Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Left 50, Up 200

The BBC withdrew an open request for the public to spot the location of Coalition troops after officials objected it was endangering the troops. A BBC spokesman "was unable to offer a detailed explanation of why anyone at the BBC should be seeking such information or whether any details on troop movements had been received." The Telegraph reports:

The request was removed from the website after it sparked furious protests that the corporation was endangering the lives of British servicemen and women.

But according to accounts last night, a story on a major operation by US and Iraqi troops against al-Qa'eda somewhere north of Baghdad contained an extraordinary request for information about the movement of troops.

Last night the BBC confirmed the wording of the request was: "Are you in Iraq? Have you seen any troop movements? If you have any information you would like to share with the BBC, you can do so using the form below."

Nothing follows.


Blogger sam said...

BBC - Spying for AQ.

6/20/2007 05:37:00 PM  
Blogger mike said...

reminds me of this post and joke:

"This rather reminds us of the old joke, when a young officer – a stranger to London – was walking down Whitehall looking for the MoD. Unsure of which side of the road the building was, and seeing a fellow officer, he asked him: "Which side is the MoD on?" "Ours, I hope," the joke went.

Now, we can't even be that sure."

6/20/2007 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Jewish Odysseus said...

This is why I'm kinda hoping the Islamists kill that BBC hostage.

6/20/2007 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger Fat Man said...

Not anti-war. Just on the other side.

6/20/2007 06:33:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

This brings to mind a couple of incidents from Desert Storm in 1991.

One was “for real.” I believe it was Tom Brokaw reporting in Scud strikes on Israel. An expert explained that while the missiles were not that accurate the Iraqis could adjust the guidance systems based on where they first ones came down. Brokaw then asked the expert how the Iraqis knew where the Scuds were landing and the response was “Well, all they have to do is watch you when you report. You’re telling them.”

The look on his face was priceless when he realized that NBC was acting as a forward artillery observer for Saddam’s forces.

The other was a famous Saturday Night Live skit, in which “reporters” at a DoD news conference wearing Arab dress were asking things like “Where are your forces and can we go there and count them?”

6/20/2007 06:34:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

Come on now, no matter what the BBC has done, the correspondent is an innocent man and has a family.

6/20/2007 06:38:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...


6/20/2007 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

C'mon UK, snap out of it!

6/20/2007 07:22:00 PM  
Blogger whiskey_199 said...

Why is this happening, i.e. the BBC openly working for Al Qaeda to get British and American troops killed?

Because the BBC and Al Qaeda are on the same side. Both profoundly threatened by individualism, freedom, liberty, and social mobility of the average person, they aim to destroy the West.

Most of the BBC would be happy to work for Osama as slaves, if only the West and it's horrid individualism, liberty, freedom and upward mobility could be destroyed.

6/20/2007 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Utopia Parkway said...

Re: BBC correspondent Alan Johnston:

He hasn't been released yet, even after statements from Hamas that he would be released last Saturday. This brief article suggests that Hamas really really wants him released (or at least they really really want us to think that they want him released):

Member of clan holding Johnston killed

The ironies regarding the hostage held by Hamas, Gilad Shalit, are mind-boggling.

6/20/2007 08:57:00 PM  
Blogger rickl said...

“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”
—William Tecumsah Sherman, 1863

6/20/2007 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger ADE said...

The UK Government is pathetic.

If it had the balls it would fire the entire board of the BBC.

The devil take the hindmost.


6/21/2007 04:23:00 AM  
Blogger Weary G said...

[i]"Come on now, no matter what the BBC has done, the correspondent is an innocent man and has a family."[/i]

I am not going to wish anything on this man, and I think its rather harsh to do so, but it does bring up an important point:

If and when a news organization takes the side of the enemy, what then are we to think and do? Biased reporting is bad and damaging enough (and one can make a case that those things ARE siding with the enemy) but when they are actively trying to garner intel for the enemy, what then? And when they enter that phase, if they have not done so already, can someone who is in their pay and participates in their enemy-allied activities be called "innocent"?

Yes, it does lead to some really uncomfortable lines of thought, but we have brought here, haven't we?

6/21/2007 05:16:00 AM  
Blogger Fen said...

/rgr that, 6 digit grid for BBC follows... fire for effect

6/21/2007 07:10:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Grynch said...

The 90+% of journalists who are far-left liberals ruin the reputations of all the journalists.

They decry any infringement on their free-press rights when they want to reveal the details of the government's latest terrorist surveilance program, but won't say a word against their twin heroes Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro when they shut down opposition news channels or round up and jail dissident journalists.

Whenever I think we may lose the great war between civilization and the islamofascists, my one cheerful thought is that at least Katie Couric will be forced to wear a burqha.

6/21/2007 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Amir Ali Tayyab said...

I request MODERATORS to remove BELMONT CLUB's abuses against me

As long the abusive content against me online at will remain at the blog of Belmont Club, this blog of mine against them will continue as a protest. As soon that is removed, it will be removed accordingly.

Amir Ali Tayyab

6/26/2007 08:32:00 AM  

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