Saturday, August 26, 2006

Another BBC Spot the Difference

PA report via the Guardian:
Some 37 Labour Party members in Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett's constituency of Derby South lashed out as they quit for the Liberal Democrats.

The defectors, predominantly Muslims of Pakistani origin, included Mohammed Rawail Peeno, a Labour Party ward chairman, and Masood Akhta, an ex-city and county councillor.
Independent:
A total of 37 Labour Party members in Derby South, mostly from Pakistani backgrounds, announced that they were switching allegiance to the Liberal Democrats in protest at the Government's failure to push for a ceasefire in Lebanon.
Times:
The Derby South members, who are mostly Muslim and of Pakistani origin, were angry that the Foreign Secretary failed to back a ceasefire when violence erupted in the Middle East. The defectors include a ward chairman and a former city councillor.
ITV News:
The majority of the Derby South defectors, who are joining the Liberal Democrats, are Muslims, former Labour Party ward chairman Mohammed Rawail Peeno said.
Sun:
A total of 37 members are switching their allegiances to the Liberal Democrats in protest at Labour "mishandling" of Israel's conflict with Lebanon.

A "very high proportion" of the members from the Derby South constituency are Muslims, a Liberal Democrat spokesman said
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And now BBC News:
Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has suffered defections from her local Labour Party over her handling of the Middle East crisis.

The Liberal Democrats say 37 Labour members in Mrs Beckett's Derby South constituency have defected to them.

The defectors, who include some local Labour Party officials, are angry that the government refused to call for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon.
"Labour Party officials" - another euphemism to add to "plumber" and "British-born". The BBC's butt-clenching refusal to mention the 'M' word or certain ethnicities really has reached the point of self-parody.

Also, note the use of quotation marks in the Sun report:
A total of 37 members are switching their allegiances to the Liberal Democrats in protest at Labour "mishandling" of Israel's conflict with Lebanon.
And now the BBC, which is usually very happy to throw quotes around words it deems opinion ("terrorist" for example):
Mohammed Rawail Peeno, who was chairman of the Arboretum branch of Derby's Labour Party, said he and the other defectors were protesting against the mishandling of the Lebanon crisis... A local Labour source said the defections were about selections and "over inflated egos", not the Middle East.
Why does over inflated egos get the quote treatment whereas mishandling does not?

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