03 November, 2006

BBC embedded with the Royal Mairnes in Afghanistan

BBC reporter, Alastair Leithead is in Helmand, Afghanistan, embedded with the Royal Marines and sending back daily reports.

In the best post-Reithian traditions of BBC journalism, on 2nd November Leithead signs off on a negative note, by focusing on the damage done to buildings rather the successful performance of the soldiers under attack from the Taliban. It does not seem to occur to him that the army must be doing something right for the villagers to tip them off about the Taliban's presence.

Perhaps it is understandable, given that the BBC will be anxious to maintain good relations with its Taliban friends.

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