Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hugh Sykes again

In this week’s From Our Own Correspondent, the BBC’s Hugh Sykes returns to his favourite theme - Katyushas ain’t so bad. (No BBC transcript available but it's the first report if you can bear to listen online).
More than a thousand Lebanese civilians died in this brutal conflict; fewer than one hundred civilians perished in Israeli. Thousands of homes were destroyed in Lebanon; a few dozen were hit by Hezbollah rockets in Israel. And the Hezbollah weapons, despite the presumed generosity of their Iranian benefactors, are hit or miss devices which cannot be accurately guided after they’ve been launched.
Look Hugh, it's like this. Hezbollah endangers Lebanese civilians by using them as cover to fire rockets. Israel provides bomb shelters for its people.

"despite the presumed generosity of their Iranian benefactors" Oh, give me strength.

"Hit or miss devices which cannot be accurately guided" Which makes them more accpetable?

It’s as if the BBC has decided to respond to criticism of its Middle East coverage by saying, “Screw you. Just look how pro-Hezbollah we can be when we really try!


Blogger David said...

No mention of the ball bearings inside the unaimed and therefore even more deadly Hezrockets....

8:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A concise succinct analysis. Well spotted dfh.
Expect much more of this cos it looks like it will soon kick off again.

10:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, to add...
1000 civilans died? I have no doubt many did, and that's tragic, but unless Hugh knew them personally and saw them die he should qualify it with some references, ie 'the Lebanese govt says....'. Qana being a case in point.

10:11 pm  
Blogger behaimah said...

Could there be a more obvious example of the bias all of us have been mentioning. I say to all who have posted comments on this and other sites, lampooning our questioning of an apparent bias – defend this!!

Listen to Hugh. Listen to him in context. Listen to his exact words. Listen to him simply trivialise Israeli victims. Listen to him defend Hezbollah using the logic that their inefficiency to carry out their aims, means they really aren’t that bad. Listen to him somehow explain ‘hit or miss’ fire as a more humane approach to killing.

Once you have heard of all this, then I want you to wait for a producer or a BBC executive to request a withdrawal, or even a simple clarification. For if neither of these come, you can not deny the BBC has no concern for objectivity nor even the very lives of Israeli victims.

But then again, if it's not really effecting you personaly, who cares.....

"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me." Martin Niemöller

10:47 pm  
Blogger RJ said...

Vital Perspective has two PowerPoint presentations showing the damage the ketusha rockets did. Very good.

4:07 am  
Blogger Rastaman said...

I think you guys only listen to the Bullshit Broadcasting Co. so you can have something to blog about. Really.
Otherwise why bother?

If you want to hear pro-Hezbollah lies you can tune them in on Fox or CNN or any Western, Euro or Eastern station, they all willingly point their cameras at the latest crap-spewing pair of buttock lips. BBC is perhaps just handier and more reliable in this regard?

As soon as some ranting imams face appears, I change channels. There is simply no point in listening to bullshit unless you like getting all in a froth over stupid lies. The same is true for "newscasters" who start spouting slanted crap. CLICK! Next channel.

I blog the truth as close as I can come to it and listening to the rantings of liars does not provide me with good factual material or insight. Not trying to be snotty, just saying, there's too much trash out there to wade thru so why even start?


7:17 am  
Anonymous JohnOfBorg said...


Fox and CNN do not force people to subscribe through threats of heavy fines and imprisonment.

7:51 pm  

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