When it's Labour it's a "Jewish claim", when it's UKIP it's "anti-Semitism"

The BBC uses the word "anti-Semitism" to suit its own political ends. When its friends are anti-Semites, it's ignored...

by Media Hawk on 30 April 2013 15:29

My friends over at BBC Watch have applauded the BBC for its recent new discovery - the word "anti-Semitism". 

In reporting the recent Tory-led opposition research into UKIP candidates on the run up to Britain's local elections, the BBC stated:

“A UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate in East Sussex has been suspended by the party over reports she posted anti-Semitic comments online.”

Which is nice, if taken alone as an example of accurate BBC reporting. Anna-Marie Crampton's comments have indeed been grossly anti-Semitic.

But the Beeb didn't adopt the same editorial policy for it's chums over in the Labour party recently, did it?

Do you recall, when Lord Ahmed accused 'the Jews' in the media of stitching him up? How did the Beeb report this? It was:

"Labour peer Lord Ahmed suspended after 'Jewish claims'"

When pressed on the matter, the BBC told members of the public that the word "anti-Semitism" was just too long to fit into its headline, which made no sense given that the word is one character longer, and the original article had plenty of space left on it's two-line header.

Instead I suggest to you that when it suits the BBC's political ends, they are happy to wheel out the 'a' word. But in the case of Lord Ahmed, it simply didn't suit the Beeb to call a spade a spade. 

So as much as I'm a fan of BBC Watch - I think the 'credit where it's due' line should be retracted. Because it most certainly is not.

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