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Host Host | 13:11 UK time, Monday, 4 December 2006

On this week's Newswatch, the programme which discusses viewers' comments on BBC TV News, home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford answered criticisms that the coverage of an offensive e-mail circulated among police officers had become a story about racism rather than decency. You can watch the programme here.

On Feedback, Radio 4's programme for listener views, Jonathan Dimbleby, the chairman of Any Questions? was asked about claims that he was extending his role into that of interviewer. You can hear that programme here.


  • 1.
  • At 02:34 PM on 04 Dec 2006,
  • Sam wrote:

The politically correct facists have got there way again.

Sure a email dspicting a decapitated felon running from police could be, quite rightly, described as offensive perhaps even should lead to disciplinary proceedings against officers as a result.

But how exactly is it racist? Becuase the person happens to be black? So what if it were a white man? Would that be racist?

You see by despicting somthing as racist just becuase the person happens to be black is actually grossly offensive and patronising to black people.

  • 2.
  • At 04:48 PM on 07 Dec 2006,
  • J Westerman wrote:

Re (1. Sam 04 Dec 2006.)

Sam appears to have a good point in saying that a black representation does not make something racist. There are, however, the problems of context and the fact that in a predominantly white population the expected representation, by white people, would be white.

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