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Look Who's Talking

The Islamist terror group ISIS are said to be masters of internet propaganda and luring sad-sack half-wits to join their war in Iraq and Syria. But it turns out they don't need the internet to get their message out when they have friends like the BBC. Last week when Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi was revealed as ISIS's top online executioner, the BBC ran footage claiming he had been driven into the arms of the terrorists by MI5 harassment. The guy making the claim, Asim Qureshi of an outfit calling itself Cage, seemed a bit dodgey to me when he made the claim. There was just  something just a little "off" about him. Cage was described as a prisoners' rights organisation. The claim obviously should not have been swept under the carpet and the BBC were right to report it. Where the BBC let themselves and everybody down was failing to put the allegation in context by giving us a little background on Qureshi and Cage.  Had they done that, the allegation might have carried a lot less weight. It would only have taken an extra sentence or two in the script to raise questions about Cage's credibility.  I found it hard to believe that someone who brutally decapitates people on camera was ever really "a beautiful young man".  This was an example of the sloppy and dangerous journalism the BBC seems to indulge in all too frequently these days. It's bad enough when the presenters mis-use words and mispronounce names, which is akin to mis-spelling in the print media. But Cage allegations story is a an example of bad journalism that is going to get people killed. There are just too many sad losers just looking for an excuse for murder.

 

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