Wednesday, April 11, 2007

"Too positive" for the BBC

From the Telegraph, via Power Line:

Amid the deaths and the grim daily struggle bravely borne by Britain's forces in southern Iraq, one tale of heroism stands out.

Private Johnson Beharry's courage in rescuing an ambushed foot patrol then, in a second act, saving his vehicle's crew despite his own terrible injuries earned him a Victoria Cross.

For the BBC, however, his story is "too positive" about the conflict.

The corporation has cancelled the commission for a 90-minute drama about Britain's youngest surviving Victoria Cross hero because it feared it would alienate members of the audience opposed to the war in Iraq.

Setting aside the temptation to use this as a springboard for yet another round of "Bash the Biased BBC"--the move makes a great deal of sense, when you think about it. After all, they've already alienated everyone in the audience who supports the war; if they alienate the war opponents, who will they have left to broadcast to?


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