What is Really HappeningI keep meaning to post Avi Shlaim's letter in today's Guardian but then I get distracted by emails coming in drawing my attention to some of the excellent coverage of Gaza on the web, also the coverage of the coverage is rather good too.
I watched BBC World News for a timed hour yesterday. In that time I saw:
Pro-Israeli (including US government) speakers - 17
Pro-Palestinian speakers - 2
Mentions of Hamas Rockets as reason for war - 37
Mentions of illegal Israeli settlements - 0
Mentions of Palestinians killed by Israel during "ceasefire" - 2
Mentions of Sderot - 12
Mentions Sderot used to be Palestinian - 0
If you don't believe me, try it yourself.
The BBC took being banned from Gaza by the Israelis as the excuse to focus a wildly disproportionate attention on the Hamas threat to Israel. Their choice of Sderot as their base of operations was in itself a factor of bias - and their failure to say, even once, that Sderot was once Palestinian was inexcusable.
January 26, 2009
BBC bias by numbers
It's that quirky Craig Murray again, this time detailing, literally by numbers or should that be numerically by numbers? the bias of the BBC towards the racist war criminals of the State of Israel: