Judgement call

The BBC won’t call a terrorist an “extremist”:

A British court has called [Abu] Qatada a “truly dangerous individual” and even his defence team has suggested he poses a “grave risk” to national security.

Despite that background, BBC journalists were told they should not describe Qatada as an extremist. The guidance was issued at the BBC newsroom’s 9.00am editorial meeting yesterday, chaired by a senior manager, Andrew Roy.

According to notes of the meeting, seen by The Daily Telegraph, journalists were told: “Do not call him an extremist – we must call him a radical. Extremist implies a value judgment.”

(Via the Corner.)

But there are some people that the BBC is willing to make a value judgement about:

Extremist settlers have set fire to West Bank mosques and daubed their walls with graffiti

or:

Thousands of Israelis have held a rally in the town of Beit Shemesh against ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremism.

(Via the Corner.)

He may be a terrorist, but at least he’s not Israeli. . .

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