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The BBC Couldn't Do "Impartial" If It Tried … And It Has

The BBC is continuing to resist pressure over its decision not to air an appeal for aid to Gaza.

I come at this from a slightly different angle to most of the more prominent and professional commentators. I think the BBC’s coverage of the Gaza episode was abysmal. It was one-sided (anti-Israeli) and sloppy (talking of “Palestinian” dead without distinguishing between Hamas people and the genuinely innocent victims). Of course, we’re used to that, which made me (almost) laugh at this line from the BBC itself:

Director general Mark Thompson has said by airing the appeal the BBC would risk reducing public confidence in its impartial coverage of the conflict.

He should be on the stage, that Mr Thompson.

What it shows is that even when the BBC does try to be impartial, it get is wrong. The truth is, the BBC clearly doesn’t now how to do “impartial”.

The BBC should air the DEC thing and let people decide for themselves whether they trust the charities more than, say, the EU which has been pumping “aid” to Hamas for ages now, and in which we have no choice.

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