BBC Biased Too
Not only Swedish media is criticized for its anti-Israeli bias. The BBC Trust has criticized the news corporation’s Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, for not having lived up to the BBC standards of impartiality and acuracy. The Trust said that Bowen had been in breach of the BBC standards when claiming that Zionism is expansionist, that Israel defies all understanding of international law except its own, and that the US views Har Homa in Jerusalem as an illegal settlement.
The decision of the BBC Trust met with criticism from BBC reporters. Interestingly enough, however, they didn’t comment on the findings of the Trust, but rather thought that this kind of public criticism would undermine the public’s trust in the BBC. All according to this report in the Independent.
It might also be of interest to note a small detail in the article from the Independent. Adel Darwish, the political editor of The Middle East Magazine Group, is asked to comment on the results of the BBC Trust inquiry. His conclusion is:
“He [Bowen] will be falsely applauded by the left-wing organisations, the Arabs and the anti-American groups. But on the other hand he will be seen as a villain by the pro-Israeli lobby who have a view that the BBC is biased against them.”
I suppose it could be a coincidence, but why are the anti-Americans called groups, but the pro-Israelis a lobby?