Reporter’s tears for Arafat were ‘biased’

A BBC board has determined that one of their reporters crying over the death of Yasser Arafat might be… um… a bit out of sorts:

Ms Plett’s mention of her tearful response ‘breached the requirements of due impartiality’, the governors said. In the broadcast of October 30, 2004, she described watching Arafat being helicoptered from his West Bank headquarters to a French hospital, where he later died.

She told listeners that ‘when the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose from his ruined compound, I started to cry…’

Her piece attracted hundreds of complaints from listeners.

No joke. The headline? “BBC admits that a reporter crying over a dying terrorist may indicate a slight bias.”

Ever so slight, I’m sure…

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