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BBC: We ‘got it wrong’ on West Bank massacre

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The British Broadcasting Corp. “got it wrong” in its reporting of the massacre of the Fogel family by Palestinians in the West Bank village of Itamar, the broadcaster’s outgoing director-general said at a parliamentary committee hearing.

Mark Thompson of the BBC made the admission June 19 while being quizzed by Conservative Member of Parliament Louise Mensch, according to the London Jewish Chronicle. Mensch complained about the light coverage of the killings on BBC radio and television programs.

Thompson, according to the Chronicle, responded that the story occurred during a “very busy news period,” including the fighting in Libya and the tsunami in Japan, and that “news editors were under a lot of pressure.”

He reportedly added, “Having said that, it was certainly an atrocity which should have been covered across our news bulletins that day … .We made a mistake in this instance.”

In March 2011, Palestinians entered the Fogels’ home and murdered the parents and three of their children. Two Palestinian men were each sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the murders. — jta


Posted by Jack Kessler
06/29/2012  at  10:46 AM
"Mistakes were made"?

The BBC continued its policy of suppressing and distorting the news.  What they “got wrong” was that they got caught - this time.

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Posted by Frank
07/01/2012  at  03:38 PM
The BBC's forced "admission"

The BBC routinely libels Israel.  It is part of its core mission.

The entire “liberal” “mainstream” media has been misreporting, slanting and perverting the news, and attacking Israel for decades.  Examples - (setting aside the extreme fringe smaller Israel-hating “progressive” media) - some blatant anti-Israel propagandists (and I am leaving out so many others): 

Locally:  LA Times (the worst), SF Chron, SJ Mercury. 

Nationally:  NY Times & International Herald Tribune & Time Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, NBC & MSNBC, CBS (and network local affiliates), CNN.

Wire services:  Reuters and Getty Images, Associated Press (AP), Agence France Press. 

European “news” (primarily UK):  The Guardian, BBC, The Independent, Times of London. 

Much of the “mainstream” anti-Israel propaganda has been attributed to “journalists” of “Jewish origin” (self-hating leftist Jews).  The leftist “Jewish” media are anti-Isael propagandists, such as Ha’aretz and the Jewish Daily Forward.  And then are the activists like Media Matters, with links to Al Jazeera, and J Street.

Honest Reporting’s 2011 yearly award for (the worst) Dishonest Reporting (and there were lots of contenders) went to:  The Guardian, with special awards including LA Times, BBC, Reuters, the Independent, etc.   
A good interactive site:

Leading anti-Israel media watch-dog:  CAMERA

BBC’s one forced “admission” is a joke.

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Posted by Frank
07/01/2012  at  03:51 PM
Waiting for L.A. Times "admission"

The L.A. Times “reporting” was even worse.  The slaughter of the Jewish family was just “tit-for-tat” and a “cycle of violence”.

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