However, it seems that political correctness is overtaking common sense to stupid proportions at Auntie. A few bloggers have noted that the BBC has been scrubbing the word 'terrorist' from its reporting. Strangely I was unaware of this phenomenon, mostly because I heard 'terrorist' and 'terrorism' being used on the BBC news, both TV and radio. That said, there appears to be a policy to not use these words on the web and in world broadcasts and they have been scrubbed from older news stories. Why? Here is what the Telegraph says:
The BBC's guidelines state that its credibility is undermined by the "careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments".
Consequently, "the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding" and its use should be "avoided", the guidelines say.
And now my question becomes: why the difference in approach between foreign news and domestic? Are they afraid of alienating a foreign market? They shouldn't be, because first and foremost they are a domestic news provider.
Hat tip to Hubris