"The ability of the BBC Trust to scrutinise BBC investigations and publish its findings, good or bad, means that our values and tradecraft are held constantly and openly to account." http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2011/07/investigative_journalism_in_th.htmlEven allowing for the sanctimonious self-congratulatory puffery that all too often characterises the BBC, this statement takes the cake.
For Al Beeb's "values and tradecraft" as they bear upon the Arab-Israeli conflict have never been held "openly to account," since despite many requests the Corporation has fought tooth and nail, even in the highest court in the land and with the expenditure of enormous amounts of money (all money derived from that compulsory anachronistic burden on British television owners called the "licence fee" which finances it) to prevent the BBC-commissioned, licence-payer funded report by employee Malcolm Balen that investigated Al Beeb's coverage reaching the public gaze.
But there's been more evidence in recent days of the sheer hypocrisy that characterises the BBC.
Indeed, the BBC has no problem with using the T-word in relation to attacks on British soil.
It uses the T word freely on its CoJo (College of Journalism) website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/journalism/search/index.shtml?scope=cojo&q=terrorism&x=8&y=4
Yet whenever terrorists strike at Israel they are always defined as "militants".
It's all part and parcel of the BBC mindset that conceals the true nature of Hamas and of the Muslim Brotherhood from readers, viewers, and listeners.
Do we really need to see the internal Balen Report to know its findings, or learn why Al Beeb is so hell-bent on refusing to release it for public scrutiny?
Still, the accountability that Al Beeb demands of News Corp and others should certainly apply to Al Beeb itself.
Moral pressure should be kept up, Lord Patten and the BBC Trust (which has taken to touting for submissions from the public since Patten became chairman) should be bombarded with requests, until the odious Corporation is shamed into letting us see what Malcom Balen had to say about its reportage of the Arab-Israeli conflict.