What the BBC is telling children about the 9/11 attacks [Tom Gross]
Here is what the BBC’s widely-read children’s section of their website (CBBC) is telling kids about the 9/11 attacks, the 6th anniversary of which falls today.
It is not quite the al-Qaeda view, but it almost is.
(The last time* I criticized the Children’s BBC website – about their definition of the Holocaust, which omitted references to Jews, etc – they subtly rewrote the entry to include the fact that Jews were among the victims, and then backdated the time stamp to make it appear as if the change had been made prior to my criticism – so I attach the 9/11 entry in full below.)
Guides: 11 September 2001 attacks
Last Updated: Friday June 29 2007 10:33 GMT
Why did they do it?
The way America has got involved in conflicts in regions like the Middle East has made some people very angry, including a group called al-Qaeda - who are widely thought to have been behind the attacks.
In the past, al-Qaeda leaders have declared a holy war - called a jihad - against the US. As part of this jihad, al-Qaeda members believe attacking US targets is something they should do.
When the attacks happened in 2001, there were a number of US troops in a country called Saudi Arabia, and the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, said he wanted them to leave.
* [For the way in which the Children’s BBC changed their entry on the Holocaust as a result of criticism, see: Forgetting to mention the Jews: The BBC, Prince Harry, and the Holocaust (Jan. 16, 2005). You can compare what was actually written by the BBC at that time, which is recorded on my website, and what the BBC have now written – which includes reference to Jews – with a backdated BBC time stamp of Thursday January 13 2005 13:57 GMT) when in fact the change was made only on January 17, 2005 following criticism made on my website.]
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