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Islamic Terror in Kenya? Not According to the BBC

September 21st, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Before we get to the “Why?” part of the analysis, let’s continue on to the BBC’s lede and nut graf. Surely they conveyed the crucial information the world needed to know — right? Hmmmmm:

Neither the lede, nor the nut graf, nor the two subsequent paragraphs mention terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, the reason for the attack, that non-Muslims were targeted, nor any other of the truly germane facts about the incident.

Instead, a bizarre and inaccurate outlier quote about the attackers being “armed criminals” is highlighted. Why? There can be no other explanation other than the BBC is trying to obfuscate the facts.

Studies have shown that most news consumers only read the headline; the few that continue on to the body of the story only read the first paragraph or two. Only a small percentage of news consumers get further than that into the full text of the article. And it is this key detail that the BBC is relying on. They purposely suppress the crucial information from appearing in the headline, in the lede, and in the nut grafs, knowing full well that most people will stop reading after that point.

Right around this stage in the article the BBC changes gears, and having successfuly hidden the truth from the majority of its readers, it enters into what might be termed “cover our ass” mode, in which little by little, in inverse order of importance, they leak out the actual facts, so that if their deception is later noted and criticized, they can claim that they did reveal the truth, albeit later in the report.

Thus, the subsequent paragraphs once again fail to mention Islam or terrorism, but start flirting with the facts:

Here, we finally get the terms “Al Qaeda” and “Al-Shabab” and “Arabic,” but stop short of actually describing the ideology or motivation for the attack.

Then, predictably, there is a photo interrupting the narrative, which the BBC editors assume will drive away the few remaining readers, and only after this interruption, in the eighth paragraph, is the only important fact revealed:

In traditional news style, an article is supposed to be structured as a metaphorical “pyramid” of information, with the most important facts stated as concisely as possible at the very top, and with each sentence more details and more elaboration are added.

But in the postmodern BBC “biased reporting style guide,” the pyramid is intentionally inverted, such that the details you want to obscure are hidden so far down in the article that no one will notice them. The only reason to include these details at all is so that, if later criticized, you can truthfully claim that you reported “all the facts.”

The rest of the BBC article confirms this inverted structure, as much later they finally get around to mentioning the word “terrorism.”

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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
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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
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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.
1 year ago
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And Yanks can pressure their TV companies not to buy BBC programmes. If you care that much...
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
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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.
1 year 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).
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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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