Friday, May 26, 2006

BBC News attempt to associate racism with the Right, again

In February I posted on BBC News’s attempt to associate neo-fascism and racism with the Right.

In Belgians march to honour victims one can read the following:
Thousands of people have joined an anti-racism march in Belgium following the killing of a woman of African origin and a two-year-old child.

The gunman had earlier shot and injured a woman of Turkish descent as she sat reading a book on a bench in the city centre.

The 18-year-old suspect, believed to be a right-wing extremist, was shot and wounded by police and remains under guard in hospital.
The BBC refers to the racist killer as “a right-wing extremist”, once again an unsubtle attempt to associate racism with the Right, when he should very obviously have been referred to as a “far right extremist” (following the common practice of placing left-of-centre racists on the far right).

Sunday, April 16, 2006

BBC creates news in order to cast negative light on Catholic reaction to film

The Roman Catholic prelature Opus Dei has written an open letter to Sony on the subject of the conversial Da Vinci Code film, a letter in which one can read the following:
Some of the media have specifically written that Sony is considering the possibility of including at the start of the film a disclaimer making it clear that this is a work of fiction, and that any resemblance to reality is pure coincidence. An eventual decision of Sony in this direction would be a sign of respect towards the figure of Jesus Christ, the history of the Church, and the religious beliefs of viewers.
Opus Dei has informed Sony that it considers that the inclusion at the start of the film of a disclaimer making it clear that it is a work of fiction “would be a sign of respect towards the figure of Jesus Christ, the history of the Church and the religious beliefs of viewers.”

How does BBC News title the story? Group demands Da Vinci disclaimer — yes, “demands”; the BBC states that, by informing Sony that it would appreciate a disclaimer at the start of the film, Opus Dei “demands” one. In the article, one can read:
Catholic group Opus Dei has asked for a disclaimer to be placed on the film of The Da Vinci Code, released next month.

The organisation said it had written to Sony Pictures executives in Japan to ask the studio to emphasise that the film was a work of fantasy.
As can be read in Opus Dei’s open letter, it is not asking for anything, merely telling Sony that it considers that a disclaimer at the start of the film emphasising that it is a work of fantasy would be a sign of respect to the Catholic faith. Quite conveniently, BBC News doesn’t link to the letter in question, so that it can freely spin the story as it wishes, most probably to create a parallel between the reaction of Catholics to The Da Vinci Code film and that of Muslims to the Muhammad cartoons.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

BBC News attempts to pass Palestinian militant deaths off as civilian deaths

In 'Israel to step up Gaza shelling', one can read the following:
She was the 16th Palestinian to die in Israeli air and artillery attacks on Gaza in the past four days.
A sentence much like the following (from memory) was removed from the article:
Israel says it will step up Gaza shelling despite the deaths of 16 Palestinians in the past four days.
The bias by omission is nothing less than outraging: BBC News wishes to have the reader believe that the 16 Palestinians killed were civilians, quite obviously, or it would state that of those 16 killed, 13 were militants:
I feel sorry for those who have to pay for this “news” service.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

BBC News endorsement of illegal immigrants rights protestors

Matt Frei’s diary on the subject was bad enough.

In Immigrants find strength in numbers, one can read the following endorsement of illegal immigrants rights protestors:
Anywhere else and you might have expected to see vast numbers of police.

[Image of protestors in Los Angeles, the caption of which is: “The protesters' slogans are inclusive and non-confrontational”]
But not here and not with these people.

It is downtown Los Angeles and once again thousands of Latinos have marched, in peace, to claim the right for illegal immigrants to stay here.

They do not want confrontation. Instead they want to influence politicians.
The protestors marched “in peace” (hitting one counter-demonstrator on the head doing so) and “do not want confrontation”, and their slogans are “inclusive and non-confrontational”. How lovely.

Santa Ana in Orange County is a more conservative place. Hispanics marched here as well but their numbers were in the hundreds, not thousands.
“A more conservative place”? Hispanics are right to be afraid of those conservative types; to which lengths could they go in order to impede protestors?

Bravely, some might say foolishly, one woman stepped up to confront them. It happened right in front of us.

When the woman had taken on everyone in sight the crowd duly booed her and moved off.
She was “duly” booed off — she got her comeuppance!

Of course, the puff piece also includes an example of those poor victims of the legal system, immigrants themselves:
It is drawing people like Freddie and Maria. Freddie lives here legally but Maria, his wife, does not.

They fear she will be deported at any time. She dreads separation from her husband and her two daughters.

They never leave the state of California, believing that crossing state lines puts them at risk of exposure.

They hardly go out. Freddie admits it is no way to live.
She could be deported at anytime and dreads separation from her two daughters and her husband, who “admits” that “it is no way to live”, all this because she has no rights as an illegal immigrant — darn American legal system!

As Peter Lanteri, director of New York’s chapter of the Minutemen, a volunteer border watch group, says: “Illegal is illegal, and they break our laws to come here”. Tell that to the BBC.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

BBC News refers to Hamas retaliation threats without mentioning Hamas

In Israeli shells 'kill Palestinian', one can read the following:
Israel's Haaretz newspaper reports that the country's security forces have gone on alert, after militant threats to retaliate for the deaths.
Which militants are threatening to retaliate for the deaths? None other than Hamas, the group leading the Palestinian Authority.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

BBC News bias in reports on IDF killing of Palestinian terrorists

In Israeli missile kills two in Gaza, one can read the following:
An Israeli missile has struck a car in Gaza City, killing at least two of its occupants and wounding two others, Palestinian officials say.
In the lead paragraph, there is no indication that those killed are militants.
The attack reportedly killed militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.
Ynetnews has published a report on the attack, of which the introduction includes the following:
2 Palestinians killed, others injured – all members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
There seems to be no doubt about the inclusion of those killed in the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, yet BBC News says that this is “reportedly” the case, as if Israel was covering up that it was not.
Palestinians often fire crude rockets into Israeli territory but these rarely cause any casualties.
Oh, well that’s alright then!

In Six killed in Israeli air strike, one can read the following:
Six Palestinians, including a child, have been killed in an Israeli air strike outside a militant training camp near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The dead included a senior commander in the Popular Resistance Committees group and his young son.
Six Palestinians killed, one of them a militant and another a child — does that mean the four others were civilians? Not according to reports from, among others, Ynetnews, Haaretz, The Guardian and Ireland On-Line.

Also, why no BBC News reports on Hamas’s claim that Israel “will pay for its crimes”?

Monday, April 03, 2006

Archive of BBC-related news

This is the archive of BBC-related news, which can be read in the sidebar, where items will be displayed for a week before being moved to this page in reverse chronological order.

April 2006

March 2006