Abu Qatada has been described as “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe.” His own legal defense team has called him a “grave risk” to national security. He has been imprisoned for some time in Great Britain, and apparently is about to be released; as a result, he has been in the news lately. Which is what caused the BBC to decree that its reporters not refer to Mr. Qatada as an “extremist.” “Radical” is OK, but “extremist” implies a “value judgment.”
Oh, one more thing–the BBC isn’t supposed to show any photos or video of Qatada that “[suggest] the cleric is overweight.” Why? He’s lost weight since those photos were taken. The scrupulously neutral BBC wouldn’t want to give the British public the impression that bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe is fat!
There really isn’t much hope for Western civilization, is there?