the BBC had used the words ‘terrorism’ and ‘terrorists’? It’s likely that some Government Minister would have vilified the BBC for producing an article that was simply stereotyping the group of assailants – in fact they might have even been called bigots or racists.
What’s in a word? Is there really much difference in ‘militant’ or ‘terrorist’? The term ‘militant’ refers to a person or group that is actively aggressive for a particular cause – which would aptly describe the group that stormed the Westgate shopping mall.
The term ‘terrorist’ is a person or group that engages in the act of frightening people in order to achieve a political goal.
It could be argued that the two are completely different or indeed similar but it is clear that both ‘militant’ and ‘terrorist’ are words that aptly describe those involved in the Westgate Shopping Mall massacre.
Does the BBC shy away from the terms ‘terrorists’ or ‘terrorism’? The fact is that the BBC appeared reluctant to use either and this may be in order to maintain journalistic integrity in order not to over-expose terrorism – who knows, ask the Editor-in-Chief.
The critics are however accusing the BBC of being ‘out of touch’ and that it should cover acts of terrorism and jihadists atrocities on a more open basis – some critics even accused the BBC of trying to cover up that the attack was in fact jihadist.
Regardless of how you personally feel it is unlikely that you’ll ever truly read an honest and open account of the events from any of the mainstream news services for fear of being labeled racists, bigots or even scaremongers.
As for the politicians, well I doubt you’ll find many of them that could actually spell the word ‘truth’ let alone utter it or promote it.
Meebal.com has been admonished a number of times for writing articles that provide a personal opinion – we’ve been accused of ‘bad’ journalism; however the truth is none of us are journalists but rather people who like to deliver the news and other topical articles without the constraints of political correctness and since none of us are trained chefs the ability to ‘sugar-coat’ an issue is also not within our remit.
When Government figures and the mainstream press finally dislodge their heads from their backsides you might, just might, be given the truth; until then expect your news to be written in a manner that is detached from human emotion and where it is liberally edited to ensure that it complies with all the indoctrination of political correctness.
Still there’s always meebal.com if you do like your news to cover the opinions of the open and honest person. They say the truth is out there but whether you really want to hear it is a matter of personal preference.