BBC in Denial

22 03 2014

Category; Middle East, Media

©AFP

©AFP

It’s not just what’s in the news; it’s also what’s not. The BBC has solidly ignored the speech by Iran’s Supreme Leader denying the Holocaust – reported here.

Instead they have a positive story on Iranian statements about the prospects for a nuclear deal, with a photograph of the smiling Foreign Minister – see here.

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BBC Complaint Upheld

17 03 2014

Category; Middle East, Media
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The Times is today reporting that the BBC Trust is to censure Middle East Correspondent Kevin Connolly for a report on the Today programme on Radio 4 in 2011. They have ruled that Connolly’s report was inaccurate and misleading; the ruling is the culmination of my complaint to the BBC almost three years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Rogue Editor

14 03 2014

Category; Middle East, media

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© BBC

BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen has been lambasting the BBC Trust over its censure of his journalism 5 years ago. It’s interesting timing on Bowen’s part. Why bring it up now?

Does he know something? Is there a timely reason to be trying to undermine the Trust’s rulings? Read the rest of this entry »





News Narratives

19 05 2013

Category; Media

Eric Kitson

A former UKIP Councillor

News is about narratives. You pick your starting point and take it from there. That starting point is both literal and metaphorical; the opening sentence in any decent news report is worth as much as the rest of the report, and the viewpoint of the author, or outlet, moulds facts.

It’s how Fox News and The Guardian manage to shape the same facts in such different ways.

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Don’t tell the Minister…

15 09 2010

Category: anti-semitism, Media, Middle East, Politics

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has revealed he knew nothing about EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht’s comments about irrational Jews and the Jewish Lobby.

Louise Ellman MP asked whether he’d heard them during Foreign Office Questions in Parliament. He hadn’t. Hague knew nothing at all about de Gucht’s comments.

He certainly wouldn’t have heard them from the BBC, which decided not to report the matter. It now appears the Foreign Office decided to leave it off ministerial briefings too. Click on ‘read the rest’ to read the exchange… 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 »