Buffoonery and state killing

3 04 2011

Category; Media, Middle East

I can understand why people are sometimes scared of clowns. There’s a frightening buffoon appearing in the British media at the moment; Sami Khiyami, the Syrian Ambassador to the UK.

Jeremy Paxman did an excellent job trying to impose a sense of reality on a man who describes his country, in the grip of civil unrest and which has seen more than a hundred of its citizens killed by their own government, as ‘the nicest and most beautiful state in the Middle East‘.

As to the cause of the unrest, it is nothing to do with the authoritarian regime of President Assad, but it may be the work of the Israelis; ‘they could be behind any bad thing in the world‘.

You can watch the interview here:

Paxman handled the surreality of the interview well. His colleagues on the Radio 4’s Today programme did not.

Evan Davis interviewed Khiyami on the Today Programme on 1st April 2011. It is a negligent piece of journalism. In a programme known for combative questioning, Khiyami was handled with kid gloves.

It’s a dreadful interview. Davis even sums up for him, have a listen: Read the rest of this entry »

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Sir Sherard and the Throffer

10 02 2011

Category; Media, Middle East

Sir Sherard Louis Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO has been discussing Israel and the peace process on BBC Radio 4 (following comments by his former boss, Foreign Secretary WIlliam Hague).

Sir Sherard certainly has experience of the Middle East (click here); until recently the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan he formerly served, amongst other roles, in Cairo, Saudia Arabia, Kabul, and as UK Ambassador to Israel.

His comments on the Today programme –  click here (9/2/11 at c.8:50am) are revealing on the extent of the delegitimisation of Israel. There is a creeping acceptance that Israel does not have an automatic and accepted right to exist and in that sense differs from every other nation on earth. Read the rest of this entry »





All the news that’s fit to ignore

5 09 2010

Category: Media, Middle East, Politics, Anti-Semitism

Peter Hitchens, writing today, has a bee in his bonnet about the BBC;

The BBC remains reliably pro-EU, pro-PC, anti-Israel…

An example he might have pointed out was the BBC’s coverage of the remarks by EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. On 2nd Spetember de Gucht said on Belgian radio that Jews are not rational and cannot be reasoned with when it comes to the Middle East. He also said that America is in the grip of the Jewish lobby.

Hardly surprisingly the remarks sparked a storm of protest and condemnation, especially coming a few days after a German Bundesbank board member said that Jews have a gene that distinguishes them from others.

The EU Trade Commissioner is one of the most important figures not just in Europe but the world; representing Europe in discussions and negotiations involving the global economy.

So what was wrong with the way the BBC handled de Gucht’s comments?

They didn’t. They covered them in no way at all. Read the rest of this entry »





WikiBBC

10 04 2010

Category: Media

Nothing shows how badly the BBC has lost focus than the woeful h2g2.

I found it by clicking on a link to an article on the BBC main page. This took me to an article on the BBC site, with the BBC seal of approval, but full of misleading nonsense. When I searched again for this article I discovered it was in a section called h2g2.

It appeared the article was BBC editorial content but it was in fact something else; the perfect symbol of BBC hubris – the BBC’s very own wikipedia… Read the rest of this entry »