From: Eric Wood, Holme Road, Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.
THE exhaustive media coverage of the recent death and subsequent funeral of Nelson Mandela provided far more heat than light to aid our collective wisdom about the man. The BBC in particular, but not exclusively, devoted endless hours to his elevation to virtual sainthood.
Political leaders from across the world including David Cameron attended his funeral. This was in curious contrast to the same David Cameron who had previously accepted a free holiday to South Africa paid for by the former South African government that he is now so desperate to distance himself from.
Any reporting of Mandela that did not worship him as a deity would not have been given air time. Yet this same Nelson Mandela was a known and convicted terrorist and a leading member of the Communist party in South Africa. A Marxist terrorist closely linked to the IRA, he led the African National Congress into a more violent and pro-Moscow movement.
The ANC’s terrorist wing, known as Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), led by Mandela, began a campaign of murderous bombings in 1961. Following his trial in 1963, he was convicted of leading a terrorist conspiracy and sentenced to life in prison. Even with Mandela in prison, the ANC continued its murderous attacks, forming well-documented alliances with both the former East German secret police, the Stazi, and the IRA, who taught Mandela’s friends the fine art of planting bombs.
None of this was reported as it didn’t fit the script. Instead, we were told to revere a man who had bravely led his country. This was not balanced reporting, it was pure propaganda. After all, the Government and the media must never let the truth get in the way of a good story.