Jeremy Bowen’s Bias Revealed: Muslim Brotherhood "Conservative, Moderate and Non-Violent"

Yesterday, As I See It posted a comment in the open thread about how Lyse Doucet gave a report on Radio 5 in which she gently sanitized the Muslim Brotherhood ( I can’t find a link to it right now, but if someone points to it I’ll add it here).  At one point, she apparently slipped up and said that Salafists are “extremists….er…..let me say strict….”  Oops, nearly tanked the Narrative there.  In any case, I was reminded of a post I saw by Jeremy Bowen back in February, where he said that the Muslim Brotherhood are “conservative, moderate and non-violent”.

WTF? I said to myself.  How can  they be both?  By definition one cannot be the other.  Any group calling for Shariah Law cannot be moderate. Yet Bowen saw no problem saying it.  However, somebody had a problem with it, as he stealth-edited it out quickly.  I failed to take a screenshot at the time, assuming News Sniffer would catch it if anything happened, but when I went back the next day, “moderate” had been removed, and News Sniffer had nothing.  So I gave up on it.

Fortunately,  I’ve just remembered the Wayback Machine.  Within a minute, I found this:

Why would he say such a thing?  Somebody pointed it out to him, and he or an astute BBC News Online sub-editor sent it down the memory hole.  Wake me up when a Beeboid says the same thing about the Tea Party movement.

If anyone still had a modicum of trust in Bowen’s reporting, it’s surely shredded to pieces now.  He’s obviously partisan, and not thinking clearly.  Defenders of the indefensible may dismiss this simply because it’s 10 months old, but I fail to see how that makes any difference.  Bowen truly believed it, and clearly meant to sanitize the Muslim Brotherhood so the license fee payers wouldn’t get too worried about them.  He’s not, so why should you be?  I’m sure his superiors at the BBC know all about what he really thinks, and simply don’t care.  Some of them may even agree with him. It’s irresponsible, not to mention delusional.  I’d say it’s impossible to trust his reporting on Egypt any longer. 

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22 Responses to Jeremy Bowen’s Bias Revealed: Muslim Brotherhood "Conservative, Moderate and Non-Violent"

  1. john says:

    Any competent psychoanalyst would conclude that Bowen is the type of subject worthy of an exclusive conference.


    • noggin says:

      they are all as bad believe me,(all in it together?)
      i posted this yday morning.
      8.45 5live breakfast  
      N Campbell, is so biased so withering in every way, over the muslim bro, in egypt,    
       – so many differing factions in it ?????    
       – their idea of sharia???? will be much better    
       – he & t.blair “hoping” that things “could” get better with them holding sway.    
       – it will be “more democratic” with them in power????    
       – get more “liberal” over time etc etc    
      Prof D Ruben (author of 2 books on them), tells him straight    
      he keeps hearing all this talk, he doesn t recognise the fiction    
      this is a disciplined extremist islamist party.    
      heres the link  
      2hrs 44 in


      • noggin says:

        mind you…. as el beeb keep crowing, these
        “moderate” islamists……..”if their voted in, in a fair election…”  ah thats democracy 😀

        “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood ‘trying to rig poll with gifts’,”
        Evening Standard


  2. George R says:

    INBBC censors Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘The Project’.

    Bowen and INBBC deliberately conceal the truth about the nature of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political intentions.

    “The Muslim Brotherhood ‘Project'”

    by Patrick Poole (2006)


    “What makes The Project so different from the standard ‘Death of America! Death to Israel!’ and ‘Establish the global caliphate!’ Islamist rhetoric is that it represents a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the ‘cultural invasion’ of the West. Calling for the utilization of various tactics, ranging from immigration, infiltration, surveillance, propaganda, protest, deception, political legitimacy and terrorism, The Project has served for more than two decades as the Muslim Brotherhood ‘master plan’. As can be seen in a number of examples throughout Europe – including the political recognition of parallel Islamist government organizations in Sweden, the recent ‘cartoon’ jihad in Denmark, the Parisian car-burning intifada last November, and the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London – the plan outlined in The Project has been overwhelmingly successful.”

    And, of course, INBBC avoids:

    ‘Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report’:

    In its way, INBBC is acting like a political agent for the Muslim Brotherhood.


    • George R says:

      For Bowen, INBBC Cairo branch of Muslim Brotherhood:

      “Barry RUBIN: A History of the Muslim Brotherhood”

      (22 min video) . 



  3. Roland Deschain says:

    I’d say it’s impossible to trust his reporting on Egypt any longer.

    David, that implies that it’s been possible up to now.


  4. My Site (click to edit) says:

    Can I reccomend this book for anyone who wishes to discover how the Musim Brotherhood gave birth to Al Qaeda.


    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      P.S> Anyone know how I turn links in to highlighted words using Safari?


      • Biodegradable says:

        *Write or copy/paste the words into the coment box.

        *Select (highlight) those words.

        *Click the link button above the comment box.

        *Paste in the URL you wish to link to.

        *Click “Insert”.


    • NotaSheep says:

      Don’t be ridiculous, everone knows that the Americans created Al Quaeda and so deserve all that AQ does to them. The BBC told me this so it must be true.


  5. George R says:

    INBBC’s Muslim Brotherhood Cairo bureau manges to censor this today:

    Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood trying to influence voters by handing out gifts, food at polling stations, setting up tables to “show people how to vote”

    “This is nothing new. In the constitutional referendum held in March, the Muslim Brotherhood handed out food (including meat by the kilogram) and money to those who voted ‘yes’ in accordance with their wishes. “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood ‘trying to rig poll with gifts’,” from the Evening Standard, November 29 (thanks to The Religion of Peace)”


  6. My Site (click to edit) says:

    Looking at the thread above, maybe a ‘jobswap’ between Mr. Mason and Mr. Bowen is on the cards?

    Beyond ideology, they have no real qualification to do their respective editor functions, so there should be little discernable difference and, as they say, a change is as good as a rest.


  7. George R says:

    Although INBBC is so appeasing towards Islam: avoiding criticising or even using the words ‘Islamic jihad’ or ‘Sharia law’, where does INBBC end up? Being castigated by the Islamic Republics of Pakistan and of Iran anyway!  
    “Pakistan blocks BBC World News TV channel”  

    The British government should reciprocate by blocking any Pakistan-based satellite TV stations aimed at the Muslim Pakistani diaspora in Britain.  
    It’s a two-way street, Islamabad.  
    If Britain does not do this, Islamic interests will construe it as political weakness.  


  8. Teddy Bear says:

    Anyone reading the BBC’s own Profile of The Muslim Brotherhood would have to wonder how Bowen defines ‘moderate and non-violent’, let alone ‘conservative’. Here’s a few tidbits:
    one of their stated aims is to create a state ruled by Islamic law, or Sharia. 
    Banna created a paramilitary wing, the Special Apparatus, whose operatives joined the fight against British rule and engaged in a campaign of bombings and assassinations.
    …the group was accused of assassinating Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Nuqrashi.
    After a failed attempt to assassinate President Gamal Abdul Nasser in 1954,

    Qutb’s work advocated the use of jihad (struggle) against jahili (ignorant) societies, both Western and so-called Islamic ones, which he argued were in need of radical transformation. His writings – particularly the 1964 work Milestones – inspired the founders of many radical Islamist groups, including Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda.

    But apart from this kind of stuff, for Bowen they’re moderate and non-violent. Quite hard to see how they differ from Al-Qaeda in their objectives.


  9. Teddy Bear says:

    The BBC are still running an article with this headline

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood promotes moderate path
    Near the bottom of the article there’s these sentences:
    For Egypt’s eight million or so Christians, the Brotherhood’s call for Sharia law to be made the law of the state is particularly worrying.

    Attacks on Christians have been on the increase. On New Year’s Eve, 21 people were killed in a suicide bombing outside a church in Alexandria.

    They interview a Christian woman, and also name her, so she had only good things to say about what was going on in Egypt.


  10. George R says:

    BOWEN, INBBC Muslim Brotherhood branch, CAIRO, censors any bad news for Christian minority caused by Muslims:

    Egypt: Christians fear fewer rights after elections


    • George R says:

      In contrast, BBC-NUJ’s Ms Rainsford wrote a piece on Spain a couple of days ago, about the ‘fears’ of homosexuals, bisexuals and pro-abortionists now that a ‘centre right’ political party is in office.


  11. noggin says:

     “wonderful” islamic spring-(board) update  
    hmmm..   mubarak and islam the only two things they know   
    “two chances slim and none, and slims outta town”  
    after plying people with gifts……..showing them where to put the tick  
    ferrying them to the poll etc etc…..  
    surprise surprise  
    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood takes early vote lead   
    The Independent  
    Islamic Spring… Muslim Brotherhood Takes Lead in Egyptian…/islamic-spring-muslim-brotherhood
    how long before judenrein?,
    what time is it now
    the copts????
    what could go wrong? 😀


  12. George R says:

    And another case of INBBC’s enforced misleading description as ‘moderate’, is the ruling Islamic party in MOROCCO.

    Compare these two reports;

    1.) refers to important role of MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD;

    “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Victory of the Islamist Justice and Development Party in Morocco”

    [First sentence]:-

    “The Justice and Development Party (Hizb Al-Adala Wa At-tanmia), which is identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, has won the elections in Morocco held on 26 November 2011.”


    INBBC report (with Muslim Brotherhood censored out):

    “Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane named Morocco PM”