Sunday 18 January 2015

Yet another completely irresponsible tweet from the BBC's Jon Donnison

I'd just like to comment on a thread at Biased BBC that concerns blog 'favourite', BBC Sydney correspondent Jon Donnison, as there a few points that need making...

...and, at the end of this post, we'll see another shocking example of Jon Donnison's irresponsible tweeting.


Alan's post notes that a BBC News website article, Israel-Palestinian 'war crimes' probed by the ICC, contains the following passage:
The Palestinians' starting point begins a day after the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, who were subsequently murdered, by Hamas militants in the West Bank on 12 June. Mohammed Abu Khdair's killers said they murdered the teenager in revenge for the murders of the three Israelis.
Jon Donnison, as you will doubtless remember, cast considerable doubt on that and has still refused to admit Hamas' responsibility.

Alan wonders why he hasn't linked to that article. 

The article in question comes in for considerable criticism in a 'below the line' comment. One point made here is that: 
The article refers to two particularly horrific crimes. (a) The kidnap and murder of three boys, by murderous kidnappers, and (b) the kidnap and murder of one boy by murderous kidnappers. One of these crimes (crime b) is personalised, by providing the name of the victim, twice, within two paragraphs. The other crime (crime a) is not personalised in this way.
This seems to me to be a fair and serious criticism - and it's one that many (both here and and Biased BBC and BBC Watch) have had to make before, given that it keeps happening. The offending passage from the BBC article runs as follows:
This covers events prior to and during last summer's conflict. The period includes the kidnapping and murder by Jewish extremists of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdair on 2 July, one of the events which fuelled an escalation of violence which led to the outbreak of the summer conflict.
The Palestinians' starting point begins a day after the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, who were subsequently murdered, by Hamas militants in the West Bank on 12 June. Mohammed Abu Khdair's killers said they murdered the teenager in revenge for the murders of the three Israelis. 
The Biased BBC commenter also criticises the article's use of language in describing one set of killers as "Jewish extremists" and the other set as "Hamas militants". 


Donnison must know his views on Israel have been under a great deal of attack. Now he is away in OZ – why doesn’t he STFU and concentrate on the job he is paid to do? Normal BBC arrogance?
And given that the BBC seems to have moved him there somewhat against his will, perhaps because of that reputation for bias he'd been building up and his run-ins with the Israeli government, why isn't the BBC taking him to task over the continuing 'reputational damage' his grossly biased tweeting is doing to them?

Jon Donnison replaced Nick Bryant in Australia. Whatever Nick's downsides (his regular pro-immigration bias, for example), at least he cared about Australia and enjoyed reporting about it, however frustrating he sometimes found its politicians. His blog was busy and interesting to read.

His replacement's mind, however, seems to be pretty much anywhere else other than Australia. He's gone from a place that means everything to him (Gaza) to somewhere that seems to mean next to nothing to him (Australia).

Australia deserves a BBC correspondent who cares about it. Bring back Nick Bryant!


Not quite sure where these "no go areas" in French cities are that Nigel Farage is talking about, but I think we can assume he's never been.— Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) January 14, 2015
French cultural centre in Gaza vandalised. Am told graffiti says "We'lldefend our prophet. Go to hell Charlie Hebdo"— Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) January 17, 2015
Moroccan man murdered in Southern France in Islamophobic attack.— Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) January 17, 2015 which may be added his latest offering:

The obsession continues.

(As - as a result - so does ours).


Finally, a commenter at Biased BBC notes that the story behind the "Moroccan man murdered in Southern France in Islamophobic attack" tweet by Jon Donnison appears to be a good deal more complicated than the BBC reporter asserts:
The Mail on Donnison’s islamophobic attacker:
The attacker, who has been charged with ‘murder, attempted murder and possession of drugs’, is reported to have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He has been committed to a psychiatric hospital.
The thing that struck me in clicking the link than Jon Donnison provided is that the article linked  to (from Global Post/AFP) is vastly more responsible in its reporting than the BBC man. It puts 'Islamophobia' in quotation marks and emphasizes that they are merely claims of Islamophobia:
Moroccan man murdered in 'Islamophobic' attack in France
A Moroccan man was stabbed to death in his own home in southern France in what a Muslim group called a "horrible Islamophobic" attack the week after France was rocked by the Charlie Hebdo killings.
"The Islamophobic aspect will be investigated when we interview this boy who claims to have heard voices," a spokesman added.
A source close to the investigation of the Beaucet murder said he did not think it was "a purely Islamophobic act," although he admitted that the events of the past week could have "stirred up fear and a rise in adrenaline". He said the alleged attacker was in an incoherent state when he was arrested near the scene.
Jon Donnison's tweet [Moroccan man murdered in Southern France in Islamophobic attack] ignores the quotations marks and simply asserts that this horrible murder was an Islamophobic attack - which, from the very start, as he should have known from reading the article he linked to, has very much been open to doubt.

So he's rushed out another completely irresponsible tweet then, pushing his own agenda.

When will the BBC take action?

1 comment:

  1. Israel - or Israelis - are never permitted to retaliate. Killing even one person in retaliation for three killed is disproportionate, because the BBC values lives according to who kills them. Ergo, Jewish lives have no value.

    Jon Donnison is an anti-Israel activist posing as a journalist. He'll be permitted to continue tweeting anti-Israel propaganda to his hearts content because of the "view my own" disclaimer. Until someone puts together a big enough collection of falsehoods and bias from him, and publishes it somewhere that gets attention and is not one of those "well, they would say that" sites, he will continue to spread poison.


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