Friday, May 26, 2006

BBC News attempt to associate racism with the Right, again

In February I posted on BBC News’s attempt to associate neo-fascism and racism with the Right.

In Belgians march to honour victims one can read the following:
Thousands of people have joined an anti-racism march in Belgium following the killing of a woman of African origin and a two-year-old child.



The gunman had earlier shot and injured a woman of Turkish descent as she sat reading a book on a bench in the city centre.

The 18-year-old suspect, believed to be a right-wing extremist, was shot and wounded by police and remains under guard in hospital.
The BBC refers to the racist killer as “a right-wing extremist”, once again an unsubtle attempt to associate racism with the Right, when he should very obviously have been referred to as a “far right extremist” (following the common practice of placing left-of-centre racists on the far right).

6 Comments:

Anonymous Rick said...

Can't he just be a loon like the 16 year old who stabbed 28 people in Berlin last night ? Then again they say his aunt stands for whatever Vlaams Blok is now called

5:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'In February I posted on BBC News’s attempt to associate neo-fascism...with the right.'

are you going to tell me that corporatism (a central tenet of fascism) is a left-wing idea???? Unless of course, you are talking about fascism in the narrow sense.

4:42 pm  
Blogger Grumpy Troll said...

What are you on about?

Are you going to tell me that statism, collectivism and opposition to capitalism and to individualism (central tenets of Fascism … and of Nazism) are right-wing ideas?

5:14 pm  
Blogger DV said...

Well argued GT!

6:15 pm  
Blogger Grumpy Troll said...

Thank you!

The cases of Fascism and of Nazism are good examples of why the political left–right scale cannot represent the existing diversity of political views. I would not say that it is flawed but that it can only be restricted to positions traditionally referred to as "far left" (communism), "left-wing" (socialism) and "right-wing" (conservatism); the term "far right" poses the particular problem which I referred to in my post, as communism is extreme socialism but xenophobic protectionism is in no way extreme conservatism.

4:32 pm  
Anonymous garypowell said...

I feel like a grumpy troll, and you have just explained very well why.

I have always understood extream right to mean classic libertarism. Which is the opposite to socialism and communism, is it not?

My understanding seems to make perfect sense, and also explains why the BBC never does.

Real classic libertarians dont exsist, so I dont know why the BBC worries about them so much.

3:02 am  

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