Thursday, March 19, 2009

Media gems - Tim Franks of the BBC collects clichés and calls the result a diary

If you want to do the same, here is the recipe:

  • Deny that the place has a tradition which it obviously has (cartoons, in this case): "But in the Middle East, there has not been much of that tradition."
  • Use a simplistic argument to explain your false claim. Religion is what works best: "Islamic tradition has discouraged figurative depiction of human beings; in Judaism, pictures are used only sparingly."
  • Now, finish by insisuating that a pro-US dictatorship is better than other dictatorships. In order to do that, what better than an unverified claim by someone from the region? "At least, he said, Jordan is in a "much, much better situation" than Syria, among other Middle Eastern countries. "

The piece of junk is here:

P.S.: I am among those who responded to that article. The BBC published it on that page.

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