I’m aware that many of our readers are a lot less obsessed with the BBC’s anti-Israel bias than I am, but I wanted to post this video, which you don’t need to watch if you don’t fancy it.
The reason I chose to show it to you here is that I well remember introducing CifWatch's launch on the Biased-BBC site in the form of a Press Release back in August 2009.
Entering ‘CiFWatch’ into the B-BBC search facility brings up a considerable stash of pre-2012 material, written by me. I remember thinking, at the time (around 2008/9) that it was a good idea for me to join a general blog rather than a dedicated pro-Zionist one, knowing, (as any fule already nose) that pro-Zionist blogs and websites are no-go areas for the steadfast Israel-bashing brigade (whom I fondly hoped to influence) I actually imagined my critical take on the BBC’s anti-Israel reporting might ‘make a difference’. Embarrassingly naive, okay?
Recently the BBC’s left-wing bias has become (more or less) generally accepted, and there’s even some recognition that embedded within the heads and hearts of most of its staff is a default empathy with Israel’s detractors. I take no credit for any of that gradual sea change if that’s what it is. At all. I realise I am preaching to the converted and always was.
Interestingly, my original Press Release post attracted some flak from B-BBC purists who disapproved of advertising in all its forms and accused me of abusing my position. (Like, my privileged position of blogging on a controversial website constantly conscious of my responsibility to scrupulously fact-check for fear of shooting myself in the foot + scoring an own goal for “my cause” unpaid and in my own time.) I’m a lucky son-of-a-gun.
Anyway, I didn’t know Adam Levick from (any other) Adam back then, but now we know what he’s like we can decide whether or not we like the cut of his jib. A nautical term. I think he’s good. Take it or leave it.