Friday, 25 March 2011
Malicious BBC anti-Israel bias shows up again after Jerusalem bombing
Now this is not the kind of instance of BBC bias to have you performing a karate kick at your TV set. But in its way, it tells you a lot about the propagandistic mindset that rules the BBC newsroom. After yesterday’s bomb attack in Jerusalem — such attacks are always carried out by “militants”, according to the BBC, not “terrorists” — a line of vital context is introduced in the reporting to tell readers that bomb attacks are much less common than they used to be.
“Jerusalem suffered a spate of bus bombings by militants between 2000 and 2004, but attacks had stopped in recent years,” the report said. What? They just “stopped”? Like yesterday afternoon it “stopped” raining? An act of God, perhaps? As fully paid up opponents of the security barrier and of pretty well every other security measure taken by Israel in recent years the BBC knows full well what it is doing here.
It was clearly necessary to tell readers that it has been quite some time since anyone has carried out an attack. But for an anti-Zionist outfit like the BBC, this poses a problem. Everyone who follows the story knows that Israel has taken radical steps to prevent terror attacks and that such self-defensive operations are always referred to by the BBC as themselves functioning as a “root cause” of terrorism.
For an objective and unbiased news organisation it would be compulsory to point out that Israel has taken such steps and that, therefore, it is now incredibly difficult to mount terror attacks though, of course, no security system is foolproof. But this doesn’t quite fit the narrative, does it? So the BBC simply omits all mention of the matter leaving the reader in a state of blissful ignorance.
As I say, nothing to get overly excited about. But a nasty and malicious piece of reporting nonetheless