My earlier report on Toulouse featured a BBC article about the siege. For some strange reason, the BBC failed to mention its reversal of spin after learning that the killer was a Muslim, rather than a Le Pen supporter.
Our British correspondent Cyrus Spitama takes note of what the Beeb did in the following report.
BBC Reporting. Joseph Goebbels would have been proud.
by Cyrus Spitama
Anyone following to the BBC’s coverage the Toulouse shootings can’t have missed the terms ‘xenophobic’, ‘anti-immigration’, ‘far-right’, ‘neo-Nazi’, ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘anti-Semitism’ peppered liberally throughout their reports
And of course the name of Marine Le Pen has been a regular feature in the BBC’s reporting, as well as the linking Sarkozy’s move to the right to these murders.
I read in The Telegraph this morning that the shooter is a Muslim jihadist of Algerian ethnicity called Mohammed.
So I looked in on the BBC news website to see their take on it. After all, they clearly felt that ethnicities and religions of the victims were very important and relevant, so I wanted to see how they reported the background of the shooter. But predictably, they didn’t.
All they reported this morning was that the murderer “has claimed affiliation to al-Qaeda”.
Mr Sarkozy and the Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande will attend the memorial service in Montauban for the three soldiers killed in last week’s attacks.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right Front National, will also be at the service.
She is often associated with the more controversial debates on immigration and her presence will be closely observed in light of recent events, reports the BBC’s Christian Fraser in Toulouse.
The page has disappeared in the last hour but you can see it here.
Lets look at that line again:
“She is often associated with the more controversial debates on immigration and her presence will be closely observed in light of recent events…”
To paraphrase Goebbels: The BBC doesn’t let facts get in the way of their message — they just keep repeating the lie until eventually people come to believe it.