Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Lies, damned lies

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

It’s a simple question really: is objectivity even remotely possible when reporting on the Middle East? Or is it simply that only pathological liars, idiots, racists and jihad supporters are involuntarily drawn to practise their peculiar brand of “journalism” in the Middle East?

Richard Goldstone is not the only liar in the business when it comes to maligning the Jewish state of Israel.

He is in excellent company with a whole host of other publicly funded individuals and institutions.

Not least among these is Britain’s publicly funded (that’s tax revenue to you and me) BBC – the British taxpayer-funded TV station often gratefully referred to in Ramallah as the Voice of Palestine.

Watch the following CAMERA report on blatant BBC lies and official BBC cover-ups in its libellous “reporting” on the Jewish state.

Lies, cover-ups – and sheer idiocy. Read what Mark Steyn has to say on the mess that is the UN’s, EU’s, US’s and NATO’s interference with the Gaddafi regime in Libya on “humanitarian” grounds – at the same time as these very same bodies steadfastly refuse to act against the Hizbollah regime in Lebanon, the Assad regime in Syria, the PA and Hamas regimes in Judea/Samaria and Gaza respectively and the Ahmadinejad regime in Iran on precisely the same “humanitarian” grounds. And that’s before we even get to Turkey, which has brutally and illegally occupied half of Cyprus for several decades – accompanied by deafening UN, EU, US and NATO silence.

And before you can ask, yes folks, it’s public funding that is financing this meddling overseas military operation in Libya while turning a blind eye to far worse humanitarian transgressions a mere stone’s throw away.

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The new Swedish anti-Semitism: Islamism

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Britain’s BBC is not exactly renowned for being an avid supporter of Israel. It’s not even known for showing empathy regarding Britain’s own Jewish population.

Yet listen here to an objective BBC report on the new anti-Semitism in Sweden.

The new Swedish anti-Semitism is spelled “Islamism”.

The vast majority of Swedish Muslims may well be peaceful, respectful towards other religions and as little anti-Jewish as they are anti-Muslim.

But they remain silent. They do not protest that an apparently small number of radical Muslims with a violent political ideology – Islamists – are blackening the name of Islam for all Muslims. How does one interpret this silence? As tacit agreement, or fear of retribution? If the former, that gets you wondering. And if the latter, we are talking about Muslim fear of Islamist violence alongside Jewish fear of Islamist violence – while politicians and the media sit silent.

Either way, there is a considerable risk that all Muslims, including the purported peaceful and democratic majority, might be regarded as a homogeneous group, all tarred with the same brush. A result that would be as unfortunate as it is understandable.

Watch the following clip for yet another British perspective on how the nominally democratic nation of Sweden is coming under increasing assault from the combination of Islamism and Political Correctness – the new existential threat against Sweden. Carried out by a few, no doubt, but without being countered by even a hint of criticism from either the majority of Swedish Muslims or Sweden’s political or media heavyweights.

It would have been salutary if either SR (the publicly funded Swedish Radio) or SVT (the publicly funded Swedish TV) had produced an in-depth report on Islamist anti-Semitism in Sweden, instead of sitting idly while Sweden’s reputation abroad is set by Britain’s BBC.

The national agenda in Sweden is today being determined by Islamists who fetch their inspiration from foreign radical regimes in the Middle East, and they are doing so unchecked. Political Correctness means that Swedish political reaction is notable for its absence. And media spotlighting of the situation in Sweden is also determined by foreign broadcasters – the BBC, Fox News, CBS and others.

So why exactly do we have the publicly funded Riksdag (Parliament) if Sweden’s parliamentarians refuse to legislate? And why exactly do we have the publicly funded Swedish Radio and Swedish TV if they refuse to spotlight issues on which Parliament refuses to legislate?

Listen, watch – and think. 

 

Introducing VOICE, formerly the BBC

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Muslim Pakistani security forces killed 38 Muslim Islamist militants in two separate operations near the Pakistan/Afghanistan border over the weekend.

The announcement elicited a collective yawn from the international media, but with not a word by the BBC.

Muslim suicide bombers in Baghdad killed 32 Muslim Iraqis outside three embassies, including the Iranian mission. Iran is run by a Shia Islamist regime which is at odds with most of the world’s Sunni Muslim nations. All the indications are that the embassy bombings were a response to the slaughter two days earlier of 24 Sunni Muslims in a village just south of Baghdad.

Australia’s ABC published a Reuters-sourced report on the killings. The London-based BBC still has not carried the story.

A few days previously, however, the BBC like the rest of the international media ran a major article on how Israel allegedly killed a 15 year old Palestinian Arab boy in the Gaza Strip, Muhammad al-Faramawi, quoting at length graphic and detailed reports by the Palestinian media and various Palestinian government officials explaining how the boy had been left to bleed to death. 

Problem: after a few days in Egyptian (read it again – Egyptian) custody for illegal infiltration into that country, the boy was returned safe and sound and totally unharmed to his mother in the Gaza Strip.

The BBC now cursorily acknowledges that the boy has returned home, but has not apologized for its scurrilous claims of Israeli involvement in his “death”.

Multiply that by equally bigoted reports in the rest of the European media, and what emerges is a determined, well-funded campaign to slander, libel, delegitimise and dehumanise the Jewish state. Any story, however tenuous and unsubstantiated, that can be used to bludgeon Israel is fit for print. But stories about Muslim and/or Islamist atrocities seldom make it into the public domain. Not for nothing is the BBC often referred to as the VOICE – the Voice of Islamism in Christian Europe.

Journalist Julie Burchill, writing in the Jerusalem Post, puts it very neatly in her article “Britain’s Arab Apologists”.

Europe is witnessing the sort of selective media silence and selective media raucousness that historically has always preceded political catastrophe.

These are worrying signals indeed.