All this week

I have only intermittent access to a computer. So here’s some quick links without my usual waffle – nice people will refrain from writing in and saying it’s an improvement. Go see new blog The Ultra Moderate. Check out the cool statement of belief top right. The Daily Ablution hangs John Humphrys out to dry. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

Enjoying Condi’s pain.

What a wonderful so-called picture of Condoleeza Rice in this so-called ‘White House U-turn on 9/11 inquiry’ story. As Andrew Sullivan notes, inquiries are not always so much fun when journalists are in the hotseat. Senior BBC staff are threatening to take some flagship programmes off the air rather than face criticisms from an internal inquiry launched in the aftermath of Hutton. A remarkable series of internal battles, which has … Continue reading

A warm welcome

to the USS Neverdock, a media scrutiny blog (can anyone think of a neater term for what is fast becoming a recognisable genre?) captained by Marc, a former US Navy man now living in Scotland. Here’s a quote: “…more garbage from The BBC by Tim Franks This guy is moaning about not being able to jog in Baghdad! That’s right, jog. Not a typo for blog.” Click through to read … Continue reading

“See me, not the disability”

The BBC has a ‘Disability Champion’ – none other than Mark Byford, arch lefty from the World Service. I’m sure he could give you a lecture about the importance of seeing through a person’s disability to their true capabilities. Alas, Newsweek Scotland (BBC Radio Scotland) hasn’t been to any of Byford’s seminars. The show today carried a long article about the killing of Sheikh Yassin, which commenced with This week … Continue reading

New kid on the block.

I’ve added Acharit HaYamim, Dash Riprock’s blog, to the list of “Blogs with an interest in BBC matters. ” His latest post here compares what Barbara Plett says Hamas was formed to do and what Hamas says Hamas was formed to do. There’s also a paragraph or two about Orla Guerin’s report on the Palestinian child suicide bomber who changed his mind. Ms Guerin has a point, I must say. … Continue reading

Since the BBC doesn’t think you need to know much

about ‘Bush slammer’ Richard Clarke’s implosion, you may as well go to more reliable sources. UPDATE: A few more links on Clarke. UPDATE 2: Ok, at risk of beating a dead horse (named Clarke) read James Lileks, Charles Krauthammer, Congressman Christopher Shays (PDF) and this, from the Washington Times: But Mr. Clarke’s enormous capacity for self-promotion and taking liberties with the facts may be catching up with him. Time magazine’s … Continue reading

Fair trade 4 kidz.

The treatment of the just-ended “Fair Trade Fortnight” on the Children’s BBC website could do with one or two words of dissent from the chorus of approval. The treatment of trade issues as a whole on the CBBC website is one long hymn of praise to the anti-globalisation movement. This piece, “What is Fair Trade?” presents the “fair trade” initiative as an unquestioned good. Children would never guess that there … Continue reading

BBC Reporting by numbers#2:

If saying anything remotely critical of Islam, criticise another religion first. As reported by 21st March World at One on BBC Radio 4, al-Qa’eda issued a statement after the Madrid bombing, part of which said You [the West] love life, we [al-Qa’eda] love death World at One decided this was worthy of discussion, which I though was surprising. The BBC tells us constantly how ‘peace-loving’ Islam is. So how does … Continue reading

A slight mistranslation.

The BBC reports A Moroccan trainee teacher has been denied a job in Italy because school authorities feared her headscarf might scare children, local media reported. Put like that, the decision of the authorities in Samone sounds an utterly pathetic example of Islamophobia. The arguments offered by an official trying to defend the decision do nothing to change that impression: “(Children) might have been scared and it was better not … Continue reading

BBC Reporting by numbers #1

(it’s like painting by numbers, but less intelligent): If an Islamic group commits a terrorist attack, run a story about how the particular ethnic group is ‘oppressed’. BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (20th March) carried a story from their Spanish ‘correspondent’ about the plight of the Moroccan community in Spain. Let’s start with a Moroccan restaurateur. We are informed about a feeling of suspicion, and business after the Madrid bombings … Continue reading

More about the coverage of the killing of Sheikh Yassin

There is a new group blog called Oh, That Liberal Media, somewhat on the model of this one but usually covering US newspapers. However this post mentions this BBC despatch: The BBC dispatch, however, is astonishingly biased, even considering its source. In about 800 words, there is literally no mention of Hamas’s suicide bombings and, amidst copious quotes from Palestinians, all of five words allocated to the Israeli perspective; the … Continue reading


According to Tim Walker’s Mandrake column in the Sunday Telegraph, the BBC disinvited the historian William Shawcross from a debate at the behest of Tariq Ali. “The two were due to debate the rights and wrongs of the Iraq war on BBC2’s breakfast news programme Weekend 24 yesterday with the affable presenter Simon McCoy. Then Ali seemingly had a hissy fit and said that if Shawcross was taking part he’d … Continue reading