Politically Correct to the Extreme

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Friday, August 29, 2003

Politically Correct to the Extreme

For some time in the America we have been aware of television shows that run their scripts by liberal interest groups to make sure they are not offended. That is the main reason homosexuals are always portrayed in a positive light on TV.

Now there's word from Britain that the television industry there is so caught up in political correctness that it is doing the same thing.

According to Rod Liddle, the former editor of radio 4's "Today" program, the political correctness has gone beyond entertainment to infect news. Liddle says before the Iraq war, BBC journalists were summoned to a meeting to discuss how they could cover the conflict without offending Muslims.

Liddle says, "When we are forced into making these blithe and comfortable platitudinous asides we do everybody a disservice." In a desire to avoid inflaming religious antagonism, Liddle said, "we massage the truth in order to kid ourselves, and the audience, that that's really the case."

He's right, of course, but don't expect things to change.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.