Columinst Simon Jenkins accuses the BBC o aiding and abetting terrorism
Simon Jenkins, a columnist for the Evening Standard and the Guardian, lambasted the Newsnight “special” for dropping their original political agenda in exchange for an analysis into the details of how the attack unfolded.
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Shortly after Richard Barrett a former MI5 official urged Britain to try and “reduce the impact of terrorism”, an angry Mr Jenkins went on to accuse the BBC for accusing the impact of terrorist attacks.
Mr Jenkins told Newsnight’s Evan Davis: “The BBC today has made the choice. They’ve opted, if I may say so, with the terrorist.”
In a bid to defend his programme Mr Davis protested that “you can’t ignore it” the terror attacks.
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But refusing to take back his accusation, Mr Jenkins said: “No one suggested you ignore it.
“That’s what you always say when someone like me protests about how much publicity you give these incident’s.
“You have a choice of prominence and the prominence you’ve given it is aiding and abetting terrorism.”
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Evan Davis insisted that the BBC could not ignore the attacks
Mr Barrett, the CEO of Global Strategy Network insisted that “these type of attacks cannot be prevented completely”.
But the main way to reduce terrorism will be to reduce its impact as the terrorists will “find something else” to do.
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