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(Daily Mail)   BBC spends £200,000 of the taxpayers' money to block a Freedom of Information inquiry into whether their reporting is biased toward Palestine. Which seems to have pretty much settled that question already   ( divider line
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208 clicks; posted to Politics » on 26 Mar 2007 at 5:29 PM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2007-03-26 1:44:52 PM  
You would think that a channel that has a news division would be all about the freedom of information. Oh wait they're libs, the rules only apply to the little people.
2007-03-26 2:07:47 PM  
Folks who think that they, as members of their team, are any better than members of another team make me laugh.

2007-03-26 2:28:03 PM  
There's a specific derogation of the FOI rules which the BBC claims covers the Balen Report:

"[They] must only disclose only for material held for purposes other than journalism, art or literature."

There are obvious difficulties in requiring full disclosure of journalistic activities. Whether this report should fall under the derogation has been being kicked back and forth since 2004.

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Oh wait they're libs, the rules only apply to the little people.

/stifles laughter
2007-03-26 2:53:00 PM  
Good to know that most news sources regarding the Israeli-Palestinie conflict are neutral.

/waiting for pigs to fly next
2007-03-26 5:32:03 PM  
Well, it can't be any more biased toward Palestine than the US press is toward Israel.
2007-03-26 5:46:35 PM  
Well said Carmody.
2007-03-26 5:50:40 PM  
i expect that the bbc will lose. i don't think that there will be any real bias shown. they'll be probably something for wingnuts to get worked up about, until the issue is fleshed out and the opposing side accepted as well. it will be good if we have a news organization that is as transparent as possible. people will be able to monitor the network and that might be good. obviously, with the 'give israel your united support' (giyus) network already actively attempting to subvert news networks by organized mass action, there is a risk that transparency will be exploited. hopefully though, even greater transparency will soon enough negate things like giyus and we'll have a news source accepted as trustworthy by all sides
2007-03-26 6:04:39 PM  
reality has a liberal bias

2007-03-27 4:35:26 AM  
Reality has no bias, RanDomino. Your perception of reality has been so tainted by years of wolfing down everything you have been fed by the handful that you obviously no longer even understand what a "bias" is. This same brainwashing that you have undergone is also evident from your statement in that it shows yout lack of both creativity and originality, while also displaying the smugness that your type basks in when "stickin' it to the man". Quite frankly you all make me sick.

It is possible to provide news from an unbiased standpoint, but you don't see it anywhere. Not on Fox, not on NBC, not on ABC, not on BBC, not anywhere. You know why? Because everyone has an opinion, and everyone has an agenda - including me, and expecially including you. And the problem is that journalistic ethics went out the door finally and for good about 30 years ago when Walter Cronkite thought it was his job or within his ability to pass judgement on the ability of an army to win a war. Nobody cares anymore that the first job of a journalist is to convey the facts and all the facts. The point now is to get viewers/readers, get known, and make money. Find a market and exploit it.

You keep paying them, and they'll keep telling you what you want to hear, RanDomino.

/Fark Out
2007-03-27 5:23:25 AM  
I knew giving the Mossad those pictures of Malcolm Balen I had was a good idea.
2007-03-27 11:22:13 AM  
You keep paying them, and they'll keep telling you what you want to hear, RanDomino.


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