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More than 900 of them are vying for seats on local councils. At 10pm we


will have a full round-up of the news from today, but before then it


is time for Newswatch. Hello and welcome to


Newswatch, I'm Samira Ahmed. Coming up: The media scrum


in the house of the San Bernardino Islamist killers, going


through their possessions Perhaps most poignantly of all,


just behind here, is the baby's cot. The six-month-old baby


that is now an orphan. Covering the terrible destruction


and the personal grief inflicted Was the BBC insensitive and crass


in some of its reporting? You have lost your possessions,


how does that make you feel? And what is afoot with extending


the News at 10 by ten minutes? First, the mass


shootings in California. Nearly 200 viewers complained


about BBC reporters joining a media scrum that went into the home


of Sayed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The married couple were killed


in a shoot out with police after they themselves


killed 14 people at The BBC was among many outlets that


broadcast live footage of rooms strewn with baby toys,


religious objects and The BBC said they had


the permission of the landlord. Here is the reporter


going through the This is apparently quite


an ordinary apartment building. Going into the bedroom


here on the second floor and you can see


a copy of the Koran here, you can see various other bits


and pieces that have been left here presumably


by members of the FBI. This is the Californian driving


licence belonging to the one of the two key suspects


in this attack. Ross Anderson was amongst those


contacting Newswatch to question whether the BBC had fallen below


the journalistic integrity We're joined now by


the editor of the Six I think it is important first


of all to restate the context here. This was the worst terror attack


inside America since 9-11. There was a rare presidential


address and it was a nightmare for the security


services because here was a couple who were seemingly


ordinary, living the American dream inside suburbia, who turned


into mass killers, so clearly there was a need


to understand the background to these killers who carried


out this massacre. I think it is also important


to stress that the FBI had finished their work at the house,


they had finished going It was never a crime scene in so far


as the massacre was elsewhere, but it was obviously


investigated to find out The FBI had finished


and the police were there Just because everyone else piled on,


in by the landlord. It was the right


journalistic thing to do. We make our own decisions


and do our own thinking and we make


our own judgments. It is not uncommon that we are


covering stories where there are a lot of other media


outlets there from America, UK and around the world,


but ultimately we still make our own decisions and it wasn't a pack


mentality or anything like this, it was a legitimate


thing to do which a large number of media


organisations were doing. Can you see why people


felt uncomfortable? There were baby toys


and personal possessions, a sense of feeling like an intrusion


and a question of what was the point given that none of these journalists


are themselves criminal I think it was a very


unusual situation. We were outside the house,


we were allowed inside the house, and combine that


with modern technology and new technology which allows


you to broadcast live How do you go for what


you saw inside that house, which to all intents


and purposes looks completely ordinary, a couple that


were not on the security services radar, who were unknown,


they were not on a list somewhere, how did you go from


that to what they I think there was a journalistic


and editorial purpose One other issue I wanted to raise


briefly is that the news at ten Why, when Newsnight


starts at 10:30pm? There has always been an issue


for me as editor of the six and Ten O'Clock News that the network part


of the Ten O'Clock News is actually the shortest network bulletin that


BBC News does and I always found that a bit of a strange situation


when in many respects it is the sort I have always advocated


a longer slot. What we did at the beginning


of the year leading into the election in anticipation


of election coverage and everything else


was that we trialled an extended run involving the network


part of the Ten O'Clock News and the nations


and regions and the weather, Audiences liked it and thought


it was a good thing, At the same time,


the network part of the Ten O'Clock News will end


roughly at the time Newsnight starts, so it is a really good offer


and choice for audiences which is the network


ten and then extra strong coverage from the nations


and regions and weather or, if you want more analysis,


debate and original journalism on BBC Two,


you can watch Newsnight. I think they've come up


with a formula that really Do let us know your thoughts on that


or on any aspect of BBC News. Details on how to contact us


at the end of the programme. The impact of the US


shooting also led to The BBC covered the Republican


presidential hopeful's call for a temporary halt on Muslims


entering the United States. Donald Trump is a familiar face


in Scotland because of his golf One local residents


lodged a petition calling for him to be banned


from the UK for hate speech. It has attracted more


than 100,000 signatures. Several viewers got in touch to say


that the BBC took the position that Donald Trump's views


were unacceptable and Dave had


the following to say: Throughout the week the storms


which brought flooding to southern Scotland, northern England,


Wales and Northern Ireland have Tens of thousands of people


been affected by direct On Monday one particular bit


of reporting annoyed The BBC's Ed Thomas spent the day


with residents from a street in Carlisle which had been


very badly affected. There seems to be no


beginning or end. Alan has lived in


Carlisle all his life. He has seen this before


and once again his family have lost everything


and it is not getting any easier. Stephen Williams was one of many


viewers who got in touch to complain about Ed Thomas's question


to a clearly distressed man and he joins us now


from our Birmingham studio. Stephen, what prompted


you to contact us about that particular bit


of news? Normally I wouldn't respond


strongly as I don't, but I did feel on Monday


our hearts were really going out to these poor people


in Cumbria whose homes were being flooded,


I was just astounded to see the BBC reporter thrust a microphone


at this resident who was just standing by his house


and standing in the water. If you have the question,


you have lost all your possessions It is hardly surprising


that he did not get an answer because the pool man


was too upset to respond. Let me read you what the BBC has


said in response to your complaint and those of the other


viewers who contacted us. There is a sense that maybe seeing


how much grief it caused was maybe a part of the story


if the person was I think it is entirely


right to see the effect of the flooding on individuals,


but I think it is rather playing on their emotions


when they are already very upset to be asked


such a crass question, you have lost everything,


how do you feel about losing What would that possibly bring


in terms of answer to increase Thank you for your


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