Tuesday, March 23, 2010

MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

When a Thai kibbutz worker was killed in Israel by a rocket launched from Gaza last
week, BBC News online gave the incident headline coverage flagged up on its home
page. (BBC news online, ‘Rocket fire from Gaza kills man in southern Israel’, 23:42
GMT, Thursday, 18 March 2010
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8574138.stm)

By contrast, the killing of two Palestinian teenagers, Mohammad Qadus and Osaid
Qadus, by Israeli soldiers on Saturday was buried at the end of a short news report
on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's Middle East visit. Even worse, the BBC’s
footnote simply echoed Israeli propaganda that “no live bullets were fired, only
tear gas and rubber bullets”, despite ample evidence to the contrary. (BBC news
online, ‘UN chief says Gaza suffering under Israeli blockade’, 11:26 GMT, Sunday, 21
March 2010, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8578611.stm)