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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Blue Badge.png is the state-controlled public mouthpiece of the UK government, best known for its left-wing, anti-Brexit and politically correct bias, publication of woke, degenerate propaganda, and foundation in 1922 by fascist sympathizer John Reith.[1] In the United Kingdom, there is no constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press analogous to the First Amendment in the United States. The BBC is the leading broadcaster in the UK and is the largest broadcaster in the world by audience figures, promoting the interests of globalism and Western military and economic alliances. It broadcasted a radio segment about Conservapedia on March 7, 2007 in England.

BBC was given a royal charter in 1927 as a public body; it took over the operations and infrastructure of the private, commercially run British Broadcasting Company, which began in 1922. The royal charter and license, constitute the BBC as a public corporation with a mandate to provide broadcasting as a public service. BBC is funded by an annual tax (which it calls a license fee) levied on the majority of UK residents owning a television set regardless of income. The BBC's monopoly on radio lasted from 1922 until 1973 with the introduction of commercial radio. It monopolized television from 1936 to 1954, when the Television Act allowed for the establishment of commercial stations financed by spot advertising.

The BBC is criticized for political bias by members of the Conservative Party for displaying particularly liberal ideology, and for being overly politically correct and overly supportive and selective in its coverage of the Labour Party. Likewise those in the Labour Party accuse it of having an inbuilt Conservative bias and being overtly hostile to the working class. Analysts have accused the numerous extremist links to this BBC indicates a possible propaganda media network connection to Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda.[2] In general, the BBC succeeds in broadcasting material that have offended varying elitists, Conservatives, and Liberals alike. Princes William and Harry blame the deceptive and underhanded reporting methods of the BBC for the death of their mother, Princess Diana.[3]

Broadcasting

The BBC operates eight national television channels (nine including the High-Definition service- BBC HD)[4] in the UK and ten national radio stations.[5] Alongside these are its regional television services, which are variations of the national services, and separate regional radio stations.

The BBC produces many well-known television programs, including The Ten O'Clock News, Newsnight, Question Time, Eastenders, Holby City, Casualty, Top Gear, Match of the Day, Have I Got News For You and Doctor Who. Another show it produced, Till Death Us Do Part, was adapted by American TV producer Norman Lear into the CBS sitcom All in the Family.

Its best known TV channels in the UK are BBC One (which began in 1936) and BBC Two (which first went on the air in 1964). The other channels are broadcast as digital-only services and are available to owners of terrestrial digital receiving equipment. BBC One typically shows more mainstream programs while BBC Two has a reputation for more diversity and special interest content.

Outside the UK the best known service is the BBC World Service radio network which transmits in 33 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 192 million, and its websites have an audience of 38 million people per week.[6] The BBC operates a number of commercially funded international television channels including BBC World, the international news channel.

Funding

The BBC is a Crown corporation supported by a licensing fee applied to television owners of £145.50 (about $223 US) per year.[7] All owners of TV receiving equipment are obliged to pay the fee whether they watch BBC content or not. As such the license fee is often correctly criticized as being a tax.

BBC programming is free of commercial advertising. However, it has some obligations to transmit statements by political parties and it advertises its own programs. BBC channels transmitted in the UK are nevertheless free of commercial advertising - with the exception of sporting events, during which it is still permitted to display commercial advertising. Cricket matches were a previous source of contention as adverts projected onto the field of play are only visible to television viewers. This results in much greater non-advertising broadcasting time and uninterrupted broadcast of feature films. However, since the funding is determined by the government, the BBC can be slow to criticize those in power. This arrangement means the government has to do very little to apply pressure on the BBC and often the BBC will self regulate in favor of the government without any formal instruction being given.[8] This in turn leads to the government and the BBC being able to declare independence and neutrality officially, while in reality this is far from the case.

While there is a vocal minority campaign to privatize the BBC and change it back into a commercial company (as it had been prior to 1927), this appears highly unlikely to happen.

Ownership

The BBC is an independent body which is held in trust for the British people. The BBC was most recently given a ten-year royal charter in 2006 that defines its purposes and allows it to act somewhat autonomously, free from commercial and government influence.

Control rests with the 12-person BBC Trust, which replaced the Board of Governors in 2007. Trust members are paid and are appointed by the British prime minister and are supposed to represent the interests of a broad cross-section of the British listening and viewing public. Day-to-day management is handled by the board of management, headed by the director general; its members are appointed by the board of governors.

BBC News

BBC News and Current Affairs is the largest news organization in the world. It has at least 2,000 journalists and 44 news-gathering bureaus, three in the UK and 41 overseas.[9] It produces some 120 hours of news broadcasts daily.

News programs are produced for both TV and radio stations. Much of the TV news programming is delivered in a few major news bulletins throughout the day, the most recognized of which is the flagship Ten O'Clock News in the evening on BBC One. On BBC radio, news is delivered in mostly smaller segments on the hour or half hour. However, the Today program on Radio 4 is broadcast from 7am to 9am and is often considered the most influential news broadcast in the UK.

News produced by the BBC is made available and archived on the BBC news website.

Internet

The BBC has a news and archive website, one of the top twenty most popular English language websites. Like its TV and radio broadcasting it is not allowed to show advertising if the site is viewed from within the UK. This has prompted some criticism from within the BBC as it means funds from the licensing fee used for the website are not available for TV and radio programming. However, some costs of the site are now, since late 2007, offset by advertising to non-UK based visitors to the site.

Competitors have also criticized the BBC website due to its ability to fund itself non-commercially without advertising to the detriment of its commercial competitors such as on-line versions of national newspapers and other news broadcasters such as Sky and ITN.

Accusations of bias

The BBC has a long history of being criticized for bias. As well as persistent criticisms of liberal bias, it also receives accusations of cultural bias, regional bias, political correctness, bias towards multiculturalism, Islamophilia and minority interests, as well as both pro- and anti-government bias.

The BBC is often accused of right-wing bias by those on the left and of left-wing bias by those on the right. This is sometimes attributed to UK governments of either persuasion simply objecting to negative reporting of its policies. However, it is also common for opposition to the government to be critical of the BBC. In some cases, the BBC can be subject to criticism from both sides citing bias in favor of their opposition, as in its reporting of the war in Iraq.

While the BBC had been accused of bias many times in its history, a liberal bias became prevalent during the reign of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, likely as a direct result of her government's efforts to streamline the corporation and make it more efficient. Before her reign, the BBC's overall ideology had fluctuated quite often between being pro-Conservative and pro-Liberal, mostly depending on which party was in power.

BBC, atheism and anti-Christian bias

See also: Atheism and the media and British atheism

The Daily Mail reported about Britain's influential broadcaster the BBC:

The BBC employs more atheists and non-believers than Christians, an internal ‘diversity’ survey has found.

The new research has been seized on by critics who accuse the Corporation of bias against Christianity and marginalizing the faith in its output.

The survey found that just 22.5 per cent of all staff professed to be Christians.[10]

Bias against the U.S. and Israel

Although its charter requires it to be impartial, critics often accuse it of bias against United States and Israel. Because of these complaints of bias, an internal investigation was conducted on the BBC's coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict. However, after the investigation was completed, BBC officials decided to withhold the 20,000-word report of the investigation, compiled in 2004 by senior editorial adviser Malcolm Balen. Steven Sugar, a Jewish critic of the BBC, attempted to get access to the report under the 2000 Freedom of Information Act, but was denied by the High Court of England and Wales. The information commissioner, Richard Thomas, backed the BBC's decision to block access to the report, but the information tribunal ruled on appeal in August, 2006, in favor of Steven Sugar. Still, the BBC argued at the High Court in London that the tribunal did not have jurisdiction over the case, and the High Court ruled in favor of the BBC on April 28, 2007. The BBC maintains that the internal investigation found no deliberate or systematic bias. Conservative MP David Davies commented: "An organisation which is funded partly to scrutinise governments and other institutions in Britain appears to be using taxpayers' money to prevent its customers from finding out how it is operating. That is absolutely indefensible" and called the BBC's actions a "shameful hypocrisy". It has been estimated that the BBC has spent around £200,000 - £300,000 on the case so far.[11]

In 2003, Media Tenor, an independent, Bonn-based research group, conducted a study and found that the BBC's Middle East coverage was 85 percent negative, 15 percent neutral, and 0 percent positive toward Israel.[12]

During a 2006 internal "impartiality summit", BBC executives said they would happily broadcast an image of a Bible being thrown away, but would not do the same with a Koran.[13] At the summit, the BBC's Washington correspondent Justin Webb also accused the executives of being anti-American, saying they treated the nation with scorn, derision and no moral weight.

However, some on the other side of the debate have criticized the BBC for a pro-Israeli bias. For example, the BBC has been criticized for refusing to show a Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza following the fighting in the region in December 2008 - January 2009.[14] Russia Today, a news organization tied in with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin, has also raised allegations of pro-Israel bias, in particular with regards to the interview of Israeli defense chief. An investigation went under way following allegations from pro-Palestinian activists.[15]

It got so bad in 2021, with anti-Jewish attacks, ‘BBC’ ranked third, after Iran and Hamas, on Wiesenthal Center ‘top 10’ anti-Semitism list. Given the weight it has, that people trust it.[16]

BBC inaccuracy on Israel expands even beyond just the Arab conflict. Enter, 2022 Ukraine war.[17] Israel has been fast to supply aid to Ukraine. By Apr 13, 2022, it has sent 220 tons of humanitarian aid to Ukraine – the largest amount sent by any country except the U.S. Israel has also built a large field hospital inside Ukraine, run by Israeli medical personnel. Israel has welcomed tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees into Israel, including 25,000 non-Jews.

Yet, despite all this, some in the media continue to paint Israel as an ally of Vladimir Putin, “taking Russia’s side” and refusing to condemn its atrocities. A report on this attempt to sully Israel’s image at BBC:[18]

Even as Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid this week charged Russian forces with war crimes following the apparent massacre in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, media outlets continue to manipulate their audiences into thinking that the Jewish state has turned a blind eye to Moscow’s reported atrocities.

For instance, during the BBC’s April 6 evening news broadcast, Clive Myrie, reporting from Kyiv, depicted Israel as a Russian “ally” in the war against Ukraine, akin to India.

The BBC like others, know better, know all about the delicate path Israel is forced to walk, so not to hinder, from Putin, its operations against genocidal Iran and via its Hezbollah thugs in Syria.

From a 2019 piece titled "How the BBC proliferates antisemitism in the UK"[19]
In 2017, the BBC’s Yolande Knell promoted a story about a baby born in the Gaza Strip who died of congenital heart disease, and claimed that Israel had not given him a permit to exit the territory.

Yet, Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said no such request had even been received from the Palestinian Authority. A similarly unverified and anonymous story was recently aired on one of the BBC’s domestic TV channels.

Last May, the BBC produced several reports claiming that a baby named Leila al Ghandour had died in the Gaza Strip after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces. Although Hamas subsequently removed her name from its casualty list – and despite BBC Watch corresponding with the BBC since June 2018 on the issue – the claim that Israel was responsible for her death still appears on the BBC News website.


BBC edited clip Palestinian screaming willing to sacrifice women, children part (May.21.21)

In May 2021, in the original broadcast, the Arab interviewed by Jeremy Bowen screams in front of cheering crowd: "We sacrifice everything for Jerusalem. I'm sacrificing my wife my child for Jerusalem." And this is how he reported it on BBC live TV at the time. Yet, when it came to saving it on YouTube, they edited it, omitted those words and just quoted the part when he says 'we sacrifice everything...'[20]


In Jan 2023, BBC tied itself in knots to avoid mentioning Israel in a piece about a woman in… Israel in Yolanda Knell's "report."[21]

Jenin - Terror hub
Jenin - Terror hub
Terror mosque leading to Kindergarten (Jenin, July 2023)

At the 2023 security operation at weapon industry and terrorists in Jenin, Operation Home and Garden, among the worst distorters was BBC.[22] "Riddled wtih lies, mistakes and distortions. " Worse, its anchor Anjana Gadgil recycled an Haaretz blood libel, [23] [while quoting the UN terming the terrorists as "children - ironically, in fact, UNRWA itself shares a lot of guilt in the crimes.[24][25][26][27]]. Anjana Gadgil nuked her Twitter account after that.[28] An "applogy" followed.[29][30]

Despite operating in a very densely populated area, only 18[30] were killed on the Arab side - wanted and terror related. All of them terrorists. At least two of them were younger than 18; Majdi Arawi and Ali al-Ghoul were both claimed by the Islamic Jihad terrorist group. "The IDF emphasizes that no innocent civilian was killed during the operation and that the IDF acts humanitarianly where possible, including re-paving roads destroyed by explosives."[31] Col. Richard Kemp:[32] "The fact that the IDF killed no civilians in Jenin is a marvel. In most operations in urban areas, even those conducted by Western armies, more civilians than fighters are killed."

At the barbarian Iran/Hamas/PIJ onslaught Oct 2023 which led to Swords of Iron, ‘Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza Strip… after Palestinian gunmen infiltrate its territory’, said BBC Breaking News. What nice, neutral language to describe an extremist onslaught against a sovereign nation.[33]


"Israeli comedians ruthlessly mock BBC reporting of Al-Ahli hospital bombing in Gaza: Satirical show pokes fun at the Beeb with report by fake journalist 'Harry Whiteguilt' - after broadcaster was slammed for its coverage of blast." (Oct.27.23)

"Israeli comedians ruthlessly mock BBC reporting of Al-Ahli hospital bombing in Gaza: Satirical show pokes fun at the Beeb with report by fake journalist 'Harry Whiteguilt' - after broadcaster was slammed for its coverage of blast."[34]


On Oct 21, 2023, cowards "BBC interviews (President) Herzog, omits his criticism of the network."[35]

The “censored” parts included a reference to this criticism, with the interviewer saying, “I don’t want to discuss the objectivity of the BBC,” as well as an emotional response by Herzog to the calls for restraint in the wake of the Hamas terrorist massacre that saw some 1400 Israeli residents murdered on Oct. 7 and several hundred kidnapped. “This is eight times bigger than 9/11—what else do you want us to do?”[36]


It seems so benign. A human interest story about Gazan footballers who have been trapped by the conflict and could not play in the Palestine v Australia ...


Exposed in Nov 2023:

'Verifying BBC (Hamas) propaganda – presenting exhibit A. Bombshell exclusive: The BBC doesn’t just push Hamas propaganda. The BBC even gets a Hamas terrorist supporter to help write the story for them.'[37]


  • Investigative journalist analyzes Mar/2024: 'BBC News – obsessive, biased- and unaccountable.'

On the Feb.29.24 Gaza stampede tragedy, the so-called "BBC Verify" (Mar 1) relies on one person- one key eyewitness – a Palestinian journalist Mahmoud Awadeya who actually works for Quds Today as well as Tasnim - Iranian news agency set up and controlled by the IRGC. Then quotes a hospital employee. But "Verify" don’t actually verify anything. They just take these people at their word and publish these statements without question. Awadeya 'liked' post Hamas honouring the IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani, and on 27 January 2023, as seven Israelis lay dead following a terror attack outside of a synagogue – Awadeyah posted pro terror, in sumner 2023 celebrated the murder of 82-year-old Inga Avramyan by an Islamic Jihad rocket. Plus a series of more pro terror posting. Research has shown that 50% of the journos in Gaza appear to work directly for Hamas or Islamic Jihad.  On another program BBC broadcast on 27 February, how Gazans ‘share their daily lives’ had interviewed a Haya Hijazi as if she is a "random average" Palestinian in a tent, but she is actually a social media propagandist with a 576k following. And just before she told BBC she needed to ‘search for water’, she was busy filming herself handing out cash. Then came this one – a ‘journalist’ called Aseel Mousa, who actually propagates Intifada, openly saluted Oct 7 on her X account, and rejoiced on January 27 2023 at 19:07 – as seven Israelis were slaughtered in a terrorist attack. And the narrator Merlyn Thomas of "Verify" utters statement like "doctors say" without checking.[38]


In November 2023, BBC apologizes for false claim IDF targeting medical staff (at Al Shifa Hospital), Arabic speakers in Gaza.[39] That, after damage was already done.


Following Operation Arnon - rescuing 4 hostages held by Gaza Hamas terror regime, June 2024: BBC news "wise" presenter / anchor Helena Humphrey asks: Did IDF 'warn the Palestinians' before [secret] hostage rescue? IDF spokesman says warning those holding the hostages 'would defeat the purpose' since the terrorists would 'kill the hostages'; CNN takes heat for saying that the hostages were 'released', implying that Hamas freed them. "Of course, we cannot anticipate Israel to be warning ahead of a raid to extract or to save hostages because then what the terrorists would do is to kill the hostages, and that would defeat the purpose." And the hostages "were held and jailed by Palestinian civilians in a Palestinian civilian area. As regrettable as any loss of life is, I think that we would have to investigate really who were the people who jailed these Israeli civilians for eight months."[40][41]


June 2024: Investigative journalist: 'Red-handed: Catching the BBC pushing fake news. This time I caught the BBC red-handed.' 'I actually have a growing pile of BBC ‘gotcha’ articles waiting to be written. The situation is so bad these days I cannot keep up. Part of the problem has also been trying to avoid repetition. Everyone is become desensitised to news about the BBC’s conveyor belt of dodgy articles. Then along comes something that jumps to the head of the queue. Back in November I exposed that the BBC had fabricated a story about footballers being trapped in Gaza. I not only managed to prove the entire story was absolute hogwash, I highlighted how the BBC had relied on a Hamas supporting local journalist for the fake scoop. I said at the time that if ever BBC executives are forced to stand before a panel at an inquiry – that article should be held up as exhibit A. This latest example can be exhibit B. Inexcusable and blatant fake news being promoted by the BBC because its obsessive hack journalists are falling over themselves to demonise Israel. And even when the BBC realised the error – it still could not pull the plug entirely. And this time I caught them red-handed. What makes this one even better? The BBC thought they had got away with it. The BBC publish fake news. About 6am on Friday 21 June, the BBC published a story about how Gaza’s water system is broken – and how it is crippling children and making them sick... It was another in a long line of similar headlines. On the 19th it was about how Gazan children are living ‘alongside rotting rubbish and rodents’. A day before this – on the 18th, Adnan Al Bursh (a BBC Gazan correspondent currently enjoying life in Doha) wrote a story about ‘a desperate mother’s plea to feed her baby’ – and so on. The same story packaged 1000 different ways. The BBC want people to buy into the lie that a famine is taking place – so it pushes out these empty, skewed and fact-free propaganda articles like a drumbeat. This latest article automatically set off alarm bells. Firstly, it was written by Jon Donnison. He is a veteran BBC journo with a long history of falling over himself to publish lies about Israel. Donnison was the journo who reported on the Al Alhi hospital explosion that was caused by an Islamic Jihad rocket – and he was the one who told BBC viewers that he couldn’t see it being anything else other than an Israeli airstrike. A big mistake that the BBC had to apologise for. But this journo has real form. In 2012 he even posted an image of a girl injured in the Syrian Civil War and claimed it was from Gaza. A perfect example of a BBC anti-Israel obsessive. Red-handed with red flags – the healthy parents. But the biggest red flag was the subject matter. The article contained images of healthy looking parents sitting next to extremely sick children in hospital beds. This is straight out of the Hamas propaganda playbook. These children – tragic as their situation may be – have deep underlying illnesses – which are hidden from the reader. But any fool can see the truth – parents who clearly eat well do not let their children suffer from famine – ergo, something else is at play. Yet the BBC went for it and pushed blatant Hamas propaganda. An image of a broken child – Yunis Jumaa – next to a healthy looking mum – Ghanima Jumaa. And the BBC quoted directly from the mum informing readers that the child was in ‘excellent health before’...' [42]


The BBC busted with terrorist supporters again - Abed Abubaker

June 2024: 'The BBC busted with terrorist supporters again.' 'Abed Abubaker is a terrorist supporter. He publicly celebrates the murder of Jews and justifies the slaughter of civilians. His immediate family supports terrorism. His cousin is an Islamic Jihad terrorist. Abed’s best friend’s father was a Hamas enforcer. How did the BBC fawn over him and give him so much unchallenged airtime on at least four separate occassions?'[43]

Bias against India

In February 2023 income-tax authorities of the government of India raided BBC offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, alleging that the foreign broadcaster was not in compliance with Indian law, and had indulged in tax evasion and diversion of profits.[44]

The globalist conglomerate ran a series of docu-hit pieces on prime minister Narendra Modi to stir up internal ethno-religious discontent in India between Muslims and Hindus. Modi had refused Western efforts to blackmail the Indian government with threats of economic sanctions for not supporting NATO's war in Ukraine and publicly condemning Russian president Vladimir Putin. Contrarily, rather than participate sanctions against Russia, India increased its trade with Russia, buying Russian energy products that the European Union refused to buy.

Modi rose to national prominence in India in the wake of sectarian riots in 2004, and the BBC was attempting to incite intern-ethnic tensions and violence with a docu-series alleging Modi, as regional governor, had acted to heavy-handily against Muslim rioters. As a mouthpiece of Western and globalist interests, the BBC hoped to bring about a color revolution and topple the Modi government, in favor of a more compliant vassal state amenable to Western oligarchs.[45]

Regional bias

The BBC is based in London, in the South East of England. It often faces accusations of being London-centric, with events in the North of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland having a reduced profile. A perceived disproportionately private school education is often claimed to be illustrated in the output, with a disproportionate emphasis on private school events and sports. Recently, this London emphasis is shifting, with many high-profile BBC programs including Doctor Who being produced in Wales,[46] and production of some programs and channels being moved to Salford in 2012.[47]

It is also argued that the BBC also systematically discriminates against Scots speakers. Although over 1.5 million[48] people speak it there is no service in the language of those licence fee payers.[49][50] Supporters of the BBC and some linguists argue that the large number of regional dialects of Scots makes it no more viable to program for the language than it would be with English.[51] In September 2008, the BBC launched BBC Alba, a Gaelic service consisting of a digital TV channel, a radio station and an online portal.[52]

Liberal bias

Details of the BBC's liberal bias were further tabled in an official report[53][54][55] – in preparation since 2005 – which found that the BBC:

  • Has an "institutional Left-wing bias"
  • Has "a tendency to 'group think' with too many staff inhabiting a shared space and comfort zone."
  • Promotes anti-Christian sentiment
  • Allows schedules to be "hijacked by special interest groups promoting trendy issues"
  • Over-represents homosexuals
  • Over-represents ethnic minorities
  • Fails to reflect the views of the British public on issues such as capital punishment
  • Fails to reflect the broader views of British people
  • Fails to reflect concerns about pornography and family-unfriendly broadcasting (1960s Director General Hugh Carleton-Greene notoriously refused ever to meet broadcasting standards campaigner Mary Whitehouse and would commonly refer to her in opprobrious terms)
  • Allows itself to be used by "sinister" campaign groups
  • Finds it difficult to understand there may be alternative views of the world

Antony Jay, a former producer on Tonight, a nightly BBC current affairs television program, said the BBC News and Current Affairs are part of the "liberal media consensus". Jay also said his ex-colleagues "were anti-industry, anti-capitalism, anti-advertising, anti-selling, anti-profit, anti-patriotism, anti-monarchy, anti-Empire, anti-police, anti-armed forces, anti-bomb, anti-authority. Almost anything that made the world a freer, safer and more prosperous place, you name it, we were anti it."[56][57] Paul Dacre, the editor of the British newspaper, the Daily Mail, in his January 2007 Hugh Cudlipp Memorial Lecture, said that "the BBC is, in every corpuscle of its corporate body, against the values of conservatism, with a small 'c', which just happen to be the values held by millions of Britons." He also accused the BBC of being hostile to the "traditional Right, Britain's past and British values, America, Ulster Unionism, Euro-scepticism, capitalism and big business, the countryside, Christianity and family values."

A survey of BBC employees with profiles on the Facebook social media site showed that 11 times more of them class themselves as "liberal" than "conservative".[58][59] Its program Question Time has been accused of a liberal bias by hand picking its audience. However, David Dimbleby (the host of Question Time) was a member of the Bullingdon Club,[60] alongside many senior members of the Conservative Party, e.g. Boris Johnson,[61] George Osborne[62] (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and David Cameron himself.[63]

In 2017, BBC interviewed a left-wing Berkeley professor who made false claims regarding Breitbart News. Although the professor's claims were extreme, the BBC interviewer did not question any of his statements.[64]

Bigotry

The terrible coverage of the BBC on the racist Islamic Malik Faisal Akram hostage taking of Jan 2022, proved again its 'serious issue with Jews.'[65]

That's besides BBC admitting they shouldn't have put 'hostages' in quotes in coverage of Texas hostage siege.[66]

The BBC was placed 3rd on Wiesenthal Center's antisemitism 2021 top ten list, (following only by Islamic fasistic Iran which also added a time frame for eliminating Israel and its nuclear program is the highest menace and genocidal Hamas not backing an iota of its genocidal charter and during Guardian of Walls---its barrage attack on civilians while using its own civilians to—make sure people die and its supporters spread hatred globally).

Explained:[67]
The center criticized the BBC for falsely reporting that Jews attacked in London had made anti-Muslim slurs, and for hiring reporters who tweeted antisemitic posts. BBC reporter Tala Halawa was mentioned specifically for tweeting “Hitler was right.”

Note, BBC's fake reporting, is about the racist Islamic attack on religious students on Chanukah, accompanied by the Nazi salute while shouting free Palestine.[68]


Feb 2024: Senior BBC worker, Dawn Queva, who called Jews an 'invader species' and denied the Holocaust (laced with Nazi Antisemitic canards some old lies - something about "Rothschild"), mixing in Khazar debunked myth - typically of absolving Nazis' crimes - branding Jewish people as supposed “Nazis” and white people as “parasites” in a string of social media posts, is finally sacked - as workers say it is a 'grim' and 'frightening' time to be Jewish at the corporation.[69]

In February 2024, British MPs accuse BBC of stoking ‘global antisemitism’. Parliamentarians also accuse the corporation of ‘institutional’ Jew-hate.[70]

Racism

In its propaganda effort to promote war between the NATO and the Russian Federation during the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict, the BBC broadcast Ukraine’s deputy chief prosecutor David Sakvarelidze explaining why he was being very emotional as he was seeing “European people with blue eyes and blonde hair being killed everyday with Putin's missiles."[71]

Climate change fluff

The BBC is heavily biased in favor of the Anthropogenic global warming theory. It has told staff that "you do not need a 'denier' to balance the debate."[72]

Other

The BBC cancelled the commission for a 90-minute drama about Britain's youngest surviving Victoria Cross hero because it feared it would alienate members of the audience opposed to the war in Iraq.[73][74]

The BBC funded a paintballing trip for men later accused of Islamic terrorism and didn't pass on information about the 21/7 bombers to police.[75][76]

Pauline Neville Jones, who is a member of Britain's Conservative party, a former spy chief and former BBC governor, accused the BBC of "parroting" Al Qaeda propaganda to children.[77][78]

While it is true that the BBC does display bias, private news institutions are also guilty of bias. For instance, Fox frequently supports the homosexual agenda and a recent Pew survey found that 71% of MSNBC's coverage of Romney was negative compared to 3% positive stories and the rest neutral.[79]

History

From its inception in 1922, J. C. W. Reith, the first director-general of the BBC, envisioned the organization as an integral advocate of patriotism and the empire at home.

Second World War

From June 1940 to March 1941, the writer J. B. Priestley (1894-1984), broadcast a widely popular series of Sunday-night radio talks, 'Postscripts to the News.' He became the best known, most gifted, and probably most popular BBC commentator, for he had caught the mood of the British people during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. His forced departure was controversial and harmful to the BBC. Priestley blamed Prime Minister Churchill's negative reaction to his left-wing views on postwar reconstruction. Actually, his firing was mainly due to Ministry of Information and BBC reluctance to allow an extended forum to a 'demagogic' personality who might attract a personal following, as Father Coughlin had done in the United States in the 1930s. The upshot was employment of a wider range of speakers and careful avoidance of controversy.

The BBC played a major role in promoting the British Empire worldwide during The Second World War, 1939-45. The BBC became the voice of Britain, reflecting as well as constructing the nation's history, culture, and tradition. At first, the BBC worked aggressively to deflect criticism and insure that the Empire appeared as a source of strength. It presented British imperialism as a benefit to both Britain and the colonized areas. However, as the war progressed and postwar objectives became a concern, the focus of the BBC expanded to include the importance of maintaining Britain as an imperial power.[80]

Special programs were directed to peoples controlled by the Nazis; listening to the short-wave broadcasts was illegal but widespread. The German-language Austrian Service was directed by Patrick Smith, who emphasized the 'separateness' of Austria from Germany and on 'freedom and independence' as the Austrian goal. As victory approached the BBC stressed the need for Austrians themselves to take part in their own liberation. There were interviews with Austrian prisoners of war held in Britain.

Until 1944, broadcasts by the BBC's Hungarian service avoided describing the plight of the Jews in Hungary for fear that it would create an anti-Semitic backlash against one of the few Jewish populations in Europe which, though persecuted, was still allowed to live. Shortly after the Nazi occupation of Hungary in March 1944 the rounding up and deporting of Jews to death camps began. For the next four months, until Hungarian regent Miklós Horthy suspended the deportations, the Hungarian service repeatedly broadcast news of the deportation of Jews and urged Hungarians to obstruct, delay, and hinder the deportations in the name of humanity and Hungarian patriotism. Altering BBC Hungarian service policies regarding the Final Solution would perhaps have done little to slow the Holocaust in Hungary.[81] The BBC Home Service rarely mentioned the massacre of Jews for many reasons, including the restraints formally imposed by a government at war, the notions that such reports simply would not be believed (or, being incomprehensible, written off as propaganda) or might spur a latent anti-Semitism, and the fact that people were not interested in gloomy stories but wanted to hear about the war effort.[82]

Cultural Impact

Monopoly years

As the only TV broadcaster until the mid 1950s and only radio broadcaster until the mid 1970s, the BBC had a monopoly hold on British electronic media. As such its content was highly influential.

'Children's Hour', begun in the late 1920s, was intended as a medium for democracy and the production of exemplary citizens through the dissemination of idealized middle-class values. In time, this approach proved to be out of touch with the listening habits and working class context of many 'Children's Hour' listeners.

Music broadcasts for schools were begun in 1924, and did much to disseminate new ideas, especially through 'music and movement' programs and the enormously popular 'Singing Together' during the Second World War. However, the more formal programs, designed to teach the rudiments of music and notation, were less successful, and Sir Walford Davies's idea of tune building by children was abandoned in 1934. Radio's ability to teach music formally appeared severely limited, and serious doubts as to its precise function in relationship to music teachers were constantly voiced and never answered.[83]

Scottish broadcasters forged a unique and specifically Scottish tradition of radio programming in the 1920s, led by the Aberdeen studies of the BBC. However its role was weakened by a policy of centralization in London after 1932. Radio drama based on collaboration with local theatre companies was especially strong, included much original work, and made a major contribution to the development of professional theatre in Scotland. The centralization of radio broadcasting in London reflected the shift in the organization of the British state toward greater involvement in the everyday lives of its citizens during the interwar years.[84]

Competitive years

Since the late 1970s the BBC, while exposed to high volumes and variable quality of competition, has remained popular with the British public and its cultural influence is still a major force. The BBC is considered the default choice by many when viewing major events such as breaking news or state occasions, even though competitors may be broadcasting the same content.

The BBC has had enormous influence over British attitudes to not just politics but also comedy, multiculturalism, travel, natural history, international culture, popular trends, fashion and even the way the British speak. Through its foreign broadcasts on the BBC World Service, it has also had significant cultural influence outside the UK.

See also

External links

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References

  1. BBC refuses to remove bust of former chief who backed Hitler while scrapping Fawlty Towers
  2. BBC part of 'possible propaganda media network', Telegraph UK, April 25, 2011
  3. https://pagesix.com/2021/05/20/william-and-harry-blast-bbc-and-martin-bashir-for-diana-interview/
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  6. Error on call to template:cite news: Parameters archiveurl and archivedate must be both specified or both omitted"192 Million BBC World Service Listeners", BBC World Service, 25 October 2015. 
  7. "The Licence Fee" BBC. (until 31st March 2017).
  8. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200506/ldselect/ldbbc/50/5006.htm
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  10. Christians a minority at 'biased' BBC where staff are more likely to be atheists or non-believers
  11. Clare Dyer. "Legal fight over BBC Israel report" The Guardian. (28 March 2007); Clare Dyer. BBC wins right to keep report on Middle East coverage secret The Guardian (28 April 2007)
  12. “Beeb Outdoes Itself”, Tzvi Fleischer, The Review, September 2003, p. 8.
  13. [4]
  14. "BBC Trust chairman attacks politicians over Gaza appeal pressure" The Telegraph. (February 24, 2009)
  15. ​"Pro-Israel bias: BBC admits editorial breach in interview with Israeli defense chief" RT Network. Published time: May 21, 2015; Edited time: June 3, 2015 16:59.
  16. ‘BBC’ ranks third, after Iran and Hamas, on Wiesenthal Center ‘top 10’ anti-Semitism list, JNS, Dec 27, 2021.

    People might assume we would put neo-Nazi groups on our list, but the BBC is there because when a globally recognized organization allows anti-Semitism to creep into its reporting, it makes it all the more insidious and dangerous,” Wiesenthal Center founder and president R' Marvin Hier told the U.K. newspaper’s The Mail on Sunday.

    “People around the world trust the BBC and rely on it for truthful reporting of world events,” he added.
  17. Anti-Israel BBC knows Israel is in forefront helping Ukrainians, it also knows the danger by Islamic Republic and its Hezbollah butchers in Syria, DP, Apr 14, 2022.
  18. Akiva Van Koningsveld, Note to the Media: Israel Is Not a Russian ‘Ally’ in the War Against Ukraine", Algemeiner, April 8, 2022.
  19. Hadar Sela, How the BBC proliferates antisemitism in the UK, JPost, February 10, 2019.

    In a recent conversation about antisemitism in Britain, an Israeli journalist commented, “Of course you won’t see antisemitism in the British media.” That assumption – however logical it may seem – is, sadly, not correct. While the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism has been adopted by the British government and many other countries, the world’s biggest and most influential media organization, the BBC, still does not work according to that – or any other – accepted definition.

    Viewers of BBC coverage of events following the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo and Hypercacher supermarker terrorist attacks in Paris in saw an interview with a French-Israeli woman who expressed concern about Jews being targeted in France. The BBC journalist promptly retorted, “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

    Accepted definitions of antisemitism include “holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.” However, the BBC rejected the many complaints subsequently submitted, taking it upon itself to define what is and what is not antisemitism. The BBC repeatedly fails to properly identify antisemitism in British politics, and has facilitated the amplification of antisemitic tropes such as “the Jewish lobby.” When the BBC has decided to explain antisemitism to its audiences it has more often than not promoted the Livingstone Formulation (the accusation that a person raising the issue of antisemitism is doing so in bad faith and dishonestly), stating, “Others say the Israeli government and its supporters are deliberately confusing anti-Zionism with antisemitism to avoid criticism.”

    The Community Security Trust’s report on antisemitic incidents in the UK during the first half of 2018 includes a photograph showing antisemitic graffiti reading “Jews kill children,” found in the town of Leicester in May 2018. Why would such graffiti, with all of its medieval overtones, appear in 21st-century Britain? In late 2012, the BBC vigorously promoted a story claiming that the infant son of one of its own employees in the Gaza Strip had been killed in an Israeli airstrike. Four months later, a report issued by the UN stated its investigation found that the child’s death had, in fact, been caused by “a Palestinian rocket that fell short.” However, the damage caused by the BBC’s widespread promotion of an unverified story had already been done, and the following year, anti-Israel demonstrators were seen in London carrying placards bearing an image from that story with the slogan “65 years of murder.” In 2017, the BBC’s Yolande Knell promoted a story about a baby born in the Gaza Strip who died of congenital heart disease, and claimed that Israel had not given him a permit to exit the territory. Yet, Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said no such request had even been received from the Palestinian Authority. A similarly unverified and anonymous story was recently aired on one of the BBC’s domestic TV channels.

    Last May, the BBC produced several reports claiming that a baby named Leila al Ghandour had died in the Gaza Strip after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces. Although Hamas subsequently removed her name from its casualty list – and despite BBC Watch corresponding with the BBC since June 2018 on the issue – the claim that Israel was responsible for her death still appears on the BBC News website.

    When Britain’s most influential and trusted broadcaster promotes unverified stories about the deaths of children in the Gaza Strip again and again, is it really any wonder such antisemitic graffiti appears on a Leicester street?
  20. BBC edited clip, removed Arab in cheering crowd: "im sacrificing my wife my child for Jerusalem" '"DP, May 21, 2021.

    May 21, 2021. 'Clashes in Jerusalem hours after Israel-Palestinian cesaefire - BBC News [Jeremy Bowen reporting]. https://youtu.be/hnC8kaHJ0Jc&t=52s

    In the original broadcast, the Arab interviewed by Jeremy Bowen screams in front of cheering crowd: "We sacrifice everything for Jerusalem. I'm sacrificing my wife my child for Jerusalem." And this is how he reported it on BBC live TV at the time. Yet, when it came to saving it on YouTube, they edited it, omitted those words and just quoted the part when he says 'we sacrifice everything...'

    Conclusion: 1. The Arab Muslim masses on the street, agitated by leaders , show their culture and child sacrifice.

    2. The audacity of media to conceal it.
  21. BBC Ties Itself in Knots to Avoid Mentioning Israel in a Piece About a Woman in… Israel, HR, Jan 23, 2023.
    ...In fact, Israel is only mentioned once in the entire story — in the fifth paragraph where it is referenced alongside Jordan and the Palestinian Territories: 

    Christians make up a minority in the Palestinian Territories, Israel and Jordan. Most Christians here belong to the Greek Orthodox and Latin Catholic Churches, which do not allow women priests.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, Knell does not bother to state that while Christians are a minority in Israel, their numbers are actually growing — in stark contrast to the Palestinian Territories and Jordan where the Christian population continues to decline and where followers of the faith face abuse and ostracism. Meanwhile, a little research into the story’s subject, the newly-ordained Sally Azar, reveals she holds some very problematic views, which we can only assume Knell was unaware of when she wrote this glowing profile.

    As revealed by Israellycool, Azar has previously condoned the euphemistically termed Palestinian “resistance,” which is often code for violence, and has blamed Israel for her inability to travel to Gaza while ignoring the brutal treatment Christians in the Strip face at the hands of Hamas.
  22. "BBC Jenin Coverage Riddled With Lies, Mistakes and Distortions." Rachel O'Donoghue, HonestReporting, July 4, 2023
  23. "Haaretz presents: a classic anti-Semitic method." Hanan Amior, Presspectiva, 15.05.23.

    The newspaper does not let reality spoil the anti-Semitic thesis it spreads, even when it is 180 degrees opposite to its plots against Israel.

    Last Wednesday, the day after the opening blow of Operation Shield and Arrow, an article by Yossi Klein was published in Haaretz, accusing Israeli ... killing of Palestinian children is what... makes[sic] happy[sic]." Under the title "Killing children is the best, brother"...

    It shall be clarified: this is a very dangerous terrorist who was actively involved in directing attacks from Judea and Samaria to Israeli territory, through dozens of terrorist squads, including launching rockets from Jenin to Afula. The decision to thwart him stemmed from the vital need to immediately stop his criminal murderous plans.

    More than that: the IDF proved its ambition to avoid killing children by canceling at the last minute dozens of previous attacks by terrorist operatives, due to the presence of too many uninvolved people near it.

    On July 4, 2023, BBC anchor Anjana Gadgil picks up Haaretz's (Haaretzism) vile lie:

    Rachel O'Donoghue, "BBC Anchor Utters Blood Libel During Live Interview With Ex-Israel PM Naftali Bennett." HonestReporting July 5, 2023.

    Bennett swiftly countered the despicable comment and pointedly asked Gadgil to explain how she would personally define a young terrorist:

    You know it’s quite remarkable that you’d say that. They’re killing us. Now if there’s a 17-year-old Palestinian that’s shooting at your family, Anjana, what are you calling him?”

    HonestReporting has since submitted an official complaint to the BBC in which we asked the corporation to investigate and take appropriate action.
    BBC interviewer stuns Bennett: Israeli forces are happy(sic) to kill children." Israel National News, 04.07.23.

    Former PM responds to BBC interviewer who asserted that the IDF is happy[sic] to kill children: We’re doing the right thing, they’re killing civilians.

    Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday gave an interview to the BBC, during which the interviewer stunned him by claiming that “the Israeli forces are happy to kill children”.

    “You know, it’s quite remarkable that you’d say that, because they are killing us,” Bennett replied. “Now, if there’s a 17-year-old Palestinian that’s shooting on your family, what is he?”

    The interviewer replied, “Under your definition, you are calling them terrorists. The UN calls them…” Bennett then interrupted her and said, “No, no, I’m actually asking you: What would you call a 17-year-old person with a rifle shooting at your family and murdering your own family? How would you define that person?”

    “We’re not talking about that,” the interviewer insisted. “The UN has defined them as children, and we know that four people between the age of 16 and 18 have been killed in this targeted attack. Let’s not forget it’s a targeted attack. The Israeli forces are going and looking for these people.”

    Bennett then said, “I’m missing something. You know, a 17-year-old terrorist can murder civilians. There’s a fundamental difference between what they’re doing, which is explicitly and deliberately targeting civilians, and what we’re doing, which is targeting terrorists. That’s exactly the opposite. We’re doing the right thing, they’re killing civilians and the fact that you’re creating this as morally equivalent or even worse, I think it’s unacceptable.
    [5].
    BBC malice

    Anja Gadgil, in her promoting antisemitic bloodlibel (as if IDF just "wants to" or "happy to", etc.), quoted (on July 4, 2023) the UN in terming the butchers as "children," ... The very infamous UNRWA who shares responsibility in Arab Jihadi crimes on their own people and on Israelis.

    A day after that vile anti-Semitic slur/idea, Jeremy Bowen "avenging" BBC was in overdrive presenting the gunmen as heroes. From his reporting which was a mishmash of chronology and Shahid propaganda, you might get confused from the rambling that the 18 years old Arabs are "refugees" since 1948 - straight... The title on the (July 5, 2023) BBC screen of Bowen's clip showed: "funeral for...victims" - no less. Fact: not one of the 13 eliminated was innocent or not connected to terror against Israelis.

    As "good mouthpiece for terror" he announced out loud, this is a powerful powerful message.. (so he claimed) "we are not beaten". He propagated. That despite the fact that the coward gunmen came out of hiding holes...
  24. "Over 100 UNRWA teachers incite violence, antisemitism online - report." Jerusalem Post, Aug 3, 2021.
  25. [6] "UNRWA - the worst thing that ever happened to Palestinians - UNRWA - possibly the most human rights abusing institution funded by the international community." Jerusalem Post, Nov 14, 2021.
    By refusing to resettle the original refugees, UNRWA intentionally turned a limited problem into permanent misery, both for those actual refugees and the 5.5 million people who were born refugees. Possibly, the worst thing that ever happened to Palestinians was the creation of UNRWA
  26. "Palestinian Terrorist Groups Continue to Build Tunnels Under UNRWA schools." FDD, Nov 30, 2022.
  27. UN Teachers Call To Murder Jews, Reveals New Report." UN Watch, Mar 14, 2023.
  28. "BBC Host Nukes Her Twitter, Claims Israel Is '(blood blibel:) Happy To Kill Children'." Alex Christy, July 5th, 2023.
    BBC anchor Anjana Gadgil nuked her Twitter account after a Tuesday interview with former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett where she accused the Israeli military of being “happy [she defamed] to kill children” as it conducted anti-terrorism operations in Jenin.
  29. "BBC's Modern Blood Libel." CAMERA, July 5, 2023.
    As is apparent from the BBC spokesperson’s response, it is only robust pushback by large numbers of people — in this case, Jewish organizations, activists and  community members — that ensures that media outlets (like the BBC) are prevented from normalizing such anti-Jewish hate rhetoric, libels and tropes.

    sad empty "apology" by twisted BBC

    BBC: "The United Nations raised the issue of the impact of the operation in Jenin on children and young people." - What does this sentence have to do with terrorists targeted by IDF which the BBC anchor spoke about with Bennet?

    BBC: "While this was a legitimate subject to examine in the interview, we apologise that the language used in this line of questioning was not phrased well and was inappropriate."

    - Is it a question of phrasing or "language? Is there a perception at BBC "reporting" in line with that sick antiSemitic idea or not?
  30. 30.0 30.1 ""Children" or "Terrorists"? PMW rejects BBC’s apology." Itamar Marcus, PMW, Jul 6, 2023.

    BBC and UN accuse Israel of killing “children” in Jenin when in fact they were armed terrorists.

    BBC’s libel went even further: "Israeli forces are happy[sic] to kill children."

    After broad condemnation, BBC issued a so-called “apology” – but only because the “questioning was not phrased well."

    Neither the UN nor BBC has admitted that the “children” were in fact armed terrorists.

    ...Neither the BBC nor the UN have apologized or admitted that they are creating cover for armed terrorists, and for playing a central role in the PA’s war propaganda, by calling them “children” and blaming Israel for their deaths. [7]

    2023 Operation Home and Garden - an Israeli counter-terror operation in Jenin that lasted from July 3–5, 2023. The operation targeted terror infrastructure in the city, and particularly the Islamic Jihad-affiliated terror group the Jenin Brigade, after 50 terror attacks had originated from the city and 19 terrorists had fled to it since the start of 2023. Israeli soldier David Yehuda Yitzhak, 23, was killed during the operation, while at least 18 Palestinian terrorists were killed and over 300 terror suspects were arrested. During the operation, Israeli forces attacked a terror headquarters located next to a medical clinic and two schools, one of them belonging to UNRWA. Several weapons factories were discovered containing hundreds of explosives and weapons caches. Terrorists opened fire on Israeli forces from within a mosque in the Jenin refugee camp, and after gaining control of the site, the Israeli forces discovered weapons caches including explosives and entrances to underground tunnels in the mosque's basement.
  31. "The arrests, the activity in the mosque and the appeal of the camp: Operation "Home and Garden" - a snapshot." Elad Huminer, Kipa, 04.07.23
  32. "The fact that the IDF killed no civilians in Jenin is a marvel." Richard Kemp, The Jewish Chronicle, July 6, 2023.
    In most operations in urban areas, even those conducted by Western armies, more civilians than fighters are killed.
  33. Brendan O’Neill, The shameful gloating at Israel, The Spectator, October 7, 2023.
  34. Miriam Kuepper, Israeli comedians ruthlessly mock BBC reporting of Al-Ahli hospital bombing in Gaza: Satirical show pokes fun at the Beeb with report by fake journalist 'Harry Whiteguilt' - after broadcaster was slammed for its coverage of blast, Daily Mail, Oct 27, 2023.

    [8]. BBC had been criticised for reporting that hospital was hit by 'Israeli air strike' Israeli comedians have ruthlessly mocked the BBC's reporting of the Al-Ahli hospital bombing in Gaza after the broadcaster was slammed for its coverage of the blast. In the satirical show, a fake BBC newsreader said: 'Good evening from London, here are some news from the war in Gaza.' A BBC News banner on screen read: 'Israel bombs hospital. 500 killed' as the actress continued: 'Israel has bombed a hospital killing hundreds of innocent people.' She then shook her head and indicated to the person behind the camera for 'more, more'. The banner's death count then changed to '750 killed', with the fake newsreader declaring this was 'much better'. The screen cut to mock BBC Middle East correspondent 'Harry Whiteguilt', who said: 'Good evening Rachael from the illegal colony of Tel Aviv. In the satirical show, the fake BBC newsreader said: 'Good evening from London , here are some news from the war in Gaza'

    'Israeli officials have denied bombing the hospital, but we have video footage showing what really happened indeed.' The footage that followed was a compilation of clips from the hospital blast - which including a paper plane flying over head, a scene from the movie Oppenheimer and an exploding bomb. The newsreader said: 'Absolutely shocking Harry.' A new banner across the screen said 'We love Hamas' with the BBC News logo next to it. 'We got this video from Hamas the most credible not terrorist organisation in the world,' correspondent Harry reported. 'I'm sorry Rachael, I've got some terrible news. The United States Pentagon says it has evidence Israel did not bomb the hospital.' Newsreader Rachael looked shocked and quickly backpedaled: 'What? Well... I guess it's going to be one of those things we can never be sure about. Like how the Jews knew about 9/11 and did not go to work that day,' she said while winking. 'No, they just published recordings of Hamas Freedom Fighters admitting they were the ones who fired the missiles by mistake,' correspondent Harry clarified. The show then played a recording from who they call 'Jihad Militant #1', who said: 'My god, what a huge mistake. I fired our missile on our own hospital.' Another militant replied: 'It's ok not a big deal. Maybe we had there a few gays. That's life. You win some you lose some.' Back in the studio, fake BBC journalist Rachael said again: 'Well, I guess we'll never know exactly what happened.' Another audio clip by 'Jihad Militant #1' repeated: 'No, no, we did it,' but Rachael still insisted: 'It's just going to stay a mystery.' ([9]. A new banner across the screen in the satirical show read 'We love Hamas' with the BBC News logo next to it). The show then played a recording from who they call 'Jihad Militant #1', who said: 'My god, what a huge mistake. I fired our missile on our own hospital.' Another militant replied: 'It's ok not a big deal.

    Maybe we had there a few gays. That's life. You win some you lose some' Newsreader Rachael ended her newscast with the words: 'Good night everyone and remember: Israel is (lol) ISIS.'

    'Jihad Militant #2' said: 'It's not a mystery. It's us. Totally us. Only us.'

    Both fake BBC employees looked uneasy, until Harry declared: 'But it's still Israel's fault... because the Israel blockade prevented Hamas from getting proper functioning missiles and this is why tragic accidents like this happened indeed.' Newsreader Rachael ended her newscast with the words: 'Good night everyone and remember: Israel is (lol) ISIS.' This comes after the BBC was slammed for its coverage of the blast and even Israel warned the broadcaster it could be stopped from reporting in the country for refusing to call Hamas terrorists. The BBC admitted it was wrong to speculate that a rocket that hit a Gaza hospital was an 'Israeli air strike'. A senior Israeli official said the government could take action if the BBC continued 'crossing the line in accordance with our laws'. It came after Israel's president Isaac Herzog said its policy of referring to Hamas as militants was 'atrocious'. Israel's communications ministry is currently looking at the possibility of closing Qatari owned Al Jazeera's local bureau over claims its coverage was favourable to Hamas. The BBC refers to Hamas as a 'militant' group rather than a terror group and described the slaughter of civilians as a 'militant' attack. It has a long-standing policy of only using the term 'terrorist' when it is attributed to someone else.

    This comes after the BBC as slammed for its coverage of the blast and even Israel warned the broadcaster it could be stopped from reporting in the country for refusing to call Hamas terrorists. Pictured is the aftermath of the explosion.

    In the immediate aftermath of the blast, correspondent Jon Donnison said it was 'hard to see' what else could have happened at the al-Ahli Hospital other than an 'Israeli air strike'

    John Simpson, its World Affairs Editor, has warned that calling Hamas terrorists would be 'taking sides' and 'it's not the BBC's job to tell people who to support and who to condemn'. The BBC was criticised after a reporter speculated that an 'Israeli strike' was responsible for an explosion at a hospital in Gaza that killed hundreds of people. In the immediate aftermath of the blast, correspondent Jon Donnison said it was 'hard to see' what else could have happened at the al-Ahli Hospital other than an 'Israeli air strike'. Despite this claim, growing evidence has emerged that the explosion at the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza City was caused by a failed rocket launch by terrorist group Islamic Jihad.

    Following huge criticism, the corporation issued a statement on October 19 on the 'Corrections and Clarifications' page of its website, which admitted 'it was wrong to speculate in this way'.
  35. Tziki Brandwine, Censorship: BBC interviews Herzog, omits his criticism of the network, INN, Oct 31, 2023.

    British network chooses not to air portion of interview in which Israeli President criticized its biased coverage of Israel.

    British network chooses not to air portion of interview in which Israeli President criticized its biased coverage of Israel.

    President Isaac Herzog was interviewed on Tuesday by the BBC.

    Throughout the war, the BBC has been criticized in Israel and the world for its biased coverage of the goings on in Israel, among other things when it accused Israel of an explosion in a hospital in Gaza, which turned out to have been caused by an Islamic Jihad rocket.

    The network chose to broadcast only a small part of the interview with the President, and the segment in which Herzog criticized the channel's coverage of the war was omitted.

    In the interview, he was asked about humanitarian aid to Gaza and said, "We are supplying humanitarian aid. We are doing our best to move all the civilians down south to be fully protected, and then the army goes in, fights and cleans up the place from Hamas."

    On the issue of the hostages, President Herzog said, "We are in contact with Qatar all the time. They play an important role in the effort to return the hostages and I hope that there will be results. So far we have not seen any real proposals."
  36. ‘censors’ interview with Herzog, JNS, Nov 1, 2023.
    His spokesperson released footage that the UK broadcaster chose to omit, including parts about Churchill, the BBC's conduct and the criticism of Israel.
  37. Verifying BBC (Hamas) propaganda – presenting exhibit A. David Collier, November 22, 2023.

    Bombshell exclusive: The BBC doesn’t just push Hamas propaganda. The BBC even gets a Hamas terrorist supporter to help write the story for them!.

    To say the BBC has been in trouble over their reporting of the conflict would be a grievous understatement. The BBC has rushed to present Hamas propaganda as news. It has relied on the words of terrorist supporters to create stories that demonise Israel. The immediate public outcry has been so bad that they had to publicly apologise twice when cornered. Since October 7 the BBC has sided with – and chosen to believe – a radical Islamic terror group over Israel – a democracy and staunch ally of the United Kingdom...
  38. David Collier, BBC News – obsessive, biased- and unaccountable. Nar 3, 2024.

    On Friday (1 March), BBC News published the latest findings from their ‘fact-checking’. flagship ‘BBC Verify’ – looking at the 100+ deaths that occurred during the chaos surrounding the aid convoy in Gaza.

    BBC launched BBC Verify last year – a unit comprising of 60 journalists to help fact-check, verify video, and counter disinformation. Intended to be a gold standard in the age of fake news, BBC Verify has just ended up being another obsessive anti-Israel propaganda outfit.

    While BBC Verify do not actually come to any conclusions over the aid convoy deaths, the piece is heavily slanted to blame the Israeli army for the deaths.

    This latest ‘fact checking’ story rested heavily on one key eyewitness – a Palestinian journalist called Mahmoud Awadeyah. This is what he told the BBC:

    Mahmoud Awadeyah eyewitness [10]

    This eyewitness account provides the backdrop for BBC Verify to imply that ‘Israel did it’. BBC News then rely on one other witness – the interim hospital manager at al-Awda hospital, to drive home the claim.

    But there is a larger problem. BBC Verify don’t actually verify anything here. They just take these people at their word and publish these statements without question.

    Anyone who follows my work knows that I always check Journalists where I can. Research has shown that 50% of the journos in Gaza appear to work directly for Hamas or Islamic Jihad. Who exactly is Mahmoud Awadeyah that the BBC relied on to create their BBC Verify headline?

    The BBC’s source – Mahmoud (Al) Awadeyah Mahmoud Al Awadeyah posted an account on his FB from the scene. He has an IG account as well and uses both Awadia and Al Awadia on his social media.

    He works for Al Quds Today and the Tasnim News Agency. Tasnim is an Iranian news agency set up and controlled by the IRGC.

    [11]

    Perhaps the pro-IRGC affiliation explains why his likes on the ‘X’ platform include a post about Hamas honouring the IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani.

    But the problem goes way beyond liking posts. On 27 January 2023, as seven Israelis lay dead following a terror attack outside of a synagogue – Awadeyah posted these celebrations on Facebook:

    [12] [13]

    In summer of 2023 Awadeyah stood in front of a mural that celebrated the murder of 82-year-old Inga Avramyan who was killed by an Islamic Jihad rocket when it hit her apartment in Rehovot. Awadeyah celebrated the killing, and promised more:

    [14]

    His timelines across social media are full of pro-terrorist imagery and support for violence:

    There were also several posts on his FB that mourned for ‘Abu Hadi’ or Khalil Al Bahtini – a leader of the milItary wing of Islamic Jihad. Al Bahtini was killed in a targeted strike by Israel in May 2023:

    [15]

    And here they are together in this photo, with Awadeyah posting about how close they were:

    [16]

    This is the BBC’s key source for the BBC Verify article.

    How can the BBC possibly consider this man’s evidence as reliable? He dances when Jewish civilians are murdered, and sits and breaks bread with the leaders of proscribed terrorist groups. Is there a sane person alive who believes this terrorist supporter would not lie for his cause?

    Did nobody at ‘BBC Verify’ bother to look at his social media account?

    The answer of course is no, of course they didn’t. BBC Verify consists of amateurish hacks, who have a supremacist attitude, and who don’t even bother to do the most basic of checks. This is not journalism – it is activism – driven by a bunch of privileged nobodies with limited intelligence and grossly inflated egos. Angry? You bet I am. The BBC anti-Israel drumbeat helps to spread antisemitism and it is all funded by the taxpayer. This is absolutely disgraceful.

    But then this is just what BBC News do all the time.

    Tuesday 27 Feb – the ‘special’ day of coverage On Tuesday 27 February, BBC News ran live coverage so Gazans could ‘share their daily lives’ with the world. It turned out to be another day of relentless anti-Israel propaganda dutifully funded by the British taxpayer.

    Have no doubt, the BBC has mobilised against Israel and are using almost every dirty trick in the book to demonise the Jewish state. There is no attempt at balance, there is no quality to the output, and there is no truth in the final picture. BBC News coverage of the war is akin to a civil service version of Electronic Intifada.

    Still don’t believe me? Just carry on reading.

    Almost every day the BBC front page news covers an aspect of the war in an attempt to demonise Israel. The piece is always on the front page – and invariably negative. A simple browse through the BBC headlines captured in the wayback machine easily highlights this.

    On 27 February the BBC decided to run a whole day with updates from Gazans telling everyone about the lives they are leading now. For example, one of the first out of the block at 7:40am was Dr Haya Hijazi. We are told she is living in a tent and the headline tells us she starts each day with a search for clean water:BBC lies Haya Hijazi

    [17]

    Except this does not seem to be true. Haya Hijazi is a social media propagandist who runs constant campaigns for donations. She is quite successful and has 576,000 followers on Instagram. It is impossible to know how much money she receives, but her IG is full of videos of herself handing out produce. She clearly has no shortage herself. In fact, just before she told BBC she needed to ‘search for water’, she was busy filming herself handing out cash. This post from her own Instagram account on Monday:

    [18] Video Player. 00:00.00:44

    Not your average Gazan then.

    And so it went on. The first entry of the day was from Yahya Hussen – who used to live in the exclusive Al-Zahra neighbourhood. The next was from Samira Noorallah who used to live in a house ‘of 300 square meters’. These are not your average Gazans either. Then came this one – a ‘journalist’ called Aseel Mousa:

    [19]

    In simply referring to Mousa as a journalist, the BBC neglect to inform readers that Aseel Mousa writes for hate magazines like Electronic Intifada. She openly saluted Oct 7 on her X account. This is a celebratory post from Mousa on January 27 2023 at 19:07 – as seven Israelis were slaughtered in a terrorist attack:

    [20]

    These are the people BBC is giving voice to. Does nobody check anything? Or do they just not care?

    BBC News and subtle brainwashing A BBC News headline the following day was more subtle. It was about Biden’s primary victory in Michigan

    [21]

    This is the problem with bias – it often works like a magician’s assistant – most people look the wrong way, and if they do catch on, they end up down a rabbit hole arguing over semantics. But the real bias is not contained in the words – it is contained in the intent, design and process – it is institutional.

    This is no surprise because the BBC’s pool of journalists is turning into a sewer full of anti-Zionist and/or woke activists. The journalist behind last Wednesday’s piece on Biden is Brandon Denon. Before taking up this position with the BBC he was the ‘Racial Justice and Equity Reporter‘ at the Indianapolis Star. He is married to Daliyah Assil (Dalyah Shaheera Drenon on FB), a ‘Syrian Palestinian’.

    [22]

    Assil’s family is active, and her sister Reem Assil has the ‘honour’ of having her own page on the Canary Mission website. She is listed for her glorification of terrorism and her pro BDS activities:

    [23]

    No, Brandon is not responsible for the pro-terrorist sympathies of his sister-in-law, or the ‘free Palestine’ posts of his wife. But anyone who thinks that a racial justice and equity reporter who is married into a Palestinian Syrian activist family is going to write impartial articles about Israel is simply deluded. But this is the reality of the BBC employee pool these days – more fit for Novara media or the Canary, than the British public service broadcaster.

    And the BBC anti-Israel propaganda coverage is relentless. It is not just a few skewed headlines or dodgy journalists – it is as if the BBC turned its entire arsenal on the Jewish state.

    More on BBC Unverified Take a recent BBC Verify video featuring journalist Merlyn Thomas on the events in Nasser Hospital in Gaza.

    The piece is all speculation, and Thomas does not actually verify anything at all in this ‘BBC Verify’ video. Worse still, she pushes statements such as “Doctors say a number of people there have been killed by Israeli snipers in recent days” – which is surely exactly the type of unverified propaganda rubbish that BBC Verify was created to address.

    [24]

    This is the result of nothing more than a few obsessives at the BBC finding another excuse to demonise Israel. Check Thomas’ social media. It is all one way traffic.

    There are plenty of such examples from BBC Verify. Jake Horton & Daniele Palumbo looked at work taking place in Egypt near the Gaza border. Their speculation relied on an anonymous conspiratorial suggestion from an ‘aid worker’, and a quote from Andreas Krieg ‘an academic at KCL’. Andreas Krieg literally worked with the Qatari military (Qatar hosts key elements of the Hamas leadership). How can BBC Verify not mention this in an article related to Israel?

    And Andreas Krieg seems to be a BBC Verify favourite – as Merlyn Thomas and co used him again just a few days ago when they tried to support Hamas claims over the numbers of civilian dead (BBC Verify’s attempts to pretend they can address this in the middle of a conflict just underlines how amateurish this all is).

    But the bottom line is this: BBC Verify only engage in verifying things that try to undermine Israeli actions and statements. Could you imagine them addressing the fake narrative of the Gazan journalists? They never would – nor do they ever address anything that undermines the Palestinian propaganda campaign.

    It is ALL one way traffic. That’s the bias.

    BBC News – the unaccountable elite And they know there is nothing we can do. The BBC is untouchable and the BBC Journalists truly believe they are of a superior breed.

    To test the ground, I recently raised three official complaints with the BBC. Important note: I didn’t complain about bias because that can lead to an argument of subjectivity. I researched and found three items produced by the BBC that contained serious ethical failings.

    The first was a fake news article put together with the help of a terrorist supporter in Gaza. The second was an article that didn’t bother to do background research into the Hamas ties of the victims. The third was an article in which the BBC’s Gazan based journalist appears to interview his own wife as if she were a random stranger. I submitted complaints against all three. In all three cases I had to wait several weeks before receiving the same dismissive response.

    [25]

    They do not care – and we cannot touch them. I did refer the three cases to OFCOM as instructed in those BBC emails – but I am not hopeful there either. The BBC Journalists are unaccountable. The more I dig into the BBC’s institutional hatred of Israel, the more I come to the obvious conclusion that no fair minded person should be helping to fund them. They all help to spread antisemitism.
  39. BBC apologizes for false claim IDF targeting medical staff, Arabic speakers in Gaza, TOI, 15 November 2023
  40. Ran Boker, BBC news presenter asks: Did IDF 'warn the Palestinians' before hostage rescue, Ynet, June 9, 2024.
    IDF spokesman says warning those holding the hostages 'would defeat the purpose' since the terrorists would 'kill the hostages'; CNN takes heat for saying that the hostages were 'released', implying that Hamas freed them.
  41. Staff, BBC asks why IDF didn't warn Gazans on secret raid, ILH, June 8, 2024.

    Former IDF spokesperson pushes back against the notion, saying advance warnings were impossible as they could have jeopardized the mission and led to the hostages being killed. Former IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus pushed back against a suggestion by BBC news anchor Helena Humphrey Sunday after she said the Israeli military should have given Palestinians advance warning on Saturday's hostage rescue operation.

    "Of course, we cannot anticipate Israel to be warning ahead of a raid to extract or to save hostages because then what the terrorists would do is to kill the hostages, and that would defeat the purpose," Conricus rebuffed.
  42. Red-handed: Catching the BBC pushing fake news. David Collier, June 23, 2024.
    This time I caught the BBC red-handed.
  43. The BBC busted with terrorist supporters again. David Collier, July 4, 2024. [26]

    Abed Abubaker is a terrorist supporter. He publicly celebrates the murder of Jews and justifies the slaughter of civilians. His immediate family supports terrorism. His cousin is an Islamic Jihad terrorist. Abed’s best friend’s father was a Hamas enforcer. How did the BBC fawn over him and give him so much unchallenged airtime on at least four separate occassions?

    So here is a legitimate question: How many times can the BBC produce fake news or be caught platforming terrorist supporters before it justifiably gets labelled as a Hamas propaganda website?

    I have been doing what I can to highlight the most egregious examples my research uncovered – all that so one day – the BBC journalists and executives responsible for the catastrophic collapse of BBC standards and integrity – will finally be held to account for the tsunami of antisemitism they have helped to unleash.

    Exhibit A was an entirely fabricated story about Gazan footballers – lies that were provided to the BBC by a terrorist supporting journalist that helped write the article.

    Exhibit B was about how the BBC got caught pretending a child with severe underlying illnesses was healthy before October 7.

    This latest example is exhibit C.

    The non news story Last November, BBC News ran a ‘non-news story‘ about a 14-year-old football supporter from Gaza who had his photo placed at Anfield stadium by Liverpool fans in a gesture of solidarity. The bridge had been built by his elder brother – Abubaker Abed – a young football commentator / journalist who lives in Deir al Balah in the Gaza Strip.

    It was a non-story because there is no substance to it, and it typifies the Palestinian propaganda cause. It was a meaningless and blatant stunt put together between a propagandist in Gaza and an anti-Israel activist in Liverpool. You might expect to see the story being told in a student journal somewhere, or in a Facebook post. You wouldn’t expect to see it anywhere near the BBC website. But this is what activist journalists have reduced the BBC to. The BBC’s new expert

    The propaganda stunt in early November introduced Abubaker Abed to the BBC – and it soon became apparent BBC journalists had him on speed dial. I found four separate BBC News interviews with him spread between November and February:

    During these interviews: 24/11/2023 Five unchallenged minutes in which he describes massacres, atrocities, soldiers shooting civilians, and babies dying from a lack of food. 1/12/2023 Over six unchallenged minutes in which he is free to talk about ‘Israeli occupation forces’, massacres, atrocities and pushing lies about aid. 11/01/24 Seven unchallenged minutes in which he spreads stories about lack of aid, water, ongoing massacres of civilians and how they are reduced to eating bird food. 08/02/2024 Seven more unchallenged minutes in which he can say whatever he likes to the BBC audience without fear of contradiction.

    During the interviews the BBC journalists repeatedly state how important it is to hear voices like Abubaker’s – so as to tell viewers what Gazans are really living with.

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  54. BBC report finds bias within corporation, Gary Cleland,Telegraph, June 18, 2007.
  55. BBC Report: Network's Bias Due to 'The Inherent Liberal Culture of its Staff', Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters, June 17, 2007
  56. Former BBC Producer Explains Why Media Are Liberally Biased, Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters, July 15, 2007
  57. Here is the news (as we want to report it), Telegraph, July 15, 2007
  58. Facebook Provides Fascinating Glimpse Into Society, Media Demographics, Matthew Sheffield, NewsBusters, October 27, 2007
  59. Facebook reveals the BBC as a liberal hotbed, Jane Merrick and Kirsty Walker, Daily Mail, October 27, 2007
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  61. Elizabeth Day. "Boris Johnson: 'Do you want me to be photographed in my Bullingdon Club uniform? With a spliff? Now you're talking'" The Observer. (October 19, 2014).
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  65. The BBC has a serious issue with Jews, JC, Jan 18, 2022.
    ... Take last night’s coverage of the Beth Israel shul siege in Texas, when a rabbi and three other Jews were taken hostage in the synagogue. Not once in its report on its flagship 10pm news did it mention antisemitism. Not once, at any point, did Ed Thomas, the BBC’s Special Correspondent, even hint that the gunman might even possibly, just perhaps, you never know, have had an issue of some kind with Jews.
  66. Nic North, BBC admits they shouldn't have put 'hostages' in quotes in coverage of Texas hostage siege, BBC, January 18, 2022
  67. Iran, Hamas top Simon Wiesenthal Center's antisemitism 2021 top ten list, JPost, Dec 29, 2021
  68. UK Jewish groups slam BBC ‘non-apology’ for misreporting antisemitic Hanukkah attack, TOI, Jan 28, 2022.

    Board of Deputies of British Jews 'dismayed' by broadcaster continuing 'to cloud issue' of it claiming call for help in Hebrew was slur aimed at Muslims.

    A man (R) appears to make a Nazi salute, in a video showing a group of people accosting Jews on a Chabad bus as they celebrated Hanukkah in London, November 28, 2021. (Screen capture: Twitter) [27]
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  70. Jane Prinsley, MPs accuse BBC of stoking ‘global antisemitism’, The JC, February 28, 2024.

    Parliamentarians also accuse the corporation of ‘institutional’ Jew-hate.

    MPs have accused the BBC of fuelling attacks on Jews through biased reporting on the Israel-Hamas conflict.

    During a cross-party debate in Westminster Hall on Tuesday, former attorney general Sir Michael Ellis, said that senior BBC management had “fundamentally failed” to deal with biased coverage and mitigate the fears of Jewish staff.

    “The relentless bias of BBC News coverage has contributed to the record levels of intimidation and attacks on British Jews,” he added.

    Sir Michael, Conservative MP for Northampton North, cited numerous instances of alleged bias, including the BBC’s refusal to call Hamas terrorists, which meant the corporation had become “complicit in Hamas’ well-orchestrated disinformation campaign”.

    Numerous politicians also made damning allegations against the BBC during the debate, which the cooperation has since refuted.

    According to several MPs, one inaccurate BBC report about the Al-Ahli hospital bombing in Gaza “led to a spike in antisemitism globally”, including the burning of synagogues in Tunisia and Germany.

    Conservative MP Theresa Villiers said that the BBC’s “rush to accept the Hamas allegation that it was caused by Israel” created problems on the ground, while MP Steve Double said the Al-Ahli report “felt like the BBC couldn’t wait to jump to the conclusion it must have been Israel, and they were almost disappointed when it came out that it clearly wasn’t”.

    Sir Michael said that some of the BBC coverage suggested a “moral equivalence between a democratic state whose leaders are elected by their people… and a genocidal terrorist group that oppresses its people and murders children and civilians”.

    He labelled Hamas’s policy of not distinguishing between combatant and civilian deaths in Gaza as “cynical”.

    Sir Michael referred to Jewish BBC employees who have made complaints: “Dozens of current Jewish employees at the BBC are understood to have filed formal complaints about their concerns over antisemitism, describing it as a grim and frightening time to be Jewish at the corporation.

    ‌“The BBC’s senior management has fundamentally failed to deal with this problem and uphold its own guidelines, and the organisation now appears complicit in peddling misinformation and allowing antisemitism to fester” he went on.

    S‌ir Michael said: “In those circumstances, I have come to the conclusion that the BBC is institutionally antisemitic.”

    “What makes the BBC institutionally antisemitic is not that there is bias or antisemitism within – sadly, there’s a lot of that everywhere. It is the fact that management has not done what they should be doing about it.

    “BBC employees suffering abuse from within, mistakes not corrected, staff and so-called ‘talent’ not disciplined, erroneous reports not corrected or pushed out without responsible checking – this has inflamed community tensions here in the UK, it has fuelled the rise in antisemitism, it has harmed diplomatic efforts to end the violence. To hold oneself up as neutral and to be biased is a form of corruption.”‌

    Sir Michael’s accusations come soon after BBC boss Tim Davie acknowledged in an email to all staff that the corporation had a problem with “some antisemitic behaviour”.

    Several MPs quoted research which found that 77 per cent of Jews in Britain believe BBC coverage of the conflict is biased against Israel.‌

    Gary Lineker’s activity on social media also came under fire. Leeds MP Sir Alec Shelbrooke said the BBC’s editorial rules are being “completely undermined” by Lineker’s desire to “whack two fingers” up at the guidelines.

    Sir Alec claimed that his Jewish constituents are “bloody terrified” because, in part, of the “inbuilt bias with the BBC”.

    Sir Alec warned a loss in confidence in the BBC means that many will simply stop paying their license fee, “and damn the consequences”.

    Tory MP Steve Double told the debate that he wondered whether BBC journalists “are so blinded by their views about Israel that they can’t see how biased they are about their reporting, or whether they’re so biased that they just don’t care.

    ‌“We have seen a rise in the number of antisemitic incidents taking place in recent months in this country, and the shameful treatment of a number of our Jewish community, and it’s very difficult to come to any other conclusion than that sadly the BBC has contributed to this because of the way they have presented Israel in such a poor light,” Double said.

    Tory MP and Minister Julia Lopez told the debate that the corporation is "not there as an instrument of government, where ministers seek to interfere with editorial decisions or the day-to-day running of the organisation”.

    A BBC spokesperson said: “We don’t agree with this opinion which we reject entirely and is not borne out by the facts.

    "With regard to staff, their welfare is always paramount and have well-established and robust processes in place to handle any issues, concerns or complaints raised with us, along with a range of support available to anyone who may need it."
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  74. Hero's tale is 'too positive' for the BBC, Chris Hastings, Telegraph, July 4, 2007
  75. Paintball for Terrorists? BBC Paid for Islamic Radicals' Amusement, Matthew Sheffield, NewsBusters, December 6, 2007
  76. BBC 'funded paintballing trip for Islamic terrorists and didn't pass on information about 21/7 bombers', Daniel Bates, Daily Mail, December 5, 2007
  77. BBC Still Blaming U.S. for 9/11, Matthew Sheffield, NewsBusters, September 29, 2007
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