26 April, 2011


Being economical with the truth

The 18:00 Radio 4 news this evening reports extensively on Muslims Against Crusade's plans for a demonstration against the royal wedding, or more precisely a demonstration about assorted Islamic grievances, using the event as a hook, which they wish to hold outside Westminster Abbey this coming Friday. At the end of the report it adds insouciantly, "It's thought the English Defence League will also hold a protest".

Oh yes. So the EDL are planning to protest against the nuptials of Kate and Wills are they? Unpatriotic far-right siegheiling bastards, eh?

What has actually happened is that a tentative proposal was floated within the EDL rank-and-file for the EDL to take on any MAC demonstrators that turn up in London. This proposal was rapidly talked out as being dangerous and counterproductive.

As Edmund Burke put it,
Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case whatever: but, as in the exercise of all the virtues, there is an economy of truth. It is a sort of temperance, by which a man speaks truth with measure that he may speak it the longer.
After all, has the BBC actually told any untruth on this occasion?

No, it's all in the omission. They're good at this, they've been doing it with statistics for years, after all...

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