UPDATED BELOW AUG 8th.
The BBC, the World's biggest 'News' service is an embarrassment to the term news.
I have not been to the BBC website all that much in the conflict. I can't stomach it, not right now because it makes me want to retch and I know already what's there. Today I after hearing yet ANOTHER anchor on BBC World News TV pester a guest fishing to try and get him to call out Israeli war crimes, I decided to see what kind of disaster was brewing there. Lo and Behold what did I find? Let's take a look shall we..
Photo: The BBC News Middle East Page
(This is it, the main page, there's no other main news pages for the Middle East, I'm stating this to be clear that what YOU see is what YOU get here and I'm not exaggerating or anything like that.)
To be clear about things. Here's the full photo of this page with the header graphics included in full, and not shrunk so it is clearer.
The page is covered in Lebanon, Gaza, Arab, Muslim sympathy stories. There's Israeli attacks, American 'War Crimes', Lebanese aid, Hamas officials being abused, A LONE man injured in Gazan rocket incident, US troops smiling before killing people, Motorola warning about Lebanon, Hezbollah defiance.. I could go on and on. The point here is that what you see is Arab, Muslim sympathy dominated news not covering 90% of the page, not 91%, but 99%.
In Green on the photo a bounding box I created: To highlight the LONE sympathetic story about Israel itself, what is it about? Israel's general economy in conflict. What you won't find is any mention of the following from Israeli Headlines I took quickly TODAY, there are plenty more:
Three killed as Katyushas strike villages in north
3 IDF soldiers killed, 4 wounded in combat in south Lebanon
Katyusha barrage kills eight civilians
86 wounded in Friday barrages
More than 200 rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon on Friday
In fact even in the BBC 'Top Stories', there's not a single mention of a single Israeli wounded, or killed. Not a single mention of the THOUSANDS of rockets slamming into Israel, 200 Friday alone, nearly the same the day before, etc etc. It's all one BIG anti Israel, Anti America hate fest. The killing, rocketing, wounding of ISRAELI JEWS is SIMPLY NOT NEWS at the BBC.
There's not a link, not a story, not a word, in fact if you didn't know better you would think it is holiday time in Israel, not that 300,000 people have been turned into refugees in the North, not that the people with heroic resilience who stayed are living in BOMB shelters for 24 days now, not that thousands of rockets have been fired at Israeli civilians, 200 today alone, not that soldiers are heroically fighting and dying against a world recognized TERRORIST organization, not that Israeli civilians, 8 alone yesterday, more today have been murdered. Apparently, only the Defiance of Hezbollah matters.
I ask, is this not an embarrassment? It's not the first time I called out the BBC for being the 'British Bullshitting Corporation'. Here's another one where BBC editors respond to my embarrassing of them. And you know what? They deserve FAR FAR worse. Their response was that they were doing 'the best they could'. Well you know what? Your 'Best' is frankly pitiful.
If you like, scan the photo & each of the articles linked on MAIN NEWS PAGE for the Middle East, see the GALL of the BBC for yourself.
Related: Tom Gross, who's link you can find on my sidebar under 'media bias busters' writes about similar topics in depth at the Jerusalem Post. He also notes several times BBC anchors fishing for war crimes, it's shameful.
Update: I want to add, I read from a bbc editor a few weeks ago on their blogs that they do see and hear what bloggers write etc, and the editors complained that they tried to respond to some people who ignored them. Not here, I welcome you to tango with me, come and get it. I'll post responses in full clearly and fairly.. Present both sides of any argument. I'm not scared to tango with you Mr. BBC, I welcome it.
** There is a single mention of rockets from Lebanon, under Israeli Border Strike Kills 28 – I take IT ALL BACK, Not.
UPDATE II: Chris Palmer hailing from the UK comments below, he's also got a recent railing of the BBC after being shocked viewing the coverage.
UPDATE III: Check this out – USS Neverdock with some big guns on the BBC, yum. Thanks for linking too!
[tags]BBC, Middle East, Bias, Israel, Lebanon[/tags]