Friday, 7 November 2008

Why Doesn't The BBC Use The D-Word?

Disgraced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will not face charges over his part in a prostitution scandal. Out of interest, which party did he represent? Oh, here it is, tucked away on the profile link. But why use such vague words like : "His governorship marked a prize win for the Democrats, as the office had been in Republican hands since 1994" and "As a politician, Mr Spitzer was seen as a rising star of the Democratic Party" ? Oh he is a Democrat. I thought only Republicans could be involved in scandals. This is what the BBC wrote in its Sarah Palin profile updated on 5 November:

"Mrs Palin was also revealed to be under investigation by state lawmakers over alleged abuse of power.
She was accused of violating ethics rules when she fired the state's top law enforcement official, allegedly because he refused to sack her former brother-in-law. Mrs Palin denies any wrongdoing."

And this is what the New York Times wrote on 3 November:

"ANCHORAGE — A report released on Monday by a state board found that Gov. Sarah Palin did not apply improper pressure to try to dismiss a state trooper who was her former brother-in-law and did not violate state ethics laws in the firing of her public safety commissioner."

I couldn't find a similar report on the BBC News website. Why?

It makes me wonder what the 175 extra BBC journalists were actually doing in the USA* - it would appear they were certainly not reading the online editions of the major newspapers. At least Adam Smith or Steve Zackaranda, formerly of the Birmingham Post group, was honest about his journalistic endeavours/ cutting and pasting from the BBC in his tired and emotional Youtube resignation video. With thanks to The Daily Pundit.

*very nicely, thank you.

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