The BBC, own-goal journalism and the rise in antisemitism

Written by Sharon Klaff at Times of Israel

The Government appointed Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) has been taking evidence, both oral and written to determine the Future of the BBC, ahead of its current Royal Charter ending in December 2016. The BBC charter is renewable every decade, which represents a once in 10 year opportunity to have any input into BBC functionality. A brief glance at some of the evidence the DCMS has published, shows a general dissatisfaction with the in-house BBC complaints procedure. Randomly chosen from the DCMS website, Ian McNulty, writes:

My own conclusions are that the BBC will go to any lengths necessary to avoid admitting anything but the most self-evident mistakes, including breaking its own Editorial Guidelines and flying in the face of reason. Moreover, this culture of misrepresentation, denial and prejudice against non-consensus views is systemic and institutionalized at every level of the organization, from the bottom to the top.”

With the focus on BBC Middle East reporting and its effects on the rise of anti-Semitism in the UK, Campaign4Truth together with BBC Watch/Camera (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) presented three extraordinary UK events that brought record numbers to hear the rationale for the proposals presented to the DCMS this year.

Of particular concern are three areas that encompass historical record, the complaints system and anti-Semitism and extremism. The proposal includes recommendations to ensure:

  • the implementation of a recognised study course in the history, culture and geography of the region for all those working out of the Middle East;
  • the complaints system be transferred to an external body;
  • that the BBC work according to an accepted definition of anti-Semitism.

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6 replies »

  1. In addition, isn’t it possible that either many of the bbc’s Middle East reporters are secret islamophiles and/ or they are being intimidated or threatened by the muslims if they step out of line?

  2. I have been considering the ethos of the BBC for some years. I have rather come to the conclusion that up and coming broadcasters, be they reporters on the Middle East or active in any other area of reporting, are essentially driven by their own ambition. They try to outdo each other in appearing liberal or, if you prefer, ‘politically correct’. They know that the corporation is super sensitive to the need to support what they perceive as the underdog in any given situation. Consequently their concentration, even in terms of domestic reporting, is on ethnic minorities. A foreigner observing any news bulletin would conclude that, for example, at least 50% of the British population must be non-white. All of this sort of thing has become thoroughly institutionalised in the BBC, truth being the constant casualty.

  3. The BBC are an excellent and highly objective news agency. They have no intention of tailoring their content to fit the predetermined worldview of their well-fed, western, white-guilt righteous ignorant audiences, to give them that warm glow they get after a good Israel-is-evil segment they so crave and wait for.

    They will report the unadulterated truth and nothing but the truth even if it means losing their fat state-sponsored salaries and having to work in an actually competitive and professional market.

    The BBC are the truth. All hail the BBC.