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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:05 AM

Pilger ~ As Gaza Is Savaged Again, Understanding The BBC’s Role Requires More Than Sentiment

By John Pilger

Source: johnpilger.com

Friday, November 23, 2012

http://www.zcommunications.org/as-gaza-is-savaged-again-understanding-the-bbc-s-role-requires-more-than-sentiment-by-john-pilger

The BBC’s “Reithian values” of impartiality and independence are almost scriptural in their mythology. Soon after the corporation was founded in the 1920s by Lord John Reith, Britain was consumed by the General Strike. “Reith emerged as a kind of hero,” wrote the historian Patrick Renshaw, “who had acted responsibly and yet preserved the precious independence of the BBC. But though this myth persisted it has little basis in reality … the price of that independence was in fact doing what the government wanted done.[Prime Minister Stanley] Baldwin … saw that if they preserved the BBC’s independence, it would be much easier for them to get their way on important questions and use it to broadcast Government propaganda.”

Unknown to the public, Reith had been the prime minister’s speech writer. Ambitious to become Viceroy of India, he ensured the BBC became an evangelist of imperial power, with “impartiality” duly suspended whenever that power was threatened. This “principle” has applied to the BBC’s coverage of every colonial war of the modern era: from the covered-up genocide in Indonesia and suppression of eyewitness film of the American bombing of North Vietnam to support for the illegal Blair/Bush invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the now familiar echo of Israeli propaganda whenever that lawless state abuses its captive, Palestine. This reached a nadir in 2009 when, terrified of Israeli reaction, the BBC refused to broadcast a combined charities appeal for the people of Gaza, half of whom are children, most of them malnourished and traumatised by Israeli attacks. The United Nations Rapporteur, Richard Falk, has likened Israel’s blockade of Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto under siege by the Nazis. Yet, to the BBC, Gaza – like the 2010 humanitarian relief flotilla murderously attacked by Israeli commandos – largely presents a public relations problem for Israel and its US sponsor.

Mark Regev, Israel’s chief propagandist, seemingly has a place reserved for him near the top of BBC news bulletins. In 2010, when I pointed this out to Fran Unsworth, now elevated to director of news, she strongly objected to the description of Regev as a propagandist, adding, “It’s not our job to go out and appoint the Palestinean spokesperson”.

With similar logic, Unsworth’s predecessor, Helen Boaden, described the BBC’s reporting of the criminal carnage in Iraq as based on the “fact that Bush has tried to export democracy and human rights to Iraq”. To prove her point, Boaden supplied six A4 pages of verifiable lies from Bush and Tony Blair. That ventriloquism is not journalism seemed not to occur to either woman.

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Reply Pilger ~ As Gaza Is Savaged Again, Understanding The BBC’s Role Requires More Than Sentiment (Original post)
polly7 Nov 2012 OP
shira Nov 2012 #1
choie Nov 2012 #3
ProgressiveProfessor Nov 2012 #4
shira Nov 2012 #5
polly7 Nov 2012 #6
shira Nov 2012 #7
kooljerk666 Nov 2012 #2

Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:25 AM

1. The BBC's role is to help enable Hamas.

 

Hamas would not attack Israel the way they do if their strategy of sacrificing Palestinian civilians (as shields) didn't work so effectively. They can only pull these shenanigans off with a willing media partner helping the Palestinian leadership to manipulate world opinion.

Pilger is a booster of Hamas and willing accomplice to their victimization of Palestinians. He gets off on Palestinian misery just like Hamas does, in order to bash Israel in the cognitive warfare arena. Pilger and his ilk gladly assist Hamas in displaying Palestinian dead for maximum effect.

To sum it up, Hamas intentionally places rockets in schools & hospitals in order to use civilians as shields, knowing that any civilian death can be pinned on Israel. Never on them. Who would be ghoulish enough to do that to their own people? Worse, which fiends would actually support, enable, and be a willing accomplice to such a disgusting practice? Hamas are shameless and Pilger along with his ilk are a disgrace for supporting them.

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Response to shira (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:26 PM

3. that's crap.

John Pilger is one of the few reporters that are not tied to the corporate media. His reportage provides the opportunity to hear the vantage point of people that's rarely heard. To say he "gets off" on Palestinian misery is perverse.

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Response to choie (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:36 PM

4. No Pilger is indeed perverse

IMO he is using ME issues for his own personal aggrandizement and self promotion.

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Response to choie (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:24 PM

5. He's a vile piece of shit....

 

Besides being a supporter of Hamas and apologist for their war crimes, he has stated:

a) "the Zionist state remains the cause of more regional grievance and sheer terror than all the Muslim states combined.”

b) He argued an attack on Gaza was a "final solution to the problem of the Palestinians" and that it was akin to "Nazi strangulation of the Warsaw ghetto". What Israel does is "genocide"....

more here:
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/John+Pilger+on+Israel/Palestine:+a+critical+analysis+of+his+views+and...-a0198354454


He's so far left as to be indistinguishable from the fascist, kkk/neo-nazi far right.

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Response to shira (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 06:57 AM

6. lmao.

I can almost feel your hate for anyone reporting the truth.

It burns !!!

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Response to polly7 (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:40 AM

7. Sad that you think those examples are the "truth". n/t

 

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:29 AM

2. BBC sounds like better "Con Men" than US Media.............

 

Just workin for everyone but the truth when anyone on Downing ST or in the DC beltway is uncomfortable with anything happening it gets ignored or turned 180 degrees.

I watched something on sex/tv music guy/ sex scandal & understand it rocked the country, they lost most creds with me longs ago.

Dr Who on BBC America is cool once in a while.........
Daleks conquer and destroy!!! Daleks conquer and destroy!!! Daleks conquer and destroy!!! Daleks conquer and destroy!!!

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