BBC’s baffling decision over appeal


by Rumbold
25th January, 2009 at 5:36 pm    

The BBC is continuing to refuse to show a humanitarian appeal for Gaza, arguing that to do so would dent its reputation for impartiality. This strikes me as a very strange decision, as one of the few areas that the BBC isn’t at risk of partiality is when it broadcasts humanitarian appeals. A starving child is a starving child, regardless of the causes. It doesn’t matter who or what led to the lack of food, the idea should be to give the child enough to eat. The best thing the BBC can do now is to show the appeal as quickly as possible, unless it can explain who benefits from the decision not to show the appeal: the Israelis certainly don’t, nor Jews in this country.


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  1. blah — on 25th January, 2009 at 5:42 pm  

    Does the fact BBC chief Mark thompsons wife is Jewish have an impact?

    “”Not many people know this, but Mark is actually a deeply religious man. He’s a Catholic, but his wife is Jewish, and he has a far greater regard for the Israeli cause than some of his predecessors.”

    Understandably, an official BBC spokesman was anxious to downplay talk of an exclusively pro-Israeli charm offensive.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/pandora/bbc-chief-holds-peace-talks-in-jerusalem-with-ariel-sharon-517400.html

  2. Refresh — on 25th January, 2009 at 5:45 pm  

    It is strange. Its difficult to know how strange. It is worth considering that Ariel Sharon had found a partner for peace in the BBC.

    This despite previous media analysis actually showed the majority of the public in Britain THINK that its the Palestinians that are occupying the West Bank and Gaza.

    That is quite a coup for Israeli statecraft, and it is what allows them to revel in massacres from the top of The Hill of Shame.

  3. Sunny — on 25th January, 2009 at 5:52 pm  

    whoops, didn’t see your post Rumbold…

  4. Rumbold — on 25th January, 2009 at 6:00 pm  

    If you want to take this one down, that is fine.

  5. SE — on 25th January, 2009 at 6:06 pm  

    The BBC has always been Pro-Israel, they’re no different then the Daily Mail.

  6. chairwoman — on 25th January, 2009 at 6:08 pm  

    Does the fact BBC chief Mark thompsons wife is Jewish have an impact?

    “”Not many people know this, but Mark is actually a deeply religious man. He’s a Catholic, but his wife is Jewish, and he has a far greater regard for the Israeli cause than some of his predecessors.”

    Understandably, an official BBC spokesman was anxious to downplay talk of an exclusively pro-Israeli charm offensive.”

    I’m having a problem working out if I am more disgusted with the BBC for not broadcasting a humanitarian appeal, or Blah for assuming that Mark Thompson’s wife being Jewish has anything to do with the decision.

  7. chairwoman — on 25th January, 2009 at 6:12 pm  

    SE – Have you actually watched the BBC or read the Daily Mail?

    There has been no support of Israel on the BBC.

    Melanie Philips opinions are her own. The Daily Mail, like all other British newspapers, has been nothing but critical of Israel over the past few weeks.

    You appear to confuse disapproval of Hamas’s actions with support for Israel.

  8. fug — on 25th January, 2009 at 6:43 pm  

    its important that more and more people see through the corporate media’s claims of ‘impartiality’ and ‘purity’ and beneficence.

    the bbc’s kudos has already been unclothed by the emergence of other media alternatives. but this takes the biscuit, one of their scally wags was saying that they were the only people with reporters in gaza. ‘only’ ey?

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