BBC World Service journalist Naziru Mikail:
(Ariel Sharon died after 8 years in a coma following a stroke)
It’s OK, though, because his Twitter profle says: “Views here are personal!” He does like to use an exclamation mark!
Update. The same BBC journalist was impressed by a ludicrous claim of “reversion” to Islam (exclamation mark!):
Where does the BBC find its employees?
New thread. Now fill it up.
Scarlett Johansson’s admirable decision to sever ties with Oxfam over its criticism of her adverts for Israeli company SodaStream has led one BBC World Service journalist to declare his shame at owning one of the products:
Update. Tweet deleted. Here’s the screengrab for posterity:
BBC journalist Peter Biles tweets from South Africa:
In his first tweet in over a year BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott seems to think that a parody article about Sarah Palin at the Daily Currant is real:
He’s in good moronic company – Piers Morgan fell for it too (and then pretended he knew all along it was fake).
It’s not the first time a BBC journalist has been duped by a bit of lame satire that fits newsroom groupthink prejudice about US conservatives. BBC Brazil had to apologise when its lefty US correspondent Lucas Mendes wrote an article about a Texan GOP senator without realising the original information was a parody.
And in the all-too-likely event Pigott claims he knew the Palin article was a parody, why choose this as the topic of his first tweet since September 2012?
One of the BBC journalists covering the government shutdown in Washington last night was Marc Georges:
Before he joined the BBC Georges used to make lame nerdy “comedy” videos attacking Republicans. Here are some examples:
So he’s gone from making tedious anti-Republican propaganda to a job at the BBC. No change there then. A natural fit for the BBC Washington bureau.
(See also my comment on the open thread yesterday about another BBC newbie, economics and political journalist Lewis Goodall – formerly of lefty think tank IPPR and prior to that an Oxford University Labour Party activist.)
…courtesy of BBC World Service journalist Stephanie Hegarty:
The leader of a terrorist-exporting theocracy is one thing, but Fox News is something else entirely:
BBC newsroom mindset.
They fill up quick these days.