Monday, August 29, 2005


I've had a go at the BBC in the past... and I'm going to have a go at them again.

This is an interesting article that draws attention to something worth drawing attention to - the fact that within Kosovo ethnic Serbs are now subjected to a fair amount of intimidation and sometimes open violence. Not on the scale the Serbs themselves inflicted on others, of course, but the bottom line is that that's not the point and we should be aware of these things happening and ask questions as regards what we can do about them.

But the phrasing of the pice suddenly seems a bit odd:

In March 2004, 19 people were killed and hundreds more injured in an explosion of anti-Serb violence in Kosovo. It was the worst violence in Kosovo since 1999, when a Nato bombing campaign ended a Serb crackdown.

Crackdown? I know it is official BBC policy to be exquisitely mealy-mouthed about these things but this seems to me to be a startlingly evasive characterisation of what the Serbs actually carried out. Pretty bloody limp in my view.

On a not-unrelated note, see this article in the Times today. I've written before of the tendency of the television news media to make strenuos assertions about supposed "overwhelming majority of law-abiding" people who "unequivocally condem" things in the face of polling evidence that suggests that, actually, they don't. Sometimes these assertions are even followed up by vox pops that make them sound pretty hollow in the first place, even while the editorial underpinning stresses that everything is just wonderful. Mostly it happens with regard to the Muslim community, but as the article notes this is actually just the most common example. You can understand the thinking behind it, of course and its not entirely reprehensible as such. But that doesn't stop it being bullshit.


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