Saturday, September 17, 2005


Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Blair attacks BBC for 'anti-US bias'
Tony Blair has denounced the BBC's coverage of Hurricane Katrina as 'full of hatred of America' and 'gloating' at the country's plight, it was reported yesterday.

Blair allegedly made the remarks privately to Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, which owns the rival Sky News.
Murdoch, a long-standing critic of the BBC, was addressing the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York. Chuckling, he said: 'I probably shouldn't be telling you this' before recounting a recent conversation with Blair. He said the Prime Minister was in New Delhi when he criticised BBC coverage of the catastrophe in New Orleans: 'He said it was just full of hatred of America and gloating at our troubles.'

Bill Clinton, the former US President who was hosting the conference, also attacked the tone of the BBC coverage at a seminar on the media. He said it had been 'stacked up' to criticise the federal government's slow response.

Even if you assume for the sake of argument that the Bebe shaded things a bit to the harsh side (a charge I utterly reject -- like Truman said, they told the truth and the Bushies thought it was hell), the press could annouce that Dubya has carnal relations with ferrets -- and repeat it every day for a month -- and it still wouldn't balance out the sycophantic shilling our own press has churned out for the last five years.


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