by Chauncey Tinker – 15 Oct 2017
[Hat tip to Seymour Clare for the info.]
Photo By Kyle Nishioka - http://www.flickr.com/photos/madmarv/5099200496, CC BY 2.0,
Even in the Sports section of the BBC website we can find wildly biased and divisive social propaganda, as in this recent example (from 11th Oct) of a seemingly biographical article about the American football player Colin Kaepernick:
Colin Kaepernick: From one man kneeling to a movement dividing a country
Kaepernick apparently began the recent craze among sporting stars in the US who kneel when the national anthem is played at sporting events. The objective of this gesture is to protest against the supposed racist brutality of the US police.
The article begins by quoting an Instagram post by Kaepernick:
“This is what lynchings look like in 2016.”
The article then proceeds to briefly describe the shooting of one Alton Sterling by two white police officers. Reading this brief account from the BBC it sounds almost like an execution:
It begins as two white police officers wrestle a black man to the floor.
One officer appears to cuff the man’s hands behind his back. Another, positioned by the man’s shoulders, tightly presses his head to the ground.
The same officer moves one hand away, reaching for his gun. He points it to the man’s chest, and fires.
What the article completely fails to mention is the fact that the police in this case were responding to a call from someone who said they had been threatened with a gun. What’s more the suspect resisted arrest and according to the police report was armed with a loaded gun that he was not supposed to have (due to a previous armed confrontation with police for which he had spent time in prison). Furthermore video footage of the incident shows the suspect shouting at and struggling with the two police officers. Apparently attempts to subdue the suspect with a taser had failed according to articles on the incident elsewhere on the web. For example here is a news report on the shooting:
Baton Rouge Cops Said Alton Sterling Tried to Reach for Gun During Altercation: Search Warrant
The BBC article then describes another fatal shooting by the police that footage similarly shows no evidence at all of any racist element. In this second case a police officer seems to have simply reacted when he believed the suspect was reaching for a gun which the suspect had just told the officer he had in his car.
Both of these incidents led to widespread unrest no doubt fueled by similarly biased coverage in the US media. The unrest included the killings of 5 police officers by Micah Johnson in Dallas, Texas.
Apparently three “journalists” from the BBC went all the way to the US to “investigate” for this article (have a short holiday?). Even a cursory web search reveals that they have willfully ignored all the large amount of information that is readily available on the internet about these two cases.
The article then proceeds to portray this footballer (who is clearly at best misguided and at worst possibly a bit stupid) in glowing terms.
He went to college. He studied for a degree in business management, excelled on the pitch, and opened his curious mind wide to the world.
Unfortunately his reported choice of reading material doesn’t suggest a particularly open mind as they state:
He continues to read widely – about the civil rights movement and post-colonial theory, Malcom X’s autobiography and Franz Fanon’s "The Wretched Of The Earth."
A quote from "The Wretched of the Earth":
At the level of individuals, violence is a cleansing force. It frees the native from his inferiority complex and from his despair and inaction; it makes him fearless and restores his self-respect.
The BBC article concludes by quoting a 17 year old player called Kortney Ware:
“It’s supposed to be the land of the free. But it’s not been free.”
Well, its not free for those who go around threatening people with a loaded gun, that’s for sure, especially when they resist arrest.
It is high time that the BBC was abolished or privatized or whatever (I don’t really care which as long as its gone). It is misleading huge numbers of people worldwide with its extremely biased interpretation of the news.
Black lies matter
No Bullshit – The Truth About The Alton Sterling Shooting
The full BBC radio program:
On Bended Knee: NFL Protest Special
What Is The Right Punishment For The BBC?
The BBC - British In Name Only
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