Tuesday, 16 November 2010

A previous royal wedding.

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Posted by The Editors [User Info] on November 16, 2010, 3:43 pm, in reply to "Re: In case you didn't hear the News!!: The engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton "

From our February 11, 2005 alert:

On ITN's main lunchtime news today, anchor Andrea Catherwood reported that 22 people had been killed in Iraq in two attacks on a mosque and a bakery. The report lasted exactly 22 seconds - one second per victim. Only the basic facts were given and the carnage was not included in a summary of the day's major stories at the end of the programme.

The 22 seconds were followed by a 5 minute 30 second report on the planned wedding of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker-Bowles - a story also covered ad nauseam yesterday. This included some six interviews, a straw poll of public opinion, and a discussion of constitutional issues surrounding the marriage.

ITN had no time to mention that three children had been killed in the attack on the Iraqi mosque alongside 40 people wounded. It had no time to mention that no less that 50 Iraqi security personnel have been killed in three massive suicide bombings this week in the wake of Iraq's fraudulent elections on January 30. You would not know from media reporting that this has been one of the country's worst weeks for violence. A police officer in Salman Pak, a town fast becoming a focus of the conflict, said:

"We have never seen such fighting." ('Eleven dead in Iraq bakery attack,' Jenny Booth, Times Online, February 11, 2005)

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The stuff above is all about an ITN news programme.
Well, I've watched the BBC's news programme today, and the BBC have made ITN look remarkably creditable - for devoting only 5.5mins to a royal engagement. Today the BBC devoted their +entire+ 25mins to a royal engagement so that there was +no+ time left for any news.

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