[Not] Sorry, Not Interested



Something for you to ponder from Matt Friedmann without comment from me:

‘This group of intelligent and generally well-meaning professionals ceased to be reliable observers and became instead an amplifier for the propaganda of one of the most intolerant and aggressive forces on earth. And that, as they say, is the story.’


What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel

The news tells us less about Israel than about the people writing the news, a former AP reporter says.
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6 Responses to [Not] Sorry, Not Interested

  1. TPO says:

    I urge everyone to read the above.
    It’s not just AP who are guilty.
    A damning indictment of the international media and in particular, for me, Jeremy Bowen, Jon Donnison and Chris Gunness and overall, the BBC.


  2. deegee says:

    Journalists cross from places like the BBC to organizations like Oxfam and back. The current spokesman at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza, for example, is a former BBC man.

    The unofficial link between Al Jazeera and the BBC is well known but may have reached hiring saturtion. Could it be that with the fall in media jobs as newspapers struggle and online media has yet to generate anything like enough revenue the next option for BBC staff hoping to move on will be the NGOs?


  3. Palestinians are not Nazis, but Hamas are. Just saying


    • johnnythefish says:

      So Hamas are not Palestinians nor do they have the support of Palestinians? Is that what you are saying?


      • noggin says:

        now come come, girls … insert BBC moniker its
        “so called” Palestinians to you.
        Fits in well with BBC “so called” impartiality!

        more “honest” BBC reporting


  4. johnnythefish says:

    The link within Friedmann’s article to an extract from Clinton’s memoirs should be compulsory reading for every single BBC journalist:


    ‘Right before I left office, Arafat, in one of our last conversations, thanked me for all my efforts and told me what a great man I was. “Mr. Chairman,” I replied, “I am not a great man. I am a failure, and you have made me one.” I warned Arafat that he was single-handedly electing Sharon and that he would reap the whirlwind.

    In February 2001, Ariel Sharon would be elected prime minister in a landslide. The Israelis had decided that if Arafat wouldn’t take my offer he wouldn’t take anything, and that if they had no partner for peace, it was better to be led by the most aggressive, intransigent leader available. Sharon would take a hard line toward Arafat and would be supported in doing so by Ehud Barak and the United States. Nearly a year after I left office, Arafat said he was ready to negotiate on the basis of the parameters I had presented. Apparently, Arafat had thought the time to decide, five minutes to midnight, had finally come. His watch had been broken a long time.

    Arafat’s rejection of my proposal after Barak accepted it was an error of historic proportions. However, many Palestinians and Israelis are still committed to peace. Someday peace will come, and when it does, the final agreement will look a lot like the proposals that came out of Camp David and the six long months that followed. ‘

    They could then treat themselves to further doses of reality working backwards through history. Arab intransigence – in effect a stonewall refusal to negotiate because they have always believed that one day they could wipe Israel off the face of the map – is repeated so often it is amazing every single episode has managed to find its way into the gaping jaws of the BBC Memory Hole, without exception.

    ‘Everything faded into mist. The past was erased. The erasure was forgotten. The lie became the truth.’ (1984)