Media Lens: ‘Disgustingly Biased’ – The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre

24 July 2014 — Media Lens

Soon after Malaysian Airlines MH17 crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine on July 18, killing 298 people, the BBC website quickly, and rightly, set up a ‘LIVE’ feed with rolling reports and commentary on the disaster. This was clearly an important and dramatic event involving horrific loss of life with serious political implications. The public would, of course, be searching for the latest news.

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UK SEP National Secretary interviewed on BBC Daily Politics

4 June 2014 — WSWS

On Monday Chris Marsden, the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in the UK, was interviewed on the BBC 2’s Daily Politics show.

The interview, with journalist Jo Coburn, was in response to the SEP’s official complaint that a previous May 21 interview with Marsden on the show ended with interviewer Giles Dilnot, “suggesting that the SEP is a violent organisation that would kill journalists.” (See, “SEP European election candidate Chris Marsden interviewed on BBC 2’s Daily Politics”)

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Media Lean Left, Say Journalists Who Don't Really Say That By Peter Hart

20 December 2013 — FAIR Blog

politicoThe end of a  story in Politico (12/18/13), about a Politico media roundtable featuring CNN’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, and Peter Baker and Mark Leibovich of the New York Times, caught my eye: 

All four journalists were in agreement that the media in general leans left. Tapper said it’s simplistic to call out conservative or liberal, but it is a question of experiences and lifestyle. Most reporters and editors in New York or Washington have never worked a minimum wage job, experienced poverty or are Evangelical Christians, Tapper said.

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FT journalist accuses press warmongers

8 April 2011 — Morning Star

A leading Financial Times journalist accused the British media today of ‘buttering up’ the population to support the war on Libya.

At a Stop the War Coalition fringe event at the NUJ conference the paper’s assistant news editor David Crouch accused the Times and the Evening Standard of running a campaign to bring about Western intervention.

He said of the anti-Gadaffi rebels: ‘We are told that the opposition is defenceless – they are not.

‘They have liberated arms depots. They have tanks and had fighter planes, at least until they shot two of their own down.’

Mr Crouch labelled Colonel Gadaffi ‘a brutal dictator’ but questioned several stories which have accused forces loyal to the Libyan leader of carrying out ‘massacres.’

‘Reporters have been to the areas where it is alleged they took place and are not finding any evidence,’ he said.

He added that he regretted his paper’s backing for Nato action in north Africa but added: ‘The first causality of war is the truth.

‘The war is about the West reasserting their control over their former colonial back yard.’

Truth, Propaganda and Media Manipulation By Global Research

24 March 2011 — Global Research

Never before has it been so important to have independent, honest voices and sources of information. We are – as a society – inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them. The main sources of information, for both public and official consumption, include the mainstream media, alternative media, academia and think tanks. Continue reading

Truth, Propaganda and Media Manipulation By Global Research

24 March 2011 — Global Research

Never before has it been so important to have independent, honest voices and sources of information. We are – as a society – inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them. The main sources of information, for both public and official consumption, include the mainstream media, alternative media, academia and think tanks.

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Michael Arrington: journalists have a right to express their opinions

9 July, 2010 — Editors WeblogTechCrunch

nyt.jpgIn a recent article, Michael Arrington, writing for TechCrunch, argues that journalists should openly express their opinions and biases, despite the longstanding idea that journalists should hide their political biases. This argument by Arrington comes on the heels of CNN’s firing of Octavia Nasr because of a controversial tweet and the forced resignation of Helen Thomas because of her statements about Israel. ‘I think journalists have the right to express their opinions on the topics they cover,’ he writes. ‘More importantly, I think readers have a right to know what those opinions are.’

Arrington points to a particular conversation he had with one journalist who refused to state his political party outright. While this journalist felt that hiding his bias would allow him to maintain public credibility, Arrington argues that it is ‘necessary for people to know his political biases in order to understand his content in context.’

Moreover, Arrington points out that so-called unbiased articles are really just opinion pieces masquerading as objective reporting. He writes: ‘an added adjective here, an added paragraph there, just the right quote from a source and voilà, you’ve got yourself an opinion piece masked as a straight up unbiased piece of reporting.’

Also, after the advent of the Internet, many journals were left asking themselves if they should go in a more opinionated direction to satisfy readers’ inclination toward more overtly opinionated articles.

Rather than striving toward honest journalism, Arrington argues that journalists twist the words of their sources to fit their argument. He writes: ‘Pretending that you’re writing one story when you’re really writing another, and then twisting what your sources tell you to fit whatever it is that your editor told you to write isn’t ethical journalism.’

While journalists may try to minimize their political bias, completely eradicating opinions from their writings is practically impossible. Journalists’ writings are inextricably attached to their opinions, whether or not they realize or acknowledge it. And Arrington in right: advertising articles that are inherently biased as completely objective journalism is unethical. In subscribing to the idea that journalists aren’t biased, readers are only getting half of the story.

If given a context, (i.e. political opinion) readers would be better equipped to differentiate between fact and opinion. Media (writing, photographs, even tweets) is an imperfect medium: given that it is created and perpetuated by humans, it will always be biased. Yet, the recent firings of Thomas and Nasr signify that the media industry clearly has no interest in the personal opinions of journalists. Yet pretending that omnipresent journalistic bias doesn’t exist is not only dangerous, it is also hardly the way to go about striving toward ethical journalism.

As Arrington concludes, for the future of journalism, ‘here’s hoping we’ll start to get those deep, dark opinions out in the open for everyone to see.’

Sources: TechCrunch

PRC Action Alert: Direct Bias showed on BBC on Flotilla crime

2 June, 2010 — Palestinian Return Centre

The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) expressed its deep apprehension and anger over the BBC coverage regarding freedom Flotilla.

The Freedom Flotilla which is a mere humanitarian mission has been covered by a wide range of western media outlets in the last few days. The BBC started to speak about the Boats of the flotilla only in the last 2 days.

In most of its coverage BBC depended on Israeli sources whilst the Palestinian side has been ignored. PRC suggests that such coverage harm the image of BBC and could classify it as an alternative for some Israeli media outlets.

PRC and part of its day-to-day monitoring for BBC observed the following:

On one of its today’s article BBC gave a space for the Israeli side while it has ignored the Palestinian side. The official account of Israel though, Danny Ayalon, Israeli deputy foreign minister was presented, which stated that organizers’ intent was violent. The article mentioned that ‘Guns and knives’ were used by the civilian passengers.

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