Is the BBC biased TOWARDS Israel? (Laugh.. go on!)
Sadly, this is a uniform view across pro-Palestinian groups - who think the BBC is an Israeli propaganda outfit. Seriously...
To the untrained eye, this might seem much of a muchness, but with the plethora of evidence about BBC bias, it is incredibly galling to read about how pro-Palestinian groups argue that the British Broadcasting Corporation favours an Israel narrative.
Organisations like The Commentator, BBCWatch and others exist in part (or in the latter's case, primarily) to combat media bias, to expose where hypocrisy and scandal occurs, and to show how unfair the BBC is when it comes to Middle East reporting.
Probably, in reality, the signatories know they're just pushing back the other way to maintain the status quo. But here's what their petition, signed by over 10,000 people now, says:
"Many people believe that the BBC is biased in favour of Israel in its reporting; it is time for a Public Inquiry into this.
The BBC is a world respected media organisation, widely respected for its news and editorial coverage. However, whilst it is generally regarded as an serious, unbiased and authoritative source of news and comment, many feel that its coverage of events in the Middle East, specifically in relation Arab Israeli matters, and those relating to the Palestinian people in particular, shows continued bias in favour of Israel, in which the BBC fails to relate a complete and objective view and seems to portray a view that favours Israel and its government over that of other parties.
This bias appears to be endemic through the BBC's various news and editorial programmes and media. Whilst bias is something that might be expected of a privately owned media organisation, it is unacceptable in an organisation like the BBC, which has a unique status in being accountable to the British public.
Numerous individual complaints have been raised with the BBC regarding this over time. However, these by their nature generally relate to specific programmes and events, and would not address a much bigger problem of systematic bias.
This petition calls upon the Trustees of the BBC Trust to initiate a full, impartial and public inquiry into the way that the BBC reports on matters relating to Israel in relation to events in the Middle East, with the objective of establishing whether such bias exists and if so how this should be remedied on an enduring basis in the short and long term."
Haven't we had something similar before?
It was called the Balen report, and it was commissioned after complaints of anti-Israel bias.
All the signatories to the above petition need to know is that the Balen report wasn't released for a reason. In fact, it has been hidden by the BBC at a cost of over £300,000 to the British licence-fee payer (anyone who owns a television).
Would the BBC hide a report that declared its coverage was unbiased? Of course not. It would trumpet such a thing. And while we shouldn't be alarmist about these things - the report is said to have 'no smoking gun' but rather a series of small incidents showing anti-Israel bias - the truth remains simple.
Then you remember, most of them don't say a word about things like this.
Does the term 'morally bankrupt' ring any bells?
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