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Two points about BBC management refusing to broadcast the DEC appeal for Gaza residents

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Jan. 24th, 2009 | 06:03 pm

(i.e. this if you'd not seen it, which means you've not been watching or listening to the BBC)
  1. It's endlessly comic how actual BBC staff and journos clearly think this is a load of rubbish, with the consequence that it's on the front page of the site, on every news bulletin and whenever it does come up, they put the knife in and mention all the other channels that have backed down now. Dimbleby on Any Questions and Any Answers was barely hiding how pathetic he thought it was, and if you listen to the interview with Caroline Thomson on Today (audio player, about halfway down) they give her a classic Today roasting, interruptions and everything.
  2. The basic idea that we're being expected to accept here is that being "impartial" means that not only can you not say that something is bad - and I don't expect or want a media organisation to tell me things are bad - but you can't even mention clearly true and bad things, or support something being done about them. When a group of major charities plan a relief effort in Gaza, even if they avoid saying anything about why all those people are dead and injured and homeless and without food, water and medicine, there is I am afraid going to be result in some rather bad publicity for the government that caused it. It's a bit unavoidable. That's not partial - it's true.
About the campaign itself, with donation links.

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RATELS!!!!

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from: mordantcarnival
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
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OH GOD WHY DID I READ THE COMMENTS ON THAT BBC ARTICLE

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
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A ruthless campaign of internet comment bombing on an innocent piece of reporting.

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PhillyKat

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from: phillykat
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Wow! I don't even know what to say about that. It's bad that the BBC refused to air it, but I think it's decidely worse that other broadcasters followed suit. There used to be a time when I looked up to the British press and prefered them over ours, but none of the broadcast networks would block a charity event. FOX might, but not all of them.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
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The BBC has become immensely politically influenced, at the top level anyway - the staff hate it and make a nuisance of themselves all the time whenever there's one of these political moves. Try watching some of their stuff on Afghanistan, it's awful. The actual reporters are fine usually, they're experienced and know their stuff, but they get cut and messed about and misrepresented all the time.

Mind you, I have to say, would a widespread charity campaign for humanitarian relief in Gaza get onto US TV now at all?

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PhillyKat

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from: phillykat
date: Jan. 25th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
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Yup, it would. Perhaps not all day, unless it's cable, but an hour or 2, probably. The thing with our tv is that the local managing directors can refuse any program, which is why some shows go off the air as soon as they start. Most people don't know that.

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Spineless BBC

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 25th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
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I immediately donated £50 to the Gaza appeal - I hope others do the same even if it is a small amount.
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