BBC Watch has written two in-depth articles about the Bowen report we featured here recently.
I was struck by the difference between the audio and written versions, but as BBC Watch shows, Jeremy Bowen’s visibly pro-Palestinian approach to all his reporting isn’t acceptable.
Hadar calls it ‘framing’. It’s the way he gives credence to those extremely imaginative allegations by Palestinian interviewees, enhanced by dramatic voice-overs or interpreted by himself. The BBC always promotes the theory that all Palestinian violence against Israel is an understandable manifestation of Palestinian frustration at not having a state. This is sheer agenda-driven ignorance.
Mark Regev speaking at Oxford
In response to a listener’s complaint about the same report, someone from the complaints department named Hugh Dignan has responded in the BBC’s customarily dismissive way.
The listener has reproduced the letter in full in a btl comment, including the name with which she had signed her complaint. Mrs Goldberg. I can’t help wondering if Mr Dignan is related to Richard Ingrams.
"I have developed a habit when confronted by letters to the editor in support of the Israeli government to look at the signature to see if the writer has a Jewish name. If so," he announced, "I tend not to read it."