Sunday, 31 August 2014

Another fake photo from Jon Donnison

Jon Donnison just can't help himself. He's only gone and tweeted another fake photo today:
Alas someone was on hand to set him straight:
Still, at least that's a little light relief - and it is a lovely fake photo. (His previous mistakes on Twitter have been far more serious.)

Anyhow, at least it shows that he can take a few minutes break from bashing Hadar at BBC Watch.

Does anyone else wonder what his BBC bosses are making of all this unseemly squabbling by one of their most high-profile reporters? Shouldn't they be telling him to calm down, dear?


  1. So, is Donnison just gullible? Seems to be the pattern with these things.

    Also, why would being a solo operation automatically discredit BBC Watch, anyway? Hadar's response to Rachel Burden's admission that the only thing the BBC feels worth broadcasting is the pictures of dead children, along with the suggestion that Hadar wanted to censor those images, was poor. She should have reinforced her point that the BBC is censoring the images which would make Hamas look worse than Israel instead of sounding like she didn't want the BBC to broadcast, for example, from a morgue. Where are the pictures of weapons in schools, or special reports on what children are taught, or footage of rockets being launched from civilian locations? If anything, she only ended up proving Burdon's point. Of course the Paliwood mouthpiece was going to back up Burdon's assertion. Two against one.

  2. Having listened on the World Service to Lyse Doucet 'reporting' from Gaza during the latest war, I emailed WS chief Peter Horrocks a polite complaint. I pointed out that Doucet should not be pumping out Hamas propaganda with a BBC stamp on it.

    He, or his office, replied after a few days, claiming that Doucet's TV report had been balanced. I responded that my complaint was about her World Service broadcast and not about a TV report I hadn't seen. No further response.

    The amount of power these BBC top people have is truly impressive. They are not only free to impose their bias on a long-suffering UK public, obliged to pay for it on pain of imprisonment, but are also free to use the money leeched from that public to disseminate the bias worldwide, with zero accountability.

  3. Hi sue!

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      Try again - sorry

    2. Let's wait and see what his new job will be.

    3. Interesting timing, sue!

      I sent the complaint on July 23rd. Well, I suppose there is a tiny chance that he was so mortified by my complaint that he gave them notice of his resignation:

      Dear Mr. Horrocks,

      I write concerning a World Service report from northern Gaza by Lyse Doucet at around 4:15 GMT on Saturday, July 19th.

      Ms Doucet said that people were running in every possible direction to escape the fighting but failed to mention that, at the time, 40 000 had already sought shelter at UNRWA facilities. This is peculiar as she had contributed to a BBC News Website article on UNRWA refuge for Palestinians in Northern Gaza just the day before:

      She also failed to mention that the Israelis had urged residents, by means of dropped leaflets and texts, to leave the area.

      Ms Doucet quoted a woman who said, “They started shelling us, and when we moved to a neighbour’s house, they shelled us there.”

      Of course it is unclear who in fact shelled them as they could well have been caught in crossfire. But listeners are left with the impression that it must have been the Israelis. (And of course the intended slur here is that Israel deliberately targets civilians.)

      Ms Doucet made no comment on the false claim by another resident that, “There are no tunnels here; the Israelis want other countries to believe that to justify them.”

      Meanwhile the IDF had already found eight tunnels.

      Ms Doucet apparently attended the funeral of “twenty-two-year-old Ahmed,” and implied that he was a civilian, but he could well have been a Hamas member. How would anyone who relies on the BBC for news even know, given that the BBC is apparently under strict instructions not to report even a single Hamas fatality.

      Mr. Horrocks, there is an obvious difficulty in reporting objectively from inside Gaza, which is in the iron grip of Hamas - a terrorist organisation. But the World Service should not be presenting its audience with what amounts to a Hamas press release without even bothering to edit it at all or inform that audience of the restrictions on press freedom in Gaza.

      This happens frequently with World Service reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict, with writers appearing to compete with one another to see who can produce the most one-sided, anti-Israel piece. Ms Doucet is certainly ahead of the pack here.

      Unless some editorial control is exercised over these writers, the BBC’s reputation will continue to worsen and people will simply go elsewhere for balanced, trustworthy and comprehensive news - not only on the Israeli-Arab conflict but on any issue that has the BBC reporting in a biased fashion.



      Tel Aviv

    4. "Let's wait and see what his new job will be."

      He's probably in line to lead the entire motley crew.