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BBC interviews Diana Buttu on Obama 04.05.11

In order to understand the meaning of Obama's speech from a Palestinian perspective, the BBC turns to Diana Buttu (who's lack of professionalism and pervasive misinformation we have chronicled here before). See if you can identify every misrerpresentation which, typically, the BBC interviewer is either too ignorant or to timid to challenge. Please leave comments.



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BBC covers glimmerings of "Arab Spring" in Ramallah, 17.02.11

The problem of elections in arriving at Palestinian unity. You'd have no idea that such a demonstration, by urging the unification with Hamas (despite their resistance to holding elections in Gaza) represents an anti-democratic move. If Facebook inspires it, it must be democratic, no? 


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BBC's Amanpour speaks with Barak about Egypt after Mubarak, 13.02.11

Christiane Amanpour discusses the Egypt after Mubarak with Ehud Barak, Israel's Defense Minister. Amanpour is priceless as she reports that the Muslim Brotherhood has written an op-ed in the NYT. Barak is trying hard not to sound alarmist, and as a result, even though his worst case scenario is most likely, he leaves Amanpour and the other liberal cognitive egocentrists in the audience with the option of thinking that the MB believes what it says in English in the NYT and the revolution will be good for democracy.


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BBC interviews Adel Darwish on Egypt and Israel 12.02.11

There's something disconcerting about listening to someone say with a quiet tone of assurance things that he must know are not true, but he wants us to believe. No anti-Israeli slogans or banners in Tahrir square. The reporter is completely ignorant. Ah, if the BBC journalists read PJ Media before doing their interviews...! 


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BBC Dateline on Al Jazeera Leaks, 29.01.11

Dateline speaks with Middle East Experts and for once in a rare time, has someone to present the Israeli side. Abdel Bari Atwan from al Quds al Arabiya (a regular on the show), presents the Israelis as the intransigent ones; Polly Toynbee from the Guardian does the same. Jonathan Sacerdoti of the Zionist Federation of UK points out the flaws in their 'narratives' and elicits a remarkable outburst of hardline ideology from Atwan. The commentator's mask dropped in the face of challenge, and the propagandist revealed.



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CNN does the Palestinian Leaks 26.01.11

John Vause covers the Al Jazeera PP Leaks from Atlanta. He focuses on the issue of the "right of return" of the Palestinian refugees, numbering some 5 million. He skypes Akiva Eldar to get the Israeli reaction to the document leaks.  This piece has so many things wrong with it, it could be entitled "TV Journalism 101: How not to do it." Or, "How many mistakes can you find in this one piece of under seven minutes?" Or, "How does our news media manage to be so smart and competent and still get it upside down?" I plan a piece for the VEA on that last theme, dissecting this "story" which I consider emblematic (a thick description) of the Augean Stables. I welcome comment here. Links to good articles very welcome.



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BBC's Donnison interviews Saeb Erekat, 24.01.11

Jon Donnison asks Saeb Erekat "whether these leaks are a disaster for the Palestinian leadership. Donnison, "So they are true?" Erakat, "no... these are not official documents (he said at the beginning "a pack of lies") these are notes that are taken; some are true some are half true & some are total creations fantasy. Q: the Palestinian position is really weak you are asking for things and just not getting them what are you going to do to rectify that perception? Donnison is committed to getting Erekat to admit they're true. Donnison, "the Palestinian position is really weak..."



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Donnison covers Refugee issue in al Jazeera Leaks, 24.01.11

Al Jazeera documents, Jonathan Charles, anchor, interviews Jon Donnison live from the West Bank. The latest revelation is that the PA leadership agreed to back down on the right of return limiting to only 10,000, out of estimated 5 million [sic!] for many Palestinians the right of return is a non negotiable principle (nothing on the Israeli concerns about the refugees as a recipe for Israel's destruction).



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BBC's Jeremy Bowens does his bit on al Jazeera Leaks, 24.03.11

Al Jazeera documents, Jeremy Bowens presents. Israelis often say they don't have a partner for peace but the leaks suggest the Palestinians have tried much harder than Israel to make a peace deal. After 44 years of occupation some Palestinians will see any offer of compromise on big issues like settlements as another humiliating sign of weakness. More pandering to the worst honor-shame dynamics in the Palestinian camp, more water-carrying for Hamas.



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BBC interviews M. Barghouti on al Jazeera Leaks, 24.01.11

Al Jazeera documents Zeinab Badawi interviews Mustafa Barghouti. Admitting that he has not read the documents, conclude based on what he's heard. "Even if one third is true it is proof that whatever Palestinians do, how much flexibility they show and how much concessions they make it will never be enough for the Israelis. There is no hope for negotiations the Israelis don't want a compromise; either we get our freedom thru a two state solution or a one state solution.



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BBC interviews Fatah spokesman on al Jazeera Leaks, 24.03.11

Al Jazeera documents live interview with Husam Zumlot Fatah. An ideologue who gets to carry on with the irredentist Palestinian line and gets on opposition. The only interruption is to end the interview.



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BBC interviews PA Representative on al Jazeera Leaks, 24.01.11

Al Jazeera documents interview with Prof. Manuel Hassassian PA rep to UK. She attacks him regarding the concessions. "So far the Israelis have refused to comment – we will keep trying." Interviewer Mishal Husain, from BBC Impact Asia, is every bit as indignant at Israel as her interviewee. Again, no space between reporter and advocacy. And what advocacy! Hamas could not be more pleased.



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BBC interviews Jeremy Bowen on al Jazeera Leaks, 24.01.11

Al Jazeera documents George Alagiah interviews Jeremy Bowen. Q: "Is this more about Palestinian weakness or Israeli intransigence?" A: "Both." The street sees it as their negotiators were selling out to the Israelis; Q: if this wasn't enough for the Israelis what is the point of talking anymore? It shows to the Israelis that not having a partner isn't true; it looks as if the Israelis are not trying very hard at the negotiations; it shows that the Americans are not even handed. Again BBC claims the Israelis are not commenting at all. Alagiah and Bowen are basically pushing the same line. Professional journalism is absent.



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BBC interviews Falk on al Jazeera Leaks, 24.01.11

Wyre Davies reports. BBC line is basically the hardline Palestinian position - any concessions on settlements is a sign of Israeli intransigence and Palestinian weakness. Live interview with Richard Falk UN special Rapporteur on Palestinian Territories. "The Israelis are not interested in a fair compromise and feel no pressure to relent from pursuing a maximalist view of what a desirable solution would be." Davies, "as far as we know it, the Israelis are making no concessions." Falk, "exactly."



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BBC, Al Jazeera Leaks from Palestinian side, again. 24.03.11

Al Jazeera documents again presented entirely from the Palestinian side. A rapid comment on how Israeli officials declined to comment. Any efforts to get the people who actually negotiated, like Olmert or Livny (neither in the govt. right now)? Palestinian leadership under increasing pressure to explain the content of leaked documents which suggest they went way beyond its public statement in order to reach a settlement with Israel. The papers show the negotiators were willing to sacrifice "significant" areas of Jerusalem and severely limit the right of return, Humphrey Hawksley. Live interview with Mustafa Barghouti: regardless of concessions the Israelis don’t want 2 state solution.



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BBC Jon Donnison on the Palestinian Al Jazeera Leaks, 24.01.11

Palestinians have rejected as a pack of lies the leaked documents which appear to show their leaders were ready to make major territorial concessions to Israel. Jon Donnison reports that his Palestinian friends (presented as "ordinary Palestinians) were upset by the offer and even more by the rejection of the offer by Israel and the US, making the Palestinian leadership look foolish. Again, the BBC presents the hardline Palestinian position as a justified baseline.



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BBC on Al Jazeera Leeks 23.01.11

Al Jazeera documents. Adnan Nawaz interviews Wyre Davies live from Jerusalem. The spin: the Palestinians made unprecedented concessions and "they got nothing in return." Leaks discredit Palestinian leadership for saying one thing to their people & another to the Israelis; ; "there will be more embarrassing revelations for the PA; the PA seems to concede many of the settlements in E Jerusalem. Both the BBC narrative and the analysis articulate the irredentist Palestinian view.



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BBC covers al Jazeera Leaks, 23.01.11

Al Jazeera documents show that there have been unprecedented Palestinian concessions offered by the Palestinians to the Israelis, Wyre Davies: "the Palestinians got nothing in return."



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Adnan Nawaz interviews Guardian's Ian Black 23.01.11

Al Jazeera documents: Adnan Nawaz reveals his agenda in an interview the Guardian's Ian Black. Black is quite informative and dispassionate, granting that the concessions that the Palestinians made in 2008 were already understood as part of any viable deal back in 2000. Nawaz is not happy with this and  pushes his line about how these leaks were "hugely embarrassing to the Palestinian Authority: giving up on everything..." When BBC's anchor is more partisan the the Guardian, you know the MSNM is in trouble.



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NBBC Interviews Tel Aviv U's Shain on Turkl Commission 23.01.11 

Two aggressive questions from the BBC interviewer to which the good professor responds vigorously if not very substantively. The second question: how can you defend the blockade? - changes the subject rather than exploring what the commission found. Even a question about Zoabi, whose interview, filled with unchallenged assertions, the same BBC had run five hours earlier, would have been more appropriate.



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