The Beeb, the War and Mother Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan has reportedly been a bit frustrated of late that press coverage has been trumped by hurricanes. She must be comforted to see that the BBC still considers her newsworthy for managing to get herself arrested in front of the White House. I have yet to see the Beeb take note of her partners in protest or her demonstrably extremist views [quoting Cindy Sheehan]:

“One thing that truly troubled me about my visit to Louisiana was the level of the military presence there. I imagined before that if the military had to be used in a CONUS (Continental US) operations that they would be there to help the citizens: Clothe them, feed them, shelter them, and protect them. But what I saw was a city that is occupied. I saw soldiers walking around in patrols of 7 with their weapons slung on their backs. I wanted to ask one of them what it would take for one of them to shoot me. Sand bags were removed from private property to make machine gun nests.”

Were she backed by neo-Nazis, would the Beeb care so little? Only one or two elected officials have been willing to show their faces with this crowd, but the Beeb doesn’t see the need to inform us of this. Katty Kay can keep us apprised of the latest anti-war developments but let’s keep Mother Sheehan’s coverage warm and fuzzy.

Hat tips: The Corner and Google (–for any ambitious BBC researchers out there!)

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17 Responses to The Beeb, the War and Mother Sheehan

  1. Jack says:

    I saw that episode and noticed the appearence of sky news also. I found it amusing. Spooks is, I think contracted to a private production company, so just as the Simpsons pokes fun at Fox, the spooks team might be doing the same. Either that or there is some internal war going on at the beeb, which would not only be enterntaining, but might also results in its destruction- not likely i know- but one can only hope.


  2. Teddy Bear says:

    O/T In true Vicky Pollard style, the BBC tries to counter criticism by Ofcom of its 7/7 coverage.

    BBC attacked over 7/7 coverage

    The BBC expressed regret for showing the footage, saying in the rush to get the news to air it had not checked the contents of the tape thoroughly.

    Yeah But…….. They were in a rush to get the news out!

    Earlier this month, the BBC director of news and current affairs, Helen Boaden, defended the corporation’s coverage of the London bomb attacks, saying it had stayed with initial reports of a power surge because it wanted to “check things out”.

    “Some of our competitors talked immediately of 90 dead. They talked about three bus bombs. That was off a range of various wire services and it was complete speculation and we wouldn’t go with that. We would be careful – we would try to check things out.”

    No But…….They wanted to check things out first!

    [Teddy Bear, I’ve trimmed your quote to the essentials – anyone who wants to read it all can click on your link. Please do it yourself next time. Thank you.]


  3. JohnR says:

    Sky News, that’d be Rupert Murdoch’s gang, right? They play rough.

    No wonder Lachlan Murdoch fled back to Australia — trying to keep the senior executives at the New York Post under control is enough to test anyone’s patience.
    New York’s posh and exclusive Soho House is still abuzz at the fisticuffs involving Editor in Chief Col (Bruiser) Allan, his No. 2, Colin (Sting Like a Butterfly) Myler and another Aussie hack from a News Corp. newspaper.


  4. richard says:

    president bush calls for less driving by federal officials to preserve gas.
    as a right winger my reaction is tax the bloody thing.


  5. Big Mouth says:

    Here’s yet more bias from we all know who:

    Israel has continued air strikes on the Gaza Strip, hours after Palestinian militant group Hamas announced that it was ending rocket attacks on Israel.

    And here check out what it really means:
    From Debka

    Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar announced Sunday night his group would stop missile and other attacks on Israel from Gaza.
    DEBKAfile adds: the statement was made under pressure from Egyptian officers in Gaza and refers only to attacks from that territory. The Hamas leaves itself free to mount attacks from the West Bank and inside Israel. This license was implicitly endorsed by the Egyptian delegation.


  6. Socialism is Necrotizing says:

    Is the BBC now fully behind Brown to be next PM?


  7. Socialism is Necrotizing says:

    because, this is how the Telegraph report the same speech

    “Yes, but where is the money to come from? Gordon Brown’s impassioned speech to the Labour conference yesterday was a strange cross between a fire-and-brimstone sermon and an MBA thesis. After such a performance, which touched on everything from slavery to globalisation, one is left with a nagging sense of worry”

    any chance of a little balance from the pasty marxists at Bush House.


  8. Frank P says:

    S is N

    >”Analysis by Nick Assinder”< Analysis? Assinder the 'Anus-lick-his' sense I assume? Pure agitprop! What a prospect - a choice of Prime Minister at the next election between the Calvinist closet communist Brown or the cynical chubby clown Clarke. Do the Australian government still do those £10 assisted passage emigration deals for the Brits? We'rrre aw dooooomed!


  9. Pete_London says:

    Socialism id Necrotizing

    Strewth, just have a look at the photo of Tax & Waste Brown with that article! Has he risen? Is he the anointed one? I don’t know what it is but I certainly see a halo bathing his head in its warm glow. I’m no tech head and have no idea if it’s been touched up, but I think we have yet another example of the infamous BBC News Photo Editor at work.


  10. Pete_London says:

    I’m sorry, I have to say that photo is hilarious. It’s so contrived, so laughable, I just can’t stop looking at it for another giggle. There are some things you just cannot parody.


  11. DumbJon says:

    That photos fantastic! It’s like the whole of the Beeb has finally gone over the parody event horizon.


  12. espresso says:

    Can someone tell me when Spooks starts featuring Foz News, then I might start watching it.


  13. Broken Biscuit Company says:

    Saint Gordon of Glasgow, the one eyed PM in waiting.

    The picture portrays him more like a baby waiting for his next spoonful of state funded processed baby food.

    (in a Homer Simpson voice) Mmmmmmmm, state funded baby food.


  14. Ritter says:

    More biased BBC Brown photos

    “He’s such a funny guy – almost human”!!! Brown for PM!

    I like laugh and joke, says Brown


  15. Ritter says:

    Bet you never thought you’d see this headline on BBC News:

    Labour ‘should learn from Bush’

    “Labour should turn to George Bush’s Republican party for inspiration about how to boost party membership, Europe Minister Douglas Alexander has argued.”

    What? But Bush is dumb like all Americans! How did he boost support?

    “Work and Pensions Secretary David Blunkett warned the Republicans had also “built coalitions with extremely nasty people”.

    “nasty people”? Oh yeah, Bush built a coalition with er Blair over Iraq. Unless the Beeb are referring to the US administration coalition er um…no that’s Germany isn’t it? Quick..get back on topic – can’t mention Boosh without mentioning Iraq…what about Iraq?…..

    “Iraq factor?

    And he warned that government ministers had to be careful they did not get so enmeshed in the minutiae of policy and the daily grind that they did not inspire other people to vote.

    But Jane South, a delegate from Keighley CLP, said the Iraq war had “caused a massive haemorrhage of support” from Labour.”

    Ahh thats’s better. Baad Boosh, Iraaq was wroooong!


  16. england says:

    Now where have I seen that smile before?