The efforts to overcome its self-admitted systemic left-wing bias appear not to have begun at the BBC. For two hours yesterday, the Beeb solicited residents of Iraq to send it tips on British and American troop movements (h/t Ace):
The request was removed from the website after it
sparked furious protests that the corporation was endangering the lives
of British servicemen and women.
But according to
accounts last night, a story on a major operation by US and Iraqi
troops against al-Qa'eda somewhere north of Baghdad contained an
extraordinary request for information about the movement of troops.
night the BBC confirmed the wording of the request was: "Are you in
Iraq? Have you seen any troop movements? If you have any information
you would like to share with the BBC, you can do so using the form
The BBC confirmed last night that this form of words had appeared on the website from "late morning" until early afternoon.
"It was down by 2pm," The Daily Telegraph was told.
spokesman was unable to offer a detailed explanation of why anyone at
the BBC should be seeking such information or whether any details on
troop movements had been received.
He refused to
identify who put the message up but said that "the journalist"
responsible had been reminded that "this is not a form of words we