MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
May 13, 2008
On May 1, the BBC website reported an attack on Somalia with the words:
â€œAir raid kills Somali militants.â€
One might think the BBCâ€™s headline would identify the agency responsible for the bombing, but the first few sentences also shed no light:
â€œThe leader of the military wing of an Islamist insurgent organisation in Somalia has been killed in an overnight air strike.
â€œAden Hashi Ayro, al-Shababâ€™s military commander, died when his home in the central town of Dusamareb was bombed.
â€œTen other people, including a senior militant, are also reported dead.â€ (news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7376760.stm)
Only in the fourth sentence, was responsibility ascribed:
â€œA US military spokesman told the BBC that it had attacked what he called a known al-Qaeda target in Somalia.â€