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British Broadcast Cowardice
By Ed Driscoll · September 10, 2007 09:48 PM · Oh, That Liberal Media! · War And Anti-War

In City Journal, Stefan Kanfer writes:

Under pressure from BBC suits, a drama called Casualty recently made a chilling alteration to one of its scripts. According to reports, the show’s stars “won’t be dealing with an explosion caused by Islamic extremists in case it offends Muslims. Now the bomb will be set off by animal rights campaigners instead.”

Translation: folks like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals may be notorious for offensive demonstrations and statements. They famously dumped a dead raccoon on the table of Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor in chief, for promoting the use of fur in fashion, and threw pies at her on various occasions. But they don’t detonate bombs in subways, behead those whose beliefs are different, instigate riots and murders because of some impudent cartoons, demand special schools to preach hatred to the young, or condemn those outside their orbit as infidels. Thus, in a strange judo move, the Beeb turned the annoying but nonviolent into murderous villains, and gave the real enemy of Western civilization a pass.

It should come as no surprise, though, to see the BBC in its present state of disgrace. This is, after all, the corporation whose newsreader Anna Ford has just quit because of the Beeb’s “atmosphere of fear”; whose Newsnight presenter, Jeremy Paxman, states that his employer suffers from a “catastrophic, collective loss of nerve”; and whose editor, Peter Barron, complains about the BBC’s incessant harping on unproved global warming. It is “not the corporation’s job to save the planet,” he says. The Beeb’s future appears to be as bleak as November in London.

But the BBC is merely a reflection of the culture of the people who staff it. And remarkably, that culture as a whole is right back where it started in the 1930s.

(Sorry for the lack of posts on such a key news day; working my way through a remarkably large project or two.)

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