Monday, June 1, 2009

BBC offers £30,000 and an apology for Question Time 'slur' on Islamic leaders over anti-war protest

Apology for one and not the other: Charles Moore's words compared to Hazel Blears's letter

Grovel. Snivel. Whine. Beg forgiveness. Again. Please don't sue me master. I'll be good.
But this sort of submission to the slightest hint of possible controversy is nothing new for the Beeb. Having a number Muslims in some of it's highest positions may have something to do with the Beeb's chronic cowardice in the face of Muslim displeasure about anything.

Way to go Beeb. Don't forget to wait for the cuff on the back of the head from your Muslim masters.


BBC offers £30,000 and an apology for Question Time 'slur' on Islamic leaders over anti-war protest
By Paul Revoir and Abul Taher

The BBC has offered to pay £30,000 and apologise to the Muslim Council of Britain after airing claims that it encourages the killing of British troops.
The Corporation caved in after a panellist on the Question Time TV programme accused the country's most influential Muslim organisation of failing to condemn attacks on soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The broadcaster was threatened with legal action over comments by former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore during a debate about Islamic protests which marred a soldiers' homecoming parade in Luton.

Mr Moore blamed the MCB's leadership for its apparent reluctance to condemn the killing and kidnapping of British soldiers overseas. He went on to claim that it thought it was a 'good thing' to kill troops.
Faced with the threat of a writ, the BBC made an offer of 'amends' and an apology on the Question Time website. But this has been rejected and the MCB is demanding an apology on air.

The Corporation's decision to pay out will raise eyebrows in Whitehall, where ministers have refused to settle a similar defamation claim over a letter written by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.