Newsround is aimed at viewers aged between six and 12.
On its website it answered the question concerning 9/11, “Why did they do it” by saying: “The way America has got involved in conflicts in regions like the Middle East has made some people very angry, including a group called al Qaeda – who are widely thought to have been behind the attacks.”
After the public complained, the text was amended.
It now reads: “Al Qaeda is unhappy with America and other countries getting involved in places like the Middle East.
“People linked to al Qaeda have used violence to make this point in the U.S.A, and in other countries.”
Now take a look at that statement:
People linked to al Qaeda have used violence to make this point in the U.S.A, and in other countries
In the Beeb’s fevered mind it’s OK to tell young children that the murder of 3,000 innocent people is justified because “Al Qaeda is unhappy”.
I agree with Dame Pauline,
Dame Pauline, who headed the Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee and is described as the most formidable female diplomat Britain has produced, said the new version was even worse.
“It still says it’s all America’s fault, and now for daring to be involved in the Middle East at all,” she said.
“It wasn’t ‘people linked to’ al Qaeda who killed 3,000 people that day, it was al Qaeda itself.
“Osama bin Laden even boasted of the attacks. Is the BBC really saying that if you’re ‘unhappy’ it’s quite normal behaviour to murder people?
“Is the BBC so naive as to take al Qaeda’s propaganda at face value? Or is there something more sinister at work here?”
Dame Pauline knows what she’s talking about: she is Britain’s former spy chief and a former BBC governor.
Biased BBC has been following the story since June.