The usual suspects are getting exercised again about the fact that the BBC’s guidelines tell its reporters not to use the word “terrorist” as part of a factual report unless it is in the mouth of someone else. Melanie Phillips goes one better and accuses them of censoring Tony Blair’s use of the word:
The BBC’s censorship of the ‘t’ word gets worse and worse. In his statement to the Commons today, the Prime Minister repeatedly referred to terrorism. BBC Online’s account of this speech excised those references almost entirely, with only one reference in a quote to ‘the moment of terror striking’.
Perhaps she should have checked whether Blair speech is reproduced in full on the BBC website , as it is, before sounding off.