On Sunday April 28 BBC News 24 reporter Tim Allman blithely described President Obama as "the leader of the free world."
Allman never elucidated who it was that conferred such a magnanimous title on the US President.
Perhaps he thought it was his official title or it had been ordained on him by some higher being?
No doubt the millions of families who lost their loved ones in the invasion of Iraq will be a little less grieved to know their relatives and friends had at least been killed by the forces of the "free world."
Indeed, those who languish in the prisons of Guantanamo Bay might be a little happier knowing they are there because the "leader of the free world" demands it.
Perhaps next time the members of an Afghan wedding party are blown to smithereens by a US drone their families will be comforted to know it was an "accident" done in the name of the "free world."
Next time any grovelling BBC reporters use such absurd phrases they might reflect on the crimes and injustices the leaders of the "free world" have been responsible for over the past decades.
They might also like to go on an expedition and try to discover where this "free world" is.