This is for the “BBC Bias” files. It shows how they rewrite stories
that aren’t sufficiently negative.
This is how the story originally appeared:
Sunday, 7 September, 2003, 03:43 GMT 04:43 UK
Second wave heads for Iraq
Another 50 British troops have flown to Iraq, taking the total number of reinforcements this weekend to more than 100.
Part of the second battalion light infantry based in Cyprus, they landed
at Basra airport at 0330 local time (1230 BST).
Their duties are likely to include guarding oil pipelines in the south
The way it appears now – exact same URL:
Sunday, 7 September, 2003, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
Fears over troops’ training
British troops being sent to Iraq may not be getting the training they
need, the commander of UK soldiers during the first Gulf War has warned.
Major General Sir Patrick Cordingley raised his concerns as 50 extra
soldiers were flown to Iraq – taking the total reinforcements dispatched
this weekend to more than 100.
Then it goes on to quote the inimitable Clare Short, railing on about Dr Kelly.
Evidently the first version was not pessimistic enough.
I have the original version, taken from the BBC site, if you’d like to
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