October 09, 2018
BBC's fake news?
I logged into the Bing search engine this moring, I found a story about
a mini-controversy concerning U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly quoting
Winston Churchill while being photographed in space flight. What caught
my eye in this BBC story was the article referring to Kelly as not
married to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a shooting victim,
but rather being her brother-in-law. This apparent fake news "fact"
contradicts every news account at the time of the shooting of Giffords
which stated Kelly and Giffords were husband and wife. What is going on
every news story I read in America was a lie or the BBC is either lying
now or did poor fact checking. Why would the BBC lie, if that were
indeed the case? Well, stating that Scott Kelly is not so closely
connected to a man who made a Churchill quote (and Churchill made some
quotes that would be considered racist in this century) literally
distances a liberal anti-gun shooting victim and icon, Gabrielle
Giffords, from this now politically incorrect and somewhat controversial
situation is starting to resemble The Ministry of Truth from Orwell's
"1984" novel - or the editorial policies of the Soviet era Pravda.
Here are the quote and opening lines of the BBC article:
Astronaut under fire for quoting Churchill
One of the unwritten rules of social media is avoid inspirational quotes.
astronaut Scott Kelly put that to the test on Sunday when his use of
Winston Churchill quotes landed him in hot water with people who oppose
the wartime British prime minister's views on empire and race.
when Kelly tried to apologise for the tweet and offered to educate
himself, Churchill fans attacked him for discrediting the politician's
Kelly, whose sister-in-law is former Democrat
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, used the famous remark by the former
British prime minister to comment on deep divisions in American
politics.END OF QUOTE
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What's going on is that NASA jumped at the opportunity to recruit a couple of identical twins so they could do the usual sorts of experiments that allows. I find it much easier to believe that all of the US media got it wrong, probably following the lead of the AP or NYT, and that the BBC was more careful with the facts, our media is just that bad.
Posted by: Anonymous at October 09, 2018 08:40 AM (FPIRN)
I believe you are right, anonymous! Thanks for making a great point.
Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at October 13, 2018 10:47 AM (bheE+)
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