October 26, 2006

Watching Them Shoot At His Own

BBC reporter David Loyn has become an embedded journalist with the Taliban in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, as the terrorists square off against British forces in the region.

I find it quite troubling that a British news organization would send a reporter to embed with those forces attempting to kill their fellow countrymen, and I find it equally troubling that Loyn would accept such an assignment.

I can't imagine Scripps Howard sending Ernie Pyle to report from behind German lines in North Africa, or the Associated Press sending Joe Rosenthal to report from a palm-log bunker on a Japanese island fortress, but perhaps those were more idealistic times where one might expect a nation's news organizations to actually support their own side in a war.

My, how things have changed.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 26, 2006 03:36 PM | TrackBack

I can see the joy on the Brit Soldiers face when he shoots Loyn between the eyes.

Posted by: Scrapiron at October 26, 2006 05:48 PM

Well, at least the BBC has made it clear as to whose side they're on.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 26, 2006 11:14 PM

I wrote an e-mail asking if they had any decency. The reporter seems to be idealizing the terrorists! I told them it was a slap in the face to those British soldiers and NATO forces who are fighting murdering and destructive terrorists. So far, no response.

Posted by: seawitch at October 27, 2006 07:34 AM

Its amazing that just days after CNN crosses the line between reporting the news and aiding the enemy, BBC goes one step further. "There is no army on earth as mobile as the Taleban." No shit, that's because if they stay in one place more than 5 mintues they'll get spotted by Predators or satellites and get blown into little Tali-bits. This will end only two ways for David Loyn. Death by NATO air strike, and subsequent martyr-ization by the media. Or death at the hands of the Taliban when his usefulness runs out, which will cause no outrage at all.

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at October 27, 2006 08:05 AM

How long before he starts staging photo's?

All the moonbats going on about losing civil liberties when just a generation ago this guy would have been shot if he returned home.

What does this gain for the BBC other than losing more respect or credibility? (not that they had that much to begin with)

Posted by: Old Tanker at October 27, 2006 08:58 AM

This is worse than what CNN did...The BBC is funded by British TAXPAYERS.

Posted by: Marvin at October 27, 2006 08:59 AM

There is no army on earth as mobile as the Taleban.

I was struck by that comment too. Apparently this dope never considered that they're "mobile" because they are essentially robbing the citizenry wherever they go. Mobility is easier if you don't have to hump supplies around.

This is not the sort of thing one should be crowing about I would think.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 28, 2006 12:12 AM

Old Tanker, is he going to be in one place long enough to fire up the Photoshop?

I agree with Scrapiron although I think that they will find out about him after the fact.

Posted by: Mike H. at October 28, 2006 01:43 AM

I guess I forgot that part where the objective of journalists to report the truth is to be superceded by their allegiance to their home country's war goals.

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Posted by: Consul-At-Arms at October 29, 2006 04:41 PM