Sky's convenient calculation


Sky News led off its Remembrance Day coverage this morning with the convenient hook that the 200th British soldier had just died in Afghanistan.

Oh really? The rest of us, including the BBC, every national newspaper and the MoD itself have pegged the death toll at 231. So from whence does the Sky News figure come?

A visit to their website explains all. Apparently 31 Brits have died from ‘accidents or illness’ in Afghanistan, giving Mr Murdoch’s channel a newsy, if morally inaccurate, intro.

One wonders how the families of those 31 who ‘only’ died from ‘accidents or illness’ must feel about their loved ones being downgraded by Sky’s convenient truth.


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