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23 April 2013 – The Electronic Intifada
Israel’s occupation is airbrushed from the BBC’s coverage.
The American poet T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month.” The phrase springs to mind in April 2013, the month that a new director-general took up his post at the BBC and, within two weeks, had installed a line-up of hardline Zionists at the top of the world’s largest publicly-funded news organization.
1 May 2013
If you don’t know the work of Italian playwright Dario Fo, now’s your chance to hear the BBC’s radio adaptation of the stage play (which I saw in London many moons ago). Brilliant, funny and still timely (if not more so) than when it was written in the 1970s. Continue reading this...
VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 23 April 2013: Apologists for Israel take top posts at BBC
23 April 2013 – VTJP
International Middle East Media Center
Police Arrests Two Israeli Teenage Settlers For Torching Palestinian Cars
IMEMC – The Israeli Police announced on Tuesday evening that it apprehended two Israeli teenage setters living in an illegal settlement outpost near Dir Jareer village, north east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, as they are believed to be involved in torching 10 Palestinian vehicles earlier on Tuesday. …
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3 April 2013 – The Electronic Intifada
The extent to which the BBC is prepared to misreport on the Israeli occupation has been made clear once again. A new ruling by the BBC Trust has defended the corporation’s coverage of the Rachel Corrie case, even though it falsely implied that the unarmed activist was in some way responsible for the deaths of Israeli soldiers.
VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 3 April 2013: BBC defends false claims linking Rachel Corrie to killings of Israeli soldiers
3 April 2013 – VTJP
Army Kidnaps 16 Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC – Wednesday at dawn, April 3, 2013, Israeli soldiers invaded several areas in the occupied West Bank districts of Hebron, Bethlehem and occupied East Jerusalem, and kidnapped 16 Palestinians after breaking into their homes, and searching them. …
2 April 2013 — New Left Project
The tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq was marked in Baghdad with a wave of deadly bombings that killed at least sixty people and injured over two hundred. In Britain the anniversary brought on a wave of retrospectives and handwringing recollections by the likes of the BBC’s John Simpson. Simpson and other media pundits who gave credence to the government’s claims on WMD a decade ago have yet to apologise for their role in building the case for invasion. Continue reading this...
On March 25th the House of Commons’ Political and Constitutional Reform Committee published Do We Need A Constitutional Convention for the UK? Though the report acknowledged widespread opposition to the idea – from the government, from the Scottish National Party and from the Conservative party in Wales, as well as from some members of the committee itself – it concluded that a convention was necessary, in order to address the growing strains on the UK‘s constitution caused by ‘a huge amount of incremental constitutional change over the past two decades’ (p.17).
29 March 2013 — NationofChange
A shocking new report by The Guardian and BBC Arabic details how the United States armed and trained Iraqi death squads that ran torture centers. It is a story that stretches from the U.S.-backed death squads in Central America during the 1980s to the imprisoned Army whistleblower Bradley Manning.
26 March 2013 — Media Lens
Global Warming, Propaganda-Journalism And The Definition Of Insanity
The systematic propaganda of the corporate media – its deep-rooted antipathy towards upholding proper journalistic standards in the public interest – extends to its coverage of human-induced climate change. The Independent recently delivered a masterpiece of headline obfuscation with: ‘World cools on global warming as green fatigue sets in.’
22 March, 2013 — Global Research
14 March, 2013 — Vice Magazine
London, February 2002. A tiny, dark and intense woman waited at the end of a lecture until I was alone, brought her face strangely close to mine and whispered, “President Chavez needs you. Right now. To Caracas. Right now. You must come to see him.”
President Who? All I knew about this Hugo Chavez guy was that he was an Latin-American jefe, led a bungled coup and was filled with a lot of populist bullshit and a lot of oil.
10 March 2013 — New Left Project
Yesterday, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported that journalists and experts are bullshitters, nearly to the last one.
13 March 2013 — Media Lens
Following the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on March 5, the BBC reported from the funeral:
‘More than 30 world leaders attended the ceremony, including Cuban President Raul Castro, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus.
‘A message was read out from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.’
5 March, 2013 — Greg Palast
For BBC Television, Palast met several times with Hugo Chàvez, who passed away today.
As a purgative for the crappola fed to Americans about Chavez, my foundation, The Palast Investigative Fund, is offering the film, The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, as a FREE download. Based on my several meetings with Chavez, his kidnappers and his would-be assassins, filmed for BBC Television. DVDs also available. Continue reading this...
5 March 2013 — Media Lens
It is a prerequisite for corporate journalists that they respect the ideological conventions of their paymasters and of state power – a vital source of ‘news‘ and ‘informed’ comment, after all. At the same time, the corporate journalist likes to project a self-serving image as a valiant investigator, a champion of democracy, and a facilitator of fair and balanced debate. All too often, of course, the public can see through the charade.