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1 SilentAlfa  Mar 24, 2011 4:28:20pm

On Wednesday, a bomb left at a bus stop in Jerusalem killed one person and wounded many others. No group has said it carried out that attack. “

“A bomb is inanimate. It is placed. Deliberately. It is then detonated. By a person. But no matter. No group claimed the bomb, so to the BBC it came to life, Golem-life, and attacked people”

Actually here is what happened: On wednesday, somebody left a bomb at a bus stop and it killed one person and injured a whole bunch of others. Then, no terrorist group or otherwise claimed responsibility. Then BBC reported exactly that (because that’s exactly what happened).

Don’t think I see your point with the last one, what was BBC supposed to report? They reported exactly what they knew at the time. Nobody claimed responsibility, so BBC reports nobody claims responsibility, so this somehow proves that BBC has an anti-israel agenda?

” Next, BBC’s reminds us that Israel likes to invade Gaza:
‘Exchanges since Saturday have been among the most serious since Israel’s major offensive in the coastal strip between December 2008 and January 2009. Gaza has been run by the Islamist Hamas movement since 2007. ’ “

Is this information false? If it’s not false, it’s not really misleading (IMHO), and it paints Israel in a fairly neutral light.

2 hellosnackbar  Mar 24, 2011 4:56:44pm

I must respectfully disagree with your opinion that the BBC only reported what they saw as nobody claimed responsibility;since the Israelis have no history of placing terrorist bombs in their own country.
Furthermore the reporting of the murder of the Fogel family in their beds was
limited to a single mention on radio4 and then dropped.
This was reported in today’s Daily Telegraph by an MP who is rightly upset that
such an atrocity was given such scant attention.
I can only conclude that there is some kind of agreement with the Palestinians
that such matters are to be ignored when possible;in order that future reporting
in Gaza and the West Bank be not impeded by the natives against the BBC
for delineating such matters.
I pay a license fee and expect the full unvarnished truth;anything else stinks of collusion.
If in wild speculation a murderous Israeli were to perpetrate such a crime;
then I’msure we would have heard a lot more about it.
But the corrupt victimhood as embraced by Palestinian interests seems to be
accepted behaviour these days.
Remember Reuters cropping those photos?

3 sliv_the_eli  Mar 24, 2011 4:59:55pm

re: #1 SilentAlfa

It’s all about the context, the choice of words and the grammatical construct. The BBC routinely describes terrorist acts aimed at Israeli civilians using entirely passive language that is intended — because they work with words for a living and give thought to how they present words — to shield the active perpetrators of the terrorism. Likewise, when every action by Hamas and its allies is (a) routinely coupled with an immediately preceding Israeli aciton; and (b) contrasted with an even larger Israeli action for which no context is provided, it is intended to, or has to be known to have the effect of, creating a misleading image of what is actually happening.
Finally, if this was the only time this had happened in BBC reporting, it would not be an issue and neither I, nor anyone else, would accuse it of an anti-Israel bias. However, this is not a once-off event. This type of subtle misinformation is endemic to BBC reporting on the Arab-Israel conflict. Today’s story is entirely consistent with that pattern.

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