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Friday, January 09, 2009

SkyNews Beats BBC For Bias

SkyNews has been on all afternoon as I got ready for Shabbat. You would never know, if your were a European watching this channel, that Hamas was even involved in the war in Gaza.

There is almost no mention of Hamas in their broadcasts. There is lots of speculation about what plumes of smoke over Gaza may mean (some of them mean fuel depots--clue: black oil-based smoke--and some of them mean missile storage --clue: multiple secondary explosions.) Lots of unverified accusations against Israel by "Palestinian spokesmen" who are never identified. When face-time is absolutely necessary, some Palestine pimp is pushed in front of the cameras.

The most damning indictment of British "news coverage" isn't the hysterical accusations, the blatant bias but the sheer factual inaccuracy of things easily verified.

Today, SkyNews repeatedly stated that "Israel refused to accept the U.N. proposal for a cease-fire." This was stated overtly by journalists in the field and by anchors in the station. It ran as a ticker below all the other news stories of the day.

What SkyNews said only once, and never repeated again in the three hours afterwards, is that Hamas rejected the U.N. resolution. First.

Hamas also opened fire on Israel, launching missiles yesterday during the "humanitarian truce," missile crews no doubt quite secure in the knowledge that they could go to their stations and launch with impunity.

And again, today . Of course, today it's not such a surprise after yesterday's truce violation, and after watching Hamas fire missiles all morning at Israeli towns and cities.

Hamas categorically rejected Thursday's UNSC call for a cease-fire, telling the al-Arabiya satellite channel that the group "is not interested in it because it does not meet the demands of the movement."

This got virtually no coverage on Sky News, and any talk at all about the cease-fire violations were tagged solely to Israel. Nothing was said about the missile launches that have hit Israel all day; smoke rising from Gaza was attributed to Israeli air-strikes (according to the alway-anonymous "Palestinian spokesmen") but oddly enough, not one journalist seemed to own a watch. What blew up in Gaza this afternoon blew up after the 3-hour humanitarian window ended, but that didn't stop British "journalists" from asserting on their newscasts that Israel violated the "truce."

Needless to say, no mention whatsoever was made of the more than 30 medium and long-range rocket attacks launched by Hamas in response to the UN call for a cease-fire.

But "the Jews control the media" and "Israel manipulates the media." Yeah, right.

Just to sign off for Shabbat, I thought I would include a photo from Gaza, "the most densely populated place in the world."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this.

Shabbat Shalom.

Friday, January 9, 2009 at 7:35:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

My pleasure.....Shavua tov!

Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 7:45:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger Mo-ha-med said...

SkyNews pro-palestinian? Let me guess, next thing will be Fox News? and perhaps Arutz Sheva?

I mean, the BBC is pro-Israeli enough to make claims of its "pro-palestinianness" hilarious.

First, you can't blame the media for being inaccurate if Israel won't allow journalists inside Gaza - and then complain that they can only speculate about 'columns of smoke' and take second-hand reports.
And look at this the way the army surely does - isn't it better to have journalists speculating about the smoke as they sip their cappuccinos in Ashkelon, rather than being on the ground and discovering that the smoke is actually the rubble of a school with 45 civilians burning inside?

(and being upset that a medical organisation operating under fire has political ideas is a little bit ludicrous. Because obviously, Israel has succeeded in pushing the bigger/more neutral/more established organisations out, by targeting their personnel (3 UN personnel are dead already, including a truck driver, which caused UNRWA to suspend its operations).

It takes a lot of commitment to continue serving in a zone when you know that you're being deliberately targeted.
This is worthy of respect, not of criticism.

Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 9:11:00 PM GMT+2  

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