The BBC: You can’t show that picture!

November 18, 2014


[Note by Tom Gross]

This is a follow-up to other dispatches on this list on the BBC, the world’s largest broadcasting network.

I don’t have time to write a more substantive dispatch now, but I did want to draw readers’ attention to a clip shown just minutes ago on BBC World TV.

The BBC, which was happy to broadcast Hamas-supplied pictures of dead children in Gaza almost round the clock all summer, declares “we don’t want to actually see that picture… Take that down!” as an Israeli minister shows them a picture of one of the Jewish worshippers butchered to death by Palestinians wielding knives and axes as the Israelis were praying in a Jerusalem synagogue this morning.

The BBC has a long-standing (though undeclared) policy of showing, often in graphic detail, pictures of dead Palestinians, but not of dead Israelis, which is why the Israeli minister held up the photo.

Today’s terror attack follows a particularly high level of incitement to kill Jews yesterday on the official TV and radio stations of the E.U.- and U.S.-funded Palestinian Authority.

Five of the 13 injured in this morning’s attack are on life support. The dead had 26 children among them.

Part of the BBC’s problem is with omission. For example, the BBC’s failure to mention that one of the rabbis axed to death this morning was British, born in the UK. The other three killed were all American citizens. Experts say it seems that the terrorists, who carefully scouted the premises yesterday, deliberately attacked an English-speaking synagogue.



* This is another dispatch today, here: CNN calls the attacked synagogue “a mosque”

Among related dispatches:

* Blatant BBC online anti-Semitism (& Iran proposes lashing dog-owners)

* Is the BBC really pro-Israel?

* Living in a Bubble: The BBC’s very own Mideast foreign policy

* The BBC discovers ‘terrorism,’ briefly: Suicide bombing seems different when closer to home


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Other dispatches in this video series can be seen here:

* Video dispatch 1: The Lady In Number 6

* Video dispatch 2: Iran: Zuckerberg created Facebook on behalf of the Mossad

* Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

* Video dispatch 4: While some choose boycotts, others choose “Life”

* Video dispatch 5: A Jewish tune with a universal appeal

* Video dispatch 6: Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Video dispatch 7: A brave woman stands up to the Imam (& Supporting Bin Laden in London)

* Video dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (Not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Video Dispatch 9: “The one state solution for a better Middle East...”

* Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

* Video dispatch 11: “Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

* Video dispatch 12: All I want for Christmas is...

* Video dispatch 13: “The amazing Israeli innovations Obama will see this week (& Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz!)

* Video dispatch 14: Jon Stewart under fire in Egypt (& Kid President meets Real President)

* Video dispatch 15: A rare BBC recording from 1945: Survivors in Belsen sing Hatikvah (& “No Place on Earth”)

* Video dispatch 16: Joshua Prager: “In search for the man who broke my neck”

* Video dispatch 17: Pushback against the “dictator Erdogan” - Videos from the “Turkish summer”

* Video dispatch 18: Syrian refugees: “May God bless Israel”

* Video dispatch 19: An uplifting video (& ‘Kenya calls in Israeli special forces to help end mall siege’)

* Video dispatch 20: No Woman, No Drive: First stirrings of Saudi democracy?

* Video dispatch 21: Al-Jazeera: Why can’t Arab armies be more humane like Israel’s?

* Video dispatch 22: Jerusalem. Tel Aviv. Beirut. Happy.

* Video dispatch 23: A nice moment in the afternoon

* Video dispatch 24: How The Simpsons were part of a “global conspiracy” behind the Arab Spring (& other videos)

* Video dispatch 25: Iranians and Israelis enjoy World Cup love-in (& U.S. Soccer Guide)

* Video dispatch 26: Intensifying conflict as more rockets aimed at Tel Aviv

* Video dispatch 27: Debating the media coverage of the current Hamas-Israel conflict (with Tom Gross)

* Video dispatch 28: CNN asks Hamas: “Do you really believe Jews slaughter Christians?” (& other items)

* Video dispatch 29: “Fighting terror by day, supermodels by night” (& Sign of the times)

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