Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Say what now??

Here's a little comparison for you to ponder. First, have a look at (and a careful listen to) an extract from the Al Jazeera version of Davis Frost's November 2007 interview with Benazir Bhutto.

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Now have a look at the same clip as broadcast by the BBC.

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Did she say what it sounds like she said ("…he also had dealings with Omar Shiekh, the man who murdered Osama Bin Laden…")?

Why did the BBC remove that bit?

The cover-up conspiracy theory is obvious, but maybe it's simply because they considered it an unsupported and unverified assertion.

One thing that arises immediately is, what prompted her to say it in the first place? The other, perhaps more pressing question is, why the hell didn't David Frost ask her to explain??

(The great Peter Cook reportedly once said, "My biggest regret in life is saving David Frost from drowning".)

You can see the original Al Jazeera version in full here, and the BBC original here. You'll find the relevant part at about 5:31 in the Al Jazeera version, and 4:27 in the BBC version.

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