Saturday, April 15, 2006

The BBC and Iran

Telegraph :
Israel will be annihilated in one storm, says Iran leader

"Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation," he said. "The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm."
In light of Iran’s recent claims over enriched uranium I think that’s a pretty significant statement, and most news outlets agree. Not the BBC though. For some reason, they’ve hidden Ahmadinejad’s comments in the sixteenth paragraph of this article on Russia’s decision to give aid to Hamas.

I also notice that the BBC still hasn't reported on the case of the Iranian girl Nazanin who faces the death sentence for stabbing to death one of three men attempting to rape her and her niece:

Campaigns to prevent the execution of multiple-murdering gangsters in the US get the full weight of BBC publicity. Why is the Corporation so coy about news from Iran? Has it got anything to do with last month's report that the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Foundation claims to have signed a “huge agreement” with Britain’s state broadcaster? Or is it just plain old BBC bias? Maybe it’s both.

[And there's nothing from the BBC on the country that the UN Commission on Disarmament has elected to be its latest deputy representative - Iran (via Gateway Pundit). It's hard to spin news that warped.]

Update 5.30pm. The BBC has at least reported Israel’s response to Ahmadinejad’s latest outburst. However, check out the headline :

Israel rails against Iran threats? From the Concise OED: “rail - complain using abusive language; rant.” Ahmadinejad threatens to wipe out Israel, but it's Israel's response that the BBC chooses to portray as an over-the-top rant. Unbelievable.

Update 6.20pm.That was quick:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice bit of stealth editing from the Beeb. Once again they don't update the edit time.

I have a theory about this tactic. I think they put up stories that peddle their agenda. Leave it there until enough people have seen it and then change the article to show 'they're not biased'. Of course, everybody has by now read the original and doesn't get to see the new version. The BBC gets to 'brainwash' the casual reader, but deflects any investigations into bias.

6:44 pm  
Blogger Clematis Fraud said...

Gosh, I never knew that former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres is in fact 'Israel'. He must be terribly clever.

I expect some balance from the BBC. When Osama bin Laden issues his next threat to unleash hell on the Infidels, the BBC should post a headline along the lines of 'Islam Threatens the West'.


8:27 pm  

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