BBC Cuts Include . . . Me!

Who ratted me out to the Beeb?

The other day the hardworking staff posted a comment on a story about Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. For a value-added element, the comment included a link to our own contribution to the SOTU chin-stroking, Dead Blogging The State Of The Union Address.

The comment went up, and all was right with the world.

Until today, when the hardcommenting staff received this:

Dear BBC blog contributor,

Thank you for contributing to a BBC blog. Unfortunately we’ve had to remove your comment below.

Comments on the BBC blogs may be removed if they contain advertising or promotion. For more information, please visit

Please note that anyone who seriously or repeatedly breaks the House Rules may have action taken against their account.

Please do not reply to this email. For information on appeals visit

BBC Central Communities team

Ooooh . . . the Central Communities Team. Sounds downright Orwellian.

Not to mention, including a link to a blog is “advertising or promotion”?

Geez – those Brits are strict.

Of course, given the Texas chainsaw cuts the BBC is making right now, you wouldn’t think they’d have time to give me the axe.

But they did.

So now I have to decide: Do I do the same thing with this post that got the other one bounced – that is, link to it in a comment?

This requires some thought, so I’ll get back to you.

Meanwhile . . .

Free the Campaign Outsider One!

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5 Responses to BBC Cuts Include . . . Me!

  1. Steve Stein says:

    Not to mention, including a link to a blog is “advertising or promotion”?

    Well, yeah. It is. In your case, it’s a bit silly, since you don’t sell things here (including advertising). But many people do.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Yeah, I guess it all depends on how you hold it up to the light.

      Regardless, I think I’m going to avail myself of the Beeb’s appeals process.

  2. BP Myers says:

    Though I can’t imagine you do such things inveterately, and if you were linking back to a specific post I’d forgive it, but I’ll confess I’m tired of seeing people link back to their blogs at the New York Times. Can’t believe the Times allows it. I’ve taken to simply not reading the posts of folks who do that, though quite often, they’re thought provoking and the most recommended. My loss, I guess.

  3. Pingback: Appealing My BBC Ban | Campaign Outsider

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