A WTF BBC moment

From the BBC obituary* of the Brazilian footballer Socrates:

His heroes included famous libertarians Fidel Castro and Che Guevara…

H/T @PWilliamsUKIP

Update: In typical BBC fashion the article has been stealth edited and no longer includes the words ‘famous libertarians’.

Update 2: For the sake of posterity, the Boiling Frog has a screen grab of the offending paragraph.

* From the version published @ 10:35 GMT, Sunday, 4 December 2011

7 Comments

  1. Thanks Misanthrope Girl for the hattip – unbelievable (or not) stuff from the BBC

  2. SadButMadLad says:

    They probably meant “liberators”. But that shows the attitudes and leanings of the journalist even more. Che and Fidel are only liberators if you are on the same side. What the journalist should have written was the “famous opperessors…” ;-)

    • Misanthrope Girl says:

      It takes some doing to think that two Marxist mass murderers could, in any way, be libertarians but the screwed up mindset of a beeboid demonstrates that it is apparently possible.

  3. Tattyfalarr says:

    “In typical BBC fashion the article has been stealth edited and no longer includes the words ‘famous libertarians’.”

    The online report emphasises, however, “The footballer was known to be fond of a drink and a smoke. ” This also remarked upon in the tv news report.

    So being a smoker and drinker is now, literally, remarkable.

  4. Tom says:

    Stealth editing is the norm at the BBC – so much so – that it no longer exercises me the way it used to….

    It’s there from international news stories to the provincial TV reporter kindergarten/rest homes that are the regional news outlets.

    I’d have more sympathy with it if they put a version number on the bye-line – cnuts

  5. jameshigham says:

    Classic that.