No, they just flipped an ‘evil’ coin

At daft cunt Ian Dale‘s site, and at various other fucktard-infested parts of the right-wing blogosphere, the BBC is being slated for its “Why did September 11 happen?” page on its news-for-kids Newsround portal.

The offending text [now amended to something more anodyne, but which is probably still sane enough to piss off the nutters] read:

The way America has got involved in conflicts in regions like the Middle East has made some people very angry, including a group called al-Qaeda – who are widely thought to have been behind the attacks.

In the past, al-Qaeda leaders have declared a holy war – called a jihad – against the US. As part of this jihad, al-Qaeda members believe attacking US targets is something they should do.

When the attacks happened in 2001, there were a number of US troops in a country called Saudi Arabia, and the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, said he wanted them to leave.

As those of you who aren’t gibbering right-wing nutjobs might notice, while a bit simplistic, it’s all entirely true, entirely unbiased, and exactly in line with the findings of the 9/11 Commission’s own report [pdf, large].

Unfortunately, crazy bigoted hatred of one’s opponents in defiance of rational fact and sanity are almost as prevalent among Anglo-American right-wing fundamentalists as they are among Islamist fundamentalists…

A final point: the utter, utter cunts at the Biased BBC blog have been instrumental in making this non-story into a story. But in the process of doing so, they reveal something quite nasty and disturbing about their own motivations…

In a very long and boring piece about how the BBC is incredibly evil for changing the picture on one of the pages and saying it didn’t, or not changing a picture and saying it did, or something, they say “[the BBC's 'who is Al Qaeda' page is] fairly uncontroversial, though could be better written, for instance, AQ doesn’t just believe it is fighting a holy war – it is fighting a holy war, unless all those attacks are just ‘beliefs’ too“.

Traditionally, in order to ‘fight a holy war’, you need to have two sides, both of whom are trying to fight a holy war. Now, as I understand it, we’re not currently trying to fight a holy war to eradicate Islam and Christianise its people. But clearly, the Biased BBC-ites think differently…

[9/11 Commission comparison via Gavin Whendale]

4 thoughts on “No, they just flipped an ‘evil’ coin

  1. Christ, I’ve done enough posts mocking these retreads.

    To reiterate, because the BBC is funded by the licence fee, it must support and report upon the deranged culture war waged by the lunatics at Biased BBC.

    Just a sad bunch of militant reality-haters who wish that every news report consisted of Laban Tall shouting at reality to sit still and behave!

  2. dsquared says:

    [To reiterate, because the BBC is funded by the licence fee, it must support and report upon the deranged culture war waged by the lunatics at Biased BBC.]

    to add that final level of comedy, recall that at least half of them are Americans, expats, or other non-payers of the fucking licence fee.

  3. Alex says:

    Laban Tall? Didn’t somebody used to care what he said?

  4. Are you sure that’s from the BBC? It’s a bit highbrow by their standards surely?

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