Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Thursday 7 June 2012

The BBC Meets Its Waterloo, But Puts A Telescope To Its Blind Eye

In Britain, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations have proved a spectacular, spellbinding success,   not least for the Sky News channel, which, thanks in no small measure to the informative but never intrusive commentary of royal correspondent Alistair Bruce (he of the delightfully mellifluous tones and fund of knowledge historical, ceremonial, and military) outclassed the BBC''s in every way.

Much criticism has been voiced, and rightly so, of the BBC's wretched coverage of the Diamond Jubilee, which plumbed odious depths at times insulting both to the Queen and to the viewing public. True to its penchant for leftist causes, as reported here, it insisted on giving airtime, and far too much of it given the circumstances, to a rather marginal but publicity-seeking bunch of republican activists and their bitter-sounding leader (who was last year accorded the rare if not unique privilege – the late Stephen Sugar, who fought so hard but so vainly to force the BBC to release the Balen Report should have been so lucky – a guest blog on its College of Journalism website).

Among the many critics of the BBC's coverage is Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle (which devotes much of its current issue to the theme of Anglo-Jewry and the monarchy through the ages) , writing in the Daily Telegraph.

The BBC, once a watchword for accuracy and reliability, made gaffes of all kinds, as the Daily Mail notes.  Inter alia, these included such slapdash assertions as: the Queen's Coronation occurred in 1952 (the year was, of course, 1953), that Prince Philip is 92 (he is 90), and that the Duchess of Cambridge's headgear was made by the firm of hatters that made "Nelson's hat for Waterloo".

Inevitably, the BBC's heavies are defending their coverage.  Indeed, despite the slew of complaints they have received, some are defiantly proud of it.  These include Mark Damazer, now Master of St Peter's College,Oxford, but formerly deputy director of BBC News and then controller of BBC Radio 4:
"All that went wrong was a conscious attempt to make the whole event informal and inclusive and warm.
The BBC is worried and nervous about being seen as too formal and stiff."
The BBC needs to worry more about its reputation, now so badly dented as a result of its egregious dumbing down and political bias, its badly backfired attempt at times over the long Jubilee weekend to appeal to the lowest common denominator, and about its responsibility to lay accurate and impartial facts before the public.  Not least regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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