Sunday, March 12, 2006

Iraq not ‘a mess’ because minister says so

BBC News has published the story Minister admits Iraq is 'a mess', of which even the title reeks of bias: the use of the term admits implies that Iraq is “a mess”, that this is fact and not Kim Howells’s opinion. The BBC should have worded the title as has Iraq a mess, says minister Howells. The latter title in no way implies that Iraq is “a mess” and makes it clear that it is minister Howells’s opinion.

Besides, why does BBC News report on the mental scars of war, supposed drift towards civil war and the increase in Iraqi rights abuses, and not on the positive stories such as the fact that it was the Iraqi army that kept peace on the streets?


Anonymous JohnOfBorg said...

What an excellent blog!

I think the title for this article could make the BBC connection a bit clearer though.

Maybe I'm just being anal, but the list of previous articles that all begin 'BBC does this...', 'BBC does that...' etc is quite striking. Seems like a shame to break the formula.

Thanks for a great blog dude - I appreciate the effort!

2:04 am  
Blogger Serf said...

Good stuff on the cultural wars. The BBC is very good at talking up the EU as well and pretending that all Eurosceptics are looneys or far right.

12:45 pm  
Blogger Grumpy Troll said...

Thank you both for your kind comments.

JohnOfBorg, I was wondering whether the few visitors I have were tired with the title formula, so I gave the post a title like that of the reports on Biased BBC. I shall be sure to use the clearer title formula again in future posts.

4:03 pm  
Anonymous alison said...

Great anaylsis Troll. We hear no positive stories. Through the Looking Glass (blog address chez moi) often posts some wonderful images which youll never seein the MSM. I think the media is so eager for civil war, its propensity to egg it on is truly dangerous. As is its coverage of alleged abuse.

9:03 pm  

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