Thanks to the BBC’s wonderful new policy of NOT linking the various items it runs on the Today programme (Well, you never know who might be listening), you will need to go to listen again and tune in to the 7.33am spot to hear an outrageously biased Humphrys interview involving Baroness Tonge and Conservative MP Robert Halfon. Tonge’s notorious views on Israel are a matter of record and yet Humphrys was easy on her and tough on Halfon. It amazes me the gentle ride that Tonge gets – it’s as IF her views resonate within the corridors of Broadcasting House. Surely not
TONGE IN MOUTH
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Thanks to my not listening to the Today programme any more, for the sake of my blood pressure, I missed this but will Listen Again later. The thought that strikes me is ‘if only there was a report into the BBC’s coverage of Israel that would let us know that whether the BBC was biased’ – if only………
The Balen report, commisioned about five years ago, by the BBC to investigate it’s own bias regarding reporting of the Middle East was prevented from being published for public debate by the BBC at the cost of several hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax payers money.
The Courts eventually ruled that the BBC was acting illegally, but with more money the BBC again managed to wiggle out of their culpability!
I listened to it here:
One of the nastiest lies that Tonge comes out with is to claim that at its birth, Israel, instead of cooperating with the “Palestinians” and sharing with them tried to eliminate them.
She obviously hasn’t read The Declaration of Establishment of the State of Israel:
WE APPEAL – in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months – to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.
WE EXTEND our hand to all neighbouring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.
We know how the Arabs responded to that…
Yes, the Arabs opposed a two-state solution – hence the 1948 war of independence…
This online article about it is equally weighted between the charges against Tongue and her defense. Except for the fact that the BBC decided not to provide the context out of which Tongue claimed her remarks were taken. Curious.
There’s a difference between criticizing Israel and declaring it shouldn’t exist. What happened to the two-state solution, BBC? Curtain lifting ever so slightly?
The “Liberal Friends of Palestine” said she is due an apology from the leadership. Craziness is obviously catching in the anti-Zionist camp.
Jenny Tonge is the hideous gargolye on the Beeb flotilla of peace and nice things…the one that stays in dry dock but exhorts the lower orders to set sail for Israel…as opposed to where they`re actually needed, like Syria…but the BBC/Labour wouldn`t dare risk a cameraman ond prefectly good recording facilities on Assads willingness to negotiate…must be that Arab culture to respect…and the Jews made him do it guv!
Tonge, Harries and Huhne…any Tory party who wanted the Liberals consigned to the wheelie-bin of history need only quote any of them…and Tonges “Jewish Conspiracy” stuff is pure Julius Streicher.
Mad, bad and dangerous…give her that lifejacket with semtex as she says she`d like…and send her towards the Eastern Med pronto, now she`s not got the Lords to bother with…Tonge is the fat self-satisfied face of the liberal elite…falafels, keffayahs, but would no more set sail to Syria than trample on the face of a Jewish refugeee..oh wait, that is the ONLY thing they can do…
Prescott AND her in the Lords…our bloodbath runneth over if we don`t lose these leeches…
And if you want to know what a politico sounds like…listen to her explaining why she not only sat with Hamas(but that name never came up), but clapped him in an oh-so English way at the end.
Rather like Nancy Mitford at Hitlers fruhstucke…
A Jewish man was riding on the subway reading an Arab newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be riding in the same subway car, noticed this strange phenomenon. Very upset, he approached the newspaper reader:
“Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading an Arab newspaper?” Moshe replied: “I used to read the Jewish newspaper, but what did I find? Jews being persecuted, Israel being attacked, Jews disappearing through
assimilation and intermarriage, Jews living in poverty. So I switched to the Arab newspaper. Now, what do I find? Jews own all the banks, Jews control the media, Jews are all rich and powerful, Jews rule the world. The news is so much better… ”