Saturday, 24 January 2009

Careful now!

The BBC is so obsessed with balance that its director general has shot himself in the foot defending its preposterous ban on the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza.
Mark Thompson said: "After consultation with senior news editors, we concluded that to broadcast a free-standing appeal, no matter how carefully couched, ran the risk of calling into question the public's confidence in the BBC's impartiality in its coverage of the story as a whole ...

"We will continue to broadcast news about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and, if appropriate, to cover the work of the UK NGOs on the ground. We cannot, however, broadcast anything which we believe might compromise the impartiality of the BBC's journalism."

I've added the italics to show how weak the justification is. As the Guardian's Marina Hyde says, the BBC is "a bit jumpy" after the Ross/Brand affair:
You will scarcely find an employee who will not speak of a risk-averse culture, with some judging it a worse paralysis than in the wake of the Hutton report.
Which is saying something.

1 comment:

ParisL0ve2 said...

Maybe the United States should take the BBC stance of "appearing" to be impartial.

The United States media has no problem airing commericials that appeal for aid to ISRAEL on our televisions. I have yet to see one appealing for aid to the Palestinians in Gaza.

Let's face it!! This is not about wanting to appear impartial. This about not wanting to piss off Israel, period. What are people so afraid of?