Media: Bush a Terrorist; London Bombers Not
Prominent economist and political commentator Julianne Malveaux told Sean Hannity yesterday that the United States is “a terrorist nation” and that “George W. Bush is evil. He is a terrorist. He is evil.” Meanwhile, the BBC removed the word “terrorist” from a story about the London bombers, for fear of appearing judmental of those who murdered 50 or more of their countrymen and wounded hundreds of others.
Semi-regular USA Today columnist Julianne Malveaux said Monday that President Bush is “a terrorist” and that America is “a terrorist nation.”
In an interview that began with Malveaux accusing U.S. troops of “beating” terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the controversial author and economist told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity: “Terrorism in the United States is as old as we are. You want me to give you a litany of terrorism? You want me to start with what’s happened to the Indian population? You want to go on to what happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921?”
“C’mon now, Sean,” Malveaux told Hannity. “We are terrorists.”
Asked point-blank if the U.S. was a “terrorist nation,” Malveaux shot back: “Oh, Absolutely.”
“You know they weren’t there. I know they weren’t there,” she told Hannity. “George W. Bush is evil. He is a terrorist. He is evil. He is arrogant. And he is out of control.”
BBC edits out the word terrorist (Telegraph)
The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as “terrorists”, it was disclosed yesterday. Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC’s website spoke of terrorists but the same coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply as “bombers”.
The BBC’s guidelines state that its credibility is undermined by the “careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments”. Consequently, “the word ‘terrorist’ itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding” and its use should be “avoided”, the guidelines say.
An interesting juxtaposition, to say the least.