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

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

BBC News omits race hate aspect of murder of White

In Man charged over stabbing murder, one can read the following:
A man has been charged with the murder of a keen photographer on South Tyneside.

On Saturday, Northumbria Police charged Scott Trevor Nicholls, 20, of Borough Road, South Shields, with murder.

Mr Nicholls will appear at South Tyneside Magistrates Court on Monday.

Shortly after the killing three men were arrested on suspicion of murder and released on police bail. One of the men was re-arrested on Friday.
BBC News seems to have “forgotten” to mention a pivotal aspect of the story, which The Daily Telegraph refers to in the title of its article covering the story, Police re-arrest man over 'race hate' killing, the article from which the following excerpts are taken:
A man has been re-arrested over the suspected race hate killing of a photographer who was stabbed through the heart after leaving home to take pictures of snow-covered hills.

She added that detectives had not ruled out a racist motive as Lee and his mother had both made previous complaints of racial abuse outside their home in King George Road, South Shields.

As part of the murder inquiry detectives are investigating a number of alleged racial incidents at the family home where Lee lived with his 53-year-old mother Barbara Yusuf Porter, who is of Somali descent.

CCTV footage has shown youths walking past the home making inflammatory gestures and swastikas have previously been scrawled on the property.
Why does BBC News think that the suspected motive for the murder, race hate, isn’t worth reporting? Ah, of course, ethnic minorities can’t be racist, only Whites can!