ME and Ophelia

Sunday, May 16, 2004

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The hoaxed Mirror apologised -
when will the hoaxed BBC apologise?

This morning is the first time in over two weeks that I've not woken up to the BBC screaming out headlines anti the war on terror and implying that American and British soldiers are shooting young children on purpose for nothing and are abusing Iraqi detainees for fun and games.

How strange that the BBC has all of a sudden found itself able to switch its focus and headlines onto Israel while the top headline in today's Sunday Times states "Sacked Mirror editor demands £1m payoff" - followed by a two-page spread headed: "A SCOOP TOO FAR: THE TRUE STORY".

Note how today the BBC keep their heads down on the news of a hoax, they participated in, that's destined for the history books. They relentlessly supported the hoax online: where is the apology to UK troops from the BBC, I ask myself. I guess they must be like Piers Morgan, the sacked Editor of the Mirror: too arrogant and egotistical to see the wrongdoing and incalculable damage they've caused for all UK troops in the Middle East. Why could they not stick to the allegations in writing and on air? What drove them to feel justified in showing such graphic faked pictures around the world? Ego, self-serving greed and arrogance that's what.

Some quotes printed in the Sunday Times' report:

"The regiment has seen off Louis XIV, Napolean, Kaiser Bill, Hitler and half a dozen other petty tyrants, so I don't think Piers Morgan is going to be much of a problem for us" - Lieutenant-Colonel John Downham, regimental secretary, Queen's Lancashire Regiment, on Thursday

"This idea that something illustrates a broader point and is therefore justified - when you think of the huge damage it has done around the world and particularly the Middle East - is completely unjustified" - Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former director of communications, on Tuesday

"It's time that the ego of one editor is measured against the life of the solder...His removal, hopefully, will start to mend the rupture of relations" - Colonel David Black, former commanding officer of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, Friday

"It is now clear that the photographs the Mirror published of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were faked" - Daily Mirror editorial, yesterday.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 5/16/2004
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