Tributes, tributes everywhere...well, almost
Today the BBC has put up a page on its website soliciting reader tributes to Mr. Cook. This is in keeping with BBC practice anytime someone of public note and respect dies. The request is pretty much always the same: "So-and-so has died. Send us your tributes". Public figures ranging from the Queen Mother to Spike Milligan and from Susan Sontag to King Hussein of Jordan have all had their own BBC page dedicated to "tributes" solicited from readers. It is pretty standard fare.
Except, of course, when an American politician of whom the BBC does not quite approve happens to die. Last year, when Ronald Reagan died, the BBC, apparently unable to bear the thought of a tribute page to RR, just couldn't help itself from making a subtle change to is usual request:
Send us your reaction to news of Ronald Reagan's death.No bias at the BBC, though, right?