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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Mark Steyn in the Jerusalem Post

Chalk it up to multiculturalism
Let me see if I understand the BBC Rules of Engagement correctly: If you're Robert Kilroy-Silk and you make some robust statements about the Arab penchant for suicide bombing, amputations, repression of women and a generally celebratory attitude to September 11 – none of which is factually in dispute – the BBC will yank your show off the air and the Commission for Racial Equality will file a complaint to the police which could result in your serving seven years in jail.

Message: This behavior is unacceptable in multicultural Britain.

But, if you're Tom Paulin and you incite murder, in a part of the world where folks need little incitement to murder, as part of a non-factual, emotive rant about how "Brooklyn-born" Jewish settlers on the West Bank "should be shot dead" because "they are Nazis" and "I feel nothing but hatred for them," the BBC will keep you on the air, kibitzing (as the Zionists would say) with the cr me de la cr me of London's cultural arbiters each week.

Message: This behavior is completely acceptable.
So, while the BBC is "investigating" Kilroy-Silk, its only statement on Paulin was an oblique but curiously worded allusion to the non-controversy on the corporation's website:

"His polemical, knockabout style has ruffled feathers in the US, where the Jewish question is notoriously sensitive."

"The Jewish question?" "Notoriously sensitive?" Is this really how they talk at the BBC?
Read it all.