News Commentary – Sept 6, 2020
The following BBC report on a series of random, apparently motiveless knife attacks in Birmingham city centre last night illustrates a new trend in BBC reports.
Even though there were a number of eyewitnesses to these attacks, the BBC pointedly avoids quoting any description of the attacker. Even more significantly, the police wont describe the suspect either.
Normally the police would issue a description of the suspect in the interests of public safety. Not in this case though.
A little research confirmed my worst suspicions about why the BBC and the police were so reluctant to identify the suspect. We’ll reveal more in the footnote.
Birmingham stabbings: Manhunt as one killed and seven hurt
BBC Online – Sept 6, 2020
A knifeman who killed one man and wounded seven other people in a two-hour stabbing rampage across Birmingham city centre is being hunted by police.
The first stabbing was in Constitution Hill at 00:30 BST then the killer moved south, apparently attacking at random, officers said.
The stabbings did not appear terrorism related, gang related or connected to disorder, West Midlands Police said.
Murder inquiry detectives said they were hunting a single suspect.
The force urged anyone with CCTV or mobile footage to contact them…
Mr Graham said officers – some armed – remained across the city centre to reassure people.
He added they had received a number of descriptions of the suspect but would not be releasing any details at this time.