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Islamic Terror in Kenya? Not According to the BBC

September 21st, 2013 - 7:42 pm

While a horrified world watches the images coming out of Kenya in the aftermath of the massacre at a Nairobi mall perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists, another less bloody but just as morally reprehensible atrocity unfolded online: the sickeningly biased coverage of the attack produced by some mainstream media outlets determined to provide cover for the jihadists.

The BBC’s lead story this afternoon was almost a study in journalistic malfeasance: an archetypal example of how left-leaning Western journalists will violate their own consciences — and the basic principles of reporting — in their relentless quest to hide the truth.

Such bias happens every day, and complaints about it happen just as often, but the sheer volume and speed of partisan reporting makes it difficult to highlight a single example. Even so, let’s pause for just a moment and dissect this typical specimen of ideological media spin.

The article under discussion can be found here — at least for now. Since media outlets often delete articles which they later find embarrassing, I can’t guarantee it will be online forever, so to preserve the evidence I took a screenshot, which you can see here.

Sections of the screenshot are pasted in below as illustrations.

How the BBC Intentionally Obfuscates the Facts

In traditional reporting, all the vital information in any news story should be featured right at the beginning, in an article’s three key elements:

  • The headline
  • The lede
  • The nut graf

Everyone knows what a “headline” is, but the other two terms are journalists’ lingo:

The “lede” in any story is generally defined as its first sentence. In a human interest feature story it’s allowable for the lede to be an anecdote or amusing observation — but in a hardcore news article like this the lede is always supposed to summarize the germane facts of the story. (The headline, of course, should be a condensed version of the lede.)

The “nut graf,” which is short for “nutshell paragraph,” is a single paragraph which gives all relevant information in a further elaboration of the lede. As expected, in news reporting the “nut graf” is always supposed to be the first paragraph of any story (although in feature journalism, which is not what we’re discussing here, the nut graf can appear later in the story).

So, what are the essential pieces of information about today’s Kenya incident? Most everyone (including the perpetrators) would agree that:

Islamic fundamentalist terrorists purposely targeted an exclusive mall in Nairobi frequented by non-Muslims in order to massacre infidels.

So: How does the BBC communicate this information to its readers in its headline? Behold:

Right off the bat, even in the headline itself, the BBC commits a litany of egregious and inexcusable journalistic errors.

The first and most obvious blunder is the missing subject. Who did what? Well, according the the BBC, an entity called a “shoot-out” committed mass murder in Nairobi. Note how there are no human actors in the headline. It wasn’t people who killed 11, it was an inanimate and leaderless “shoot-out” that killed 11.

This is a basic grammatical snafu which even freshmen journalism students quickly learn to avoid. But not the BBC, apparently.

On a second, more subtle, level, use of the word “shoot-out” implies that there were two equal combatants involved, and that therefore blame can be spread around to everyone. But as we know, it wasn’t at first a “shoot-out” — it was a group of terrorists massacring unarmed non-Muslims. (Only much later, after police arrived, did it devolve into a shoot-out.)

Since the BBC has been one of the world’s leading media outlets for nearly a century, and in previous generations set the global standard for news-writing guidelines, they have absolutely no excuse for writing a headline like that — they can’t claim “We’re new at this kind of thing” or “We’re just bloggers — cut us some slack.” No. The BBC literally wrote the book on how to write proper headlines. And if they write a poor headline like this, it must be on purpose.

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Kenya - another front in the ISLAMIC WORLD WAR.

Along with: the Philippines, Indonesia, Bali, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, India, Xinjiang, Beslan, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Uganda, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania, Cypress, France, the Netherlands, Germany, London, Scotland, Sweden, Spain, New York, Ft. Hood, Little Rock, Washington, , Seattle, Toronto, Caracas, Argentina......and on, and on....

It's not "The War on Terror" because we aren't the ones initiating it. It is THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAR because Islam is attacking us, we are on the defensive.

The war is not against a tactic, it is against an idea. The idea is Islam. The enemy is Mecca. We must face this truth.

~ The Infidel Alliance
29 weeks ago
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Islam is not a religion. It is a death worshipping cult whose sacrament is murder. How else does one explain the world wide atrocities committed by its adherents. From raping minor children in sham marriages to killing babies with rocks, from blowing up civilian airplanes to machine gunning hapless shoppers at a mall, these barbarians feel no remorse. Just the opposite, they laud the murderers, create heroes of baby killers and teach their children to slaughter without mercy any who stand in their way. They deny historical facts and wish to spread their cult like cancer through the world. The barbarians are at the gates and those elected to protect are in their pockets.
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How many Muslims in America and Britain have denounced this brutal massacre by fellow Muslims acting in the name of Islam?

They can't honestly as these terrorist murderers did exactly what Mohammad would want them to do and every non-brain dead Muslim knows it.
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Just as a comparison showing how it's supposed to be done:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/brian-and-shannon-gore_n_856502.html
21 weeks ago
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what's the problem with this violence, seems like a normal day in Chicago.


What's the problem with this violence, seems like a normal day of black thugs playing the white girl bleeds game and let me get the next white man that comes along.
29 weeks ago
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And Yanks can pressure their TV companies not to buy BBC programmes. If you care that much...
29 weeks ago
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Just stop paying your TV license. Now. Go to the bank and stop your direct debit. Now. If enough people did that...

Stop whining and DO something.
29 weeks ago
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BBC must be taking lessons from AP and Reuters. The majority of AP & Reuters "news" reports lately have relegated the who, what, where, when, and how/why to the the third or fourth paragraph. You would think every article is a feature story. And they set the standards for good journalism.
29 weeks ago
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anyone who gets their "news" from the BBC or the NYslimes or al sharpton and his supporters, or CAIR or the anti-NYPD crowd is nothing more than a slug. the level below a worm. these moslem creatures at the mall told muslims to "leave" before they started killing non-muslims, aka infidels. there are over 70 to 80 dead and hundreds wounded. but, hey, don't be islamophobic or by the same token, naziophobic.
29 weeks ago
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I attended the National Association of Brodcasters with a colleague around 2005 or so. On the way back to the airport we were in a taxi with two BBC reporters who ripped on Fox News and George Bush big time. The taxi driver vented several leftist conspiracy theories. I held my tongue, since I tend to get carried away and didn't want to vent of these fools in front of a work colleague, specially since I knew he was a moderate lefty (but he was embarrassed by the fools, and didn't say a thing about politics the whole way).
29 weeks ago
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Interesting...... These liberal "journalists" will probably be among the first beheaded when sharia law is imposed in England.
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It is not fear of Islam, but sympathy for Islam. The BBC, once dominated by communists, is now dominated by Islamist sympathizers. Suicidal Islamist sympathizers since most BBC employees are Hindu, homosexual, feminist or atheists.
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In the 80s I taught media studies - not the French kind - and made arrangements to have the news videotaped simultaneously in Australia, the UK and the US. The big surprise was how the BBC was doing the most subjective journalism. They demonised the Irish terrorists who had just blown up something - precisely the opposite to what they are doing now by playing down Islamic terrorism. And then they did a mocking story about French student riots portraying them a frisky idiots, but sigh, they are French. Sky News portrayed the Irish bomb factually while the US reported it minimally and the Aussies not at all. I first learned that the BBC was not all it was cracked up to be in 1956 when their coverage became highly nationalistic during the Suez crisis and Voice of America took up the 'balanced' middle position between the BBC and Radio Moscow.
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What is the difference between the kind of 'media studies' you taught and the 'French kind'?

And why do you think that it is justifiable for Irish terrorists to 'blow up something' as opposed to other terrorists?
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