Monday, February 06, 2006

Yet More BBC Bullshit

From today's Midday News on BBC Radio Five Live.
Alan Robb: I wonder how generally people are reacting to this?

Paul Henley (in Copenhagen): Well, they are amazed, really. Open-mouthed with astonishment. They say can a bunch of cartoons that nobody was particularly interested in from a fairly reactionary right-wing paper that hasn’t got a... y’know... how can it possibly come to this? A lot of people obviously support the idea of free speech and they stand by the paper’s stance but they don’t agree with publishing the cartoons. They think they were unnecessary and muckraking basically. The general consensus among Danes that I talk to? Disbelief
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From yesterday’s Scotland on Sunday:
According to a poll taken among 1,047 Danes last week, 57% of the nation supports Jyllands-Posten's decision to publish the cartoons, while 31% disagrees.
And what was Henley going to say about the "reactionary right-wing paper" when he suddenly checked himself? I'm guessing he was ready to repeat the lie that has taken hold within the pro-censorship left that this was some little neo-fascist newspaper with a tiny circulaton. As Scott Burgess pointed out in his fisking of Fisk on Saturday:
Weekday readership of Jyllands-Posten is 562,000, or more than 10% of the entire Danish population.
I can't be bothered to look up the BBC's charter but I'm pretty sure it doesn't say "Lie about stuff to protect Islam".

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