BBC Newsdesk and Planning editor Neil Henderson is getting it in the neck for mentioning the Corbyn/Netanyahu Twitter-storm in a newspaper roundup. Corbyn's supporters think the Daily Mail should be ignored altogether by the BBC.
BBC? Did you apply to an institution that then aspired to be Pravda? Or was that why you joined up?— (((Brian Capaloff))) #FBPE (@cocteau8) August 13, 2018
*****I’m no fan of ‘no-platforming as a strategy, but how in God’s name did the BBC see fit to wheel in loudmouth Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, notorious ‘asaJew’, agitator, and representative of next to no-one, to speak for comrade Corbyn in the absence of any proper Labour Party spokespersons. One assumes they were all, understandably, stumped for words.
I have to say that the newly elected president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, sounds like a very nice person but she is a hopeless speaker.
Does Jeremy Corbyn know anything about Islam, or about history? His academic credentials are zilch and the reflexive way he resorts to making vague sweeping generalisations when confronted smacks of panic. His response to the latest revelation - you could see the cogs starting to grind into action - was to turn on the familiar eye-bulging outrage and then bluster unconvincingly about “peace”. The history of the Middle East with a visceral loathing of Israel is Seumas Milne's area of expertise.
Israeli PM @Netanyahu's claims about my actions and words are false.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 13, 2018
What deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children.https://t.co/H5nXqi3pnU
Today Programme at just after 6:30 am. I won’t transcribe the whole lot, but Martha Kearney introduces the item, bringing in “Our political correspondent Jonathan Blake………” who uses fistfuls of value-judgment-laden phrases from the get-go.
“…………..Which the Mail claims shows Mr Corbyn taking part in the laying of a wreath………”
A claim? The photograph clearly shows Corbyn holding the wretched wreath. He. was. present. holding. a. wreath.
“….but yesterday as you say Benjamin Netanyahu waded in to this row, tweeting that……”
Why use the term ‘waded in?” when the offending incident directly concerned a gross insult to his country, unlike some other foreign interventions we’re always hearing about.
“………So quite an extraordinary intervention by a foreign leader in what is really a UK political row but Mr Corbyn’s…”
Jonathan Blake’s terminology elevates the status of Netanyahu’s barely controversial remarks to ‘an extraordinary intervention” and immediately diminishes the entire business of politicised antisemitism to “a UK political row”.
If that’s impartial I’m another Dutchman.
“………Mr McDonnell has ridden to the defence of Jeremy Corbyn saying that he has devoted his life to promoting justice, sometimes that means meeting people who haven’t shared those ideals, and calling Mr Netanyahu’s intervention ‘feeding the media frenzy’ and said that it should be a line in the sand and that ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to this row and he’s probably not the only one thinking that.
An extraordinary personal observation by a BBC spokesperson. BBC groupthink. Obnoxious and increasingly obvious.