Didn’t link to this at the time because, frankly, it was depressing and pointless, but, ah hah! somebody seems to have spoken out!
Britain’s former spy chief accused the BBC of “parroting” Al Qaeda propaganda to children as young as six.
Dame Pauline Neville Jones, who is also a former BBC governor, is infuriated at the stance the corporation’s Newsround programme took on the September 11 attacks.
She accused the flagship children’s news bulletin of feeding an “ugly undercurrent” which suggests the terrorist outrage was somehow justifiable.
Newsround is aimed at viewers aged between six and 12.
On its website it answered the question concerning 9/11, “Why did they do it” by saying: “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.”
After the public complained, the text was amended.
That’s funny, I only saw the amended version:
It now reads: “Al Qaeda is unhappy with America and other countries getting involved in places like the Middle East.
“People linked to al Qaeda have used violence to make this point in the U.S.A, and in other countries.”
This is better?
Dame Pauline, who headed the Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee and is described as the most formidable female diplomat Britain has produced, said the new version was even worse.
“It still says it’s all America’s fault, and now for daring to be involved in the Middle East at all,” she said.
“It wasn’t ‘people linked to’ al Qaeda who killed 3,000 people that day, it was al Qaeda itself.
“Osama bin Laden even boasted of the attacks. Is the BBC really saying that if you’re ‘unhappy’ it’s quite normal behaviour to murder people?