Friday, March 24, 2006

More language infidelity

BBC headline today:

Wife "thrilled" at Kember release

Released? Why all the kudos to the British special forces, then?

I noted it the other day, but for an organization whose business is communication, the BBC has a strangely difficult time using words properly.


Blogger Stephen said...

Haven't you heard, Scott? The coalition forces were to blame for the kidnapping in the first place:

We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq. The occupation must end.

Anyway, there were no special forces: it was all spin:

"The British embassy clearly wished to make this appear as a military operation, emphasizing that U.S. and British forces took part. Foreign Minister Jack Straw said, "It followed weeks and weeks of very careful work by our military and coalition personnel in Iraq, and many civilians as well." Mmm-hm. No shots were fired, the captors were not around. This was a negotiated release. For which I am deeply thankful."

I won't link to the moonbat who came up with that...

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no!

The stars & stripes specials never got any mention on the BBC!

How rude and downright annoying ol' chap!

After all the Americans protect the universe from villains!

3:55 AM  
Anonymous Naomi said...

Strange. I thought the Americans were the villians. They started the whole business.

3:16 PM  

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