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Samizdata quote of the day

The BBC seem to have (by and large) ignored this case of another bomber Lib Dem – just as they did the other bomber Lib Dem.

I wonder if they would largely ignore the case of a UKIP councillor who planted bombs?

– Paul Marks

14 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Paul Marks

    One could say the same for anti-Semitism.

    With Lib Dems anti-Semitism (when it is reported at all)is reported as someone whose compassion the Third World underdogs has led them to by critical of the “Zionist entity” (or whatever).

    If a UKIP person expressed the same anti-Semitism the BBC would present them as Nazis.

  • Mr Ed

    The BBC Wales site fails to mention his affiliation, as does the Guardian.



    Sky manage to drop it in.


    If he were UKIP, I believe that would have been mentioned in the first two sites.. …And ye shall know the truth…
    Btw links don’t close on iPad.

  • Regional

    The only bomb a UKIP member would drop is a lager bomb.

  • Lee Moore

    I googled him, and I can announce, to applause, that the Indy mentioned his party affiliation. Amazing but true.

  • Mr Ed

    An ex-SNP MSP, who became an independent, jailed for violence did have a mention of his affiliations here on the BBC site.


  • Lee Moore

    Mr Ed : “An ex-SNP MSP, who became an independent, jailed for violence did have a mention of his affiliations here on the BBC site”

    Indeed. I counted 42 sentences in this very long story. The SNP was mentioned in sentence 38. My guess is that Conservative / Tory would have appeared in the headline or within the first two sentences. Still if anyone spots a Conservative or UKIP politician being convicted of something and the party affiliation waiting for a mention till sentence 38 of a BBC story, do let me know.

  • Paul Marks

    The (now ex) Mayor of San Diego is an abuser of women – he has been for years (but he will not be doing any jail time – because he has political connections and cut a deal).

    “Typical Republican – WAR ON WOMEN”.

    Accept that the man is a Democrat (and a far left Democrat – he has awards from the top leftist groups and so on), but one would not know this by watching media reporting (when there is any).

    If he was a Republican it would be reported as the “REPUBLICAN Mayor of San Diego….”, as he is a Democrat it is reported (when it is reported at all) as the “Mayor of San Diego”.

    This is how it works – and it has practical consequences.

    For example, the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia looks like he is going to lose – and one of the reasons why is the standard SMEAR FEST “War on Women”.

    The Republican is smeared – and the real, “Progressive”, abusers of women carry on. Both verbally abusing conservative women (such as Sarah Palin and Michelle B.) in the most vile ways they can think of (including sexual scenes in television “comedy” shows – where people such as M. Cyrus are drafted in to be act the role of the conservative women the media wish to smear) and PHYSICALLY abuse women also.

    The media does not care – no more than academia (that home of “feminism”) does.

    They, the “Progressives”, are not good people with mistaken ideas – they are evil people, their actions (and inaction) prove this. And it is about time we all faced up to this truth.

  • Mezzrow

    Just title this “Name That Party!” Since we tend to house all our committed leftists in solidarity with their media friends in a single party in the USA, this exercise is a long time favorite. When we read this headline, we just need to know who and where, cause the answer is always the same.

  • Jason

    So the fellow liked blowing things up, goodness if I thought I could get away with it I’d quite like to blow stuff up as well. Albeit with a little more attention to H&S. At least a completely barking explosives nut makes a bit of a change from the smug, self-serving and often pettily corrupt suit one usually finds in local politics.

  • 16 years and counting...

    Do a BBC site search for “UKIP Councillor” and you will find this one where the UKIP affiliation is stated in the 2nd sentence

    Rutland Council chief executive may sue councillors

    and these three, where UKIP is in the title and first sentence:

    UKIP councillor Chris Pain to face no action on Facebook post probe

    UKIP councillor Eric Kitson faces no ‘racist cartoon’ charges

    UKIP councillor Matthew Smith ‘not concerned’ at election probe

  • Mr Ed

    16, very illustrative, and the Rutland Council gives material for another topic, how the Council pays for its staff to sue members of the Council (democratically elected), and the tone of the Council Chief Executive’s words.

    What could be more outrageous a charge on the taxpayer (other than fraud) than a council paying for a member of its staff to sue those elected to be part of it? Note that a councillor is part of a council, and the role of councillor is to be part of the council, not to oppose it.

  • 16 years and counting...

    By coincidence and by contrast, I’ve just happened across this recent story on the BBC website

    Sheffield City Councillor quits over unpaid rates

    No mention of his party affiliation at all. Funny that.

  • Mr Ed

    Would that be anything to do with the former Councillor’s membership of the Labour Party?

  • Paul Marks

    All good comments.