Presenter Sarah Montague advised David Cameron to take up his concerns with those who set BBC editorial guidelines. Unfortunately, he reckons he will. [Image: BBC].

The BBC’s motto is “Nation shall speak peace unto nation”. The BBC can’t even speak the truth to itself.

Viewers and listeners around the UK – and the world – are becoming increasingly discouraged by the fact that BBC bosses simply won’t accept the fact that the Conservative Government does not like the Corporation and never will.

They want private TV companies, owned by rich businessmen and women who support the Conservative Party; they most certainly do not want a publicly-funded, public-service broadcaster.

And they won’t change their mind, just because the BBC is trying to go soft on the Tory Government.

Cameron’s latest criticism is itself a travesty. He only started using the term ‘Daesh’ last month; he has no right to criticise the BBC.

But you can bet that he will follow through on his threat to take up the issue with the Tory supporters who set the editorial guidelines for BBC News.

And, instead of telling him where to go in the bluntest of terms, the suits will gladly leap onto the floor so he can walk all over them.

Worst of all is the fact that – while he himself has no claim on the moral high ground – Cameron is right; Daesh is not an Islamic state and has no right to be described as such.

In doing so, the BBC is contradicting its own motto and mission statement.

David Cameron has criticised the BBC again for using the term “Islamic State”, saying Muslim people would be holding their heads in despair.

The prime minister made the comments when he was asked about Islamic State by presenter Sarah Montague during an interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Monday.

“I think Muslim families around the country would have held their heads in despair this morning when once again you just called it Islamic State. You didn’t even say ‘so-called Islamic State’. It’s so important,” he said.

When Montague said he should take it up with those who set BBC editorial guidelines, he said: “I will.”

The prime minister only started using the term Daesh on 2 December, having previously talked about Isil (an acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). It was a victory for MPs who had frequently pressed him to change his usage.

Source: David Cameron criticises BBC for use of ‘Islamic State’ | Media | The Guardian

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