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Post by ascendinglark on Sept 26, 2007 14:10:25 GMT
Bush, the president of the most powerful country in the world, made a speech at the UN yesterday and I'm having trouble finding any mention of it on the BBC news website. Can someone help? Maybe I just missed it. I can find their report on the president of Iran's speech no trouble. Do I need glasses?
Where indeed? Well spotted AL, there is sparse coverage of anything Bush said, and nothing in relation to the Iran Ah-mad-man.
I find on their video news coverage of this event they give most time to mad-man, a short rebuttal from Sarkozy, and a longer time for Ortega, the Nicaraguan president in support of Iran's nuclear ambitions.
On their webpage of Key Quotes: UN General Assembly they quote Mad-man; Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary, the extract of which comprises "blah blah blah Darfur"; Bush's extract mentions the Palestinians and Darfur, nothing of Iran; French President Sarkozy who does address Iran's nuclear ambitions; the Brazilian president whose point I can only guess at, as it's not clear from the extract; and Nicaragua's Ortega in support of Iran.
This is what the BBC offer as their coverage of World leaders are taking to the podium in New York to have their say on issues of international significance at the annual United Nations General Assembly. Each leader has 15 minutes and speeches are watched closely for evidence of shifts in policy. Below is a selection of key quotes from speeches.
'Key Quotes'??? World Leaders??? If this was a school newspaper covering this event it would be laughed at for its lack of substance, absence of WORLD LEADERS, and poor presentation. For the media organisation that wants to lead the world.....
In any case, they give two to one arguments in favour of Iran's nuclear ambitions, the usual idea of 'balance' for the BBC.
Post by ascendinglark on Sept 26, 2007 23:17:02 GMT
Another case of outright BAD JOURNALISM. You're right, if the BBC were editing a school newspaper they'd be seen as "cute kids doing their best". The fact that they purport to be the best news outlet in the world is simply stunning.
At present, the BBC is only answerable to itself in deciding its standards and coverage. How does it measure up to what you consider good quality, and impartial and unbiased reporting as required by its charter? All TV viewers in the UK are forced by law to pay for this 'service'. Do you believe that what is received truly 'serves' the society, - or merely increases the problems within it?
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