AMANDA PLATELL: Why DID The BBC take so long to stop calling baby-killers militants?
So the BBC has finally agreed not to use the word ‘militants’ to describe the evil, baby-killing monsters who massacred 1,400 innocent men, women and children in Israel.
As the Mail reveals, from now on it will refer to Hamas as a ‘proscribed terrorist organisation’.
Just one question. What on earth took it so long?
The corporation has rightly been slated for nearly two weeks as a result of its grotesque insistence on calling these butchers ‘militants’, as if they were somehow a legitimate protest group. It has been besieged by repeated demands to describe Hamas as terrorists.
On Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Mail, no less a figure than the president of Israel issued his own withering condemnation for its failure to do so, saying: ‘I feel the BBC’s reporting is atrocious.’
Our own Chief Rabbi declared his disgust when he accused the BBC of trying to ‘wilfully mislead’ its audience by failing to use the word terrorist.
The corporation has rightly been slated for nearly two weeks as a result of its grotesque insistence on calling these butchers ‘militants’
Only after 50 MPs, including current and former ministers, put their name to a letter of complaint this week from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and only after the Board met Director General Tim Davie (pictured) did the BBC finally confirm it is changing tack
And yet the Beeb refused to budge, wheeling out that pompous windbag, World Affairs Editor John Simpson, to say reporters couldn’t describe Hamas as such because ‘terrorism is a loaded word’ and it’s not their job to tell people ‘who are the good guys and who are the bad guys’. What utter guff — the BBC described Isis, al-Qaeda, the Paris Bataclan attackers, the Charlie Hebdo killers and the London Bridge attackers as terrorists, to name just a few.
Only after 50 MPs, including current and former ministers, put their name to a letter of complaint this week from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and only after the Board met Director General Tim Davie did the BBC finally confirm it is changing tack.
And yet the BBC is still being horribly mealy-mouthed. A ‘proscribed terrorist organisation’? It just can’t call them terrorists can it?
What else would you expect from the BBC Blob, stuffed as it is with Left-leaning, self-regarding members of the chattering class?
People who exist in their own bubble, an echo chamber where they never meet anyone who does not share their partisan view of the world, let alone the millions of ordinary licence payers who pay their exorbitant wages.
I’m sorry Auntie, but it’s too little, too late.
Much excitement as Amazon announces drone deliveries will start next year to increase efficiency and drive down costs. One question? How do you tell a drone to leave parcels behind the begonias if you’re not home?
A hidden heartache
Sisterly solidarity with Naga Munchetty after she revealed she suffered years of pain and bleeding, dismissed by doctors, before getting a diagnosis of adenomyosis.
It takes guts to describe the ignominy of this little understood disease.
I know, having suffered it and been told by doctors to ‘get over it’ — only to have a hysterectomy aged 38, dashing all hopes of my own children.
Wagatha’s an own goal for Wayne
After learning his wife Coleen had plotted her Wagatha Christie trap to ensnare fellow Wag Rebekah Vardy, Wayne Rooney cried: ‘What has she done?’
After learning his wife Coleen had plotted her Wagatha Christie trap to ensnare fellow Wag Rebekah Vardy, Wayne Rooney cried: ‘What has she done?’ Pictured: Coleen and Wayne Rooney
Turned herself into a martyr, produced a ludicrous Wagfest, invaded her own husband’s privacy by revealing he’d had a vasectomy — and coined millions more from Disney+ by raking over his drunken liaisons with other women.
That’s what, Wayne!
Some sympathy for the Met cops who mistakenly swooped on a boy with a water pistol as MI5 warns of a heightened UK terror alert.
The 13-year-old’s mum says if he had not been black he would not have been accosted. Surely the police are simply trying to protect all of us, black or white, from terrorist attacks
Britney Spears says in her new memoir that she felt forced to have an abortion at 19 as her boyfriend Justin Timberlake, also 19, wasn’t ready for children.
Why would anyone want to go public with something so sad after 20 years? Especially as Justin has been married to Jessica Biel for ten of them?
Loo is Gwyn kidding?
Posing in a sheer, all-in-one, top-to-toe, red bodystocking in Bustle magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow says that now she’s in her 50s she feels liberated — ‘freed from the male gaze’.
Posing in a sheer, all-in-one, top-to-toe, red bodystocking in Bustle magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow says that now she’s in her 50s she feels liberated
Au contraire, Gwynnie. I can’t imagine a single red blooded man whose gaze would not be fixated on you. Nor a single woman who wouldn’t wonder how you manage a loo stop in that get-up.
After 30 years on Newsnight Kirsty Wark, 68, is to step down. While some may find her at times irritating, we should salute a woman who broke through the male only glass ceiling and paved the way for other female presenters.
Just Stop Oil protesters trying to block the path of a coach carrying migrants to the Bibby Stockholm barge were confronted with a driver who gently edged forwards, clearing the loonies from his path.
Just Stop Oil protesters trying to block the path of a coach carrying migrants to the Bibby Stockholm barge
JSO have now accused the driver of ‘intent to kill’. Good luck with that, as no one was even injured.
People-smuggling kingpin Hewa Rahimpur, 30, who directed a syndicate bringing in 10,000 Channel migrants, is jailed for 11 years.
Only 11 years? Given that hundreds have died attempting the crossing, why wasn’t he charged with mass murder and locked up for the rest of his life?
Low blow, J-Lo
Launching her Intimissimi lingerie range Jennifer Lopez posts on Instagram, looking hotter than any 54-year-old mum of twins has a right to. Her ensemble costs £300.
Launching her Intimissimi lingerie range Jennifer Lopez posts on Instagram, looking hotter than any 54-year-old mum of twins has a right to
Sadly for those of us without perfect abs, a pert cleavage and a limitless budget, exposing our mid-life tummies would have us scarpering back to the comfort of M&S.
The world held its breath when US President Joe Biden arrived in Tel Aviv to declare America’s solidarity with Israel.
Turning to the destruction at a Gaza hospital, he said that he was convinced ‘the other team did it’. Doddery old Joe seemingly couldn’t even remember the name of Hamas without being prompted by an autocue.
Was it wise for King Charles to appear to intervene in the conflict by stressing the importance of mutual understanding in religious faiths and urging us to ‘pause before speaking or acting to ensure we are affording equal weight to both sides’.
His pleas for a ‘kinder and gentler’ world simply sounded naive.
Memo to Charles, the next time you want to intervene in world affairs, talk to your plants.
Feels like a bleak midwinter
What is more depressing, that Christmas decorations are already in the shops, or that Ant and Dec have announced the next mind numbing series of I’m A Celebrity, due to start next month – and fresh from his stint on SAS: Who Dares To Be A Prat, Matt Hancock might make a kangaroo testicle-eating return?
Reading that mums now craft their kids’ packed lunches into works of art reminded me of my mother’s speciality — ripe bananas and Mighty White bread sandwiches. By noon in the 40c Aussie heat, sweating in my Tupperware container, they’d turn to mush.
I later discovered over-ripe fermenting bananas make alcohol. No wonder my school days were so happy
I’m overawed by JK Rowling’s commitment to her battle with the trans lobby. Yet, her fight with online trolls must take its toll. Maybe she could take refuge in producing another magical Harry Potter book – the only place left, it seems, where kindness still triumphs over malice.
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