21st August 2010
Congratulations, for once, to the BBC.
The videos below of Panorama’s “What happened on the Flotilla to Gaza” have been uploaded to the YouTube channel of Douglas Murray, who describes himself as BritishNeoCon
So that’s lost me one reader. Come BACK, Peter! You’re supposed to be of the right too!
These are videos of a recent Panorama programme. As far as I can tell they have not been doctored or edited by Murray. All the BBC’s own work. Must be worth an open-minded look.
1/2 – Panorama – What happened on the Flotilla to Gaza
2/2 – Panorama – What happened on the Flotilla to Gaza
Who is really to blame for the embargo? Israel that left Gaza peacefully, and was thanked with over 6000 rockets into Israel before finally giving in and responding, or Hamas that kills its co-religionists, places its civilians at military targets, and provokes Israel into finally stopping the barrage of missiles on civilian targets.
Who should we condemn though? Hamas that deliberately targets Israeli children and civilians, or Israel that enforced its own law of an embargo that was itself placed as a result of 6000 rockets, after the so-called peace activists broke Israeli law and attacked those soldiers attempting to enforce the law.
Was it pre-meditated? Was the result deliberate? Irrelevant, they were breaking Israeli law, and Israel enforced such. It’s especially laughable that so many liberals are so quick to condemn George Bush for overthrowing the tyrant Saddam Hussein, because he threatened multilateralism and international law, and these same people will support these so called peace activists who express an even clearer disregard for the law.
It’s so obvious that even the BBC recognised that these aims were completely disingenuous and embarrassingly and predictably large portions of the west fell for it nonetheless.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS
I missed this programme on the night. The Beeb’s present current affairs approach, and to be blunt the level of “opinion” and political comprehension of their contributors, questioners and commenters, such as on Question Time and Radios 4’s Any Questions has dulled my expectation of ever hearing anything approaching balance from the BBC. Apart from that the political bias of some of their reporters has been blatant and not exactly light-casting. Or not in the way they hope it will be.
For instance, there was TV superstar Laura Kuenssberg. Less than a month ago she was in trouble for misrepresentation during her coverage of Tony Blair at the Iraq Inquiry. This reprimand from the Complaints Department followed a complaint by a regular commenter at KTBFPM, reported here.
They call it “lying” when a politician misrepresents. But it’s still only “misrepresentation” when a journo does it.
The day Pat Condell appears on Any Questions, Question Time or Newsnight I will know a corner has been turned. (See video from Pat Condell in following post.)
Still, this Panorama programme is a small step in the right direction.
From Fresno Zionism (Hat tip to them for their article below and the video heads-up; with useful links):
The BBC breaks out
Excerpt from Fresno Zionism:
‘Despite the anti-Israel culture of the BBC, some journalistic blood apparently still flows in their reporter Jane Corbin, who presented a documentary about the Mavi Marmara affair called “Death in the Med” on the Panorama program this week.
Although the program gives far too much exposure to the repulsive American psychopath Ken O’Keefe, the facts of the events that transpired on May 31 are more or less correctly presented. Video of the ‘activists’ cutting up the ship’s rails for weapons, and of course the attack on the soldiers was shown. Near the end, Corbin says,
At the end of the day the bid to break the naval blockade wasn’t really about bringing aid to Gaza. It was a political move designed to put pressure on Israel and the international community. The price was high — nine people died — but the outcry assured that the flotilla achieved its aim: the IHH presented the dead as martyrs for the cause of Gaza.
Heavy stuff for the BBC!
Corbin allows Israeli Gen. Giora Eiland, who led the IDF investigation of the incident, to suggest that the Turkish government was well aware of the violent plans of the ‘activists’. She mentions the UN investigation, but does not draw the reasonable conclusion from the evidence in the program that the Turkish regime should be investigated — and held responsible for the deaths of the nine IHH ‘activists’ as well as the serious injuries to several Israelis.
Although one doesn’t normally congratulate someone for doing their job, the BBC is more like a drug addict that has been screwing his up for some time. It deserves credit for breaking free.
Of course, the usual suspects are absolutely livid. How dare Corbin and the BBC stick up for the Jew Among Nations, whose function is to be beaten bloody (like the naval commandos) for their satisfaction! You can see the comments here (the BBC has removed the usual obscene ones). Although I didn’t count them, about 90% of them refer to the ‘shocking pro-Israeli bias’ of the show, etc.
O’Keefe, apparently a celebrity in the UK (he would be considered a clear nutcase in the US) plans to demonstrate at the BBC this Sunday.’
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