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April 11, 2007


Richard Dell

Thank you for this upbeat report. A bit different from BBC R4's lead story this morning - unmitigated gloom and despair. "Every aspect of life is getting worse for the people of Iraq according to a new Red Cross report." - and don't Humphrys and Naughtie love it. But that is what we have come to expect from Auntie, these days.

Colin Meade

Posted this on my blog yesterday (the links to the cited articles are on the original post: http://cmeade.blogspot.com/2007/04/najaf-more-balance-from-bbc.html)

Najaf: more "balance" from the BBC

First line of BBC article on Monday’s ‘troops out’ demonstration by supporters of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the Iraqi city of Najaf: “Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shias have demonstrated in the holy city of Najaf, calling for US-led troops to leave Iraq”.

Headline of CNN report on same event: “Thousands join anti-U.S. march marking Baghdad's fall.” CNN give two sourced estimates of the numbers: 5-7,000 (US army) and tens of thousands (Najaf police). According to the same report: “Some of the leaflets read, ‘Yes, Yes to Iraq’ and ‘Yes, Yes to Muqtada. Occupiers should leave Iraq,’ the AP [Associated Press] reported”. The International Herald Tribune also talks of tens of thousands, clearly basing itself on the same AP report.

Fox News: “Tens of thousands draped themselves in Iraqi flags and marched through the streets of two Shiite holy cities Monday to mark the fourth anniversary of Baghdad's fall, with some demonstrators calling for U.S.-led forces to leave Iraq”.

So the BBC cites a much higher turnout than CNN and FOX, without giving any source for the figures, and suggests that the entire mighty host, rather than just some of them, were "calling for the US-led troops to leave Iraq”.

A fine example of BBC balance!


Someone needs to put a bullet right between AlSadr's eyes. He's a coward and a wimp. He's the result of his mother's having sex with a camel and enjoying it. His teeth looks like a camel's. No, the camels look better and smell better.

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