The BBC's Charter and its Producers Guidelines state:
...'Due impartiality lies at the heart of the BBC. All programs and services should be open minded, fair and show a respect for truth? [BBC reports should] contain comprehensive, authoritative and impartial coverage of news and current affairs in the United Kingdom and throughout the world??
Which is more important - thousands of refugees trying to stay alive in difficult conditions while being attacked by fanatical Islamists, or a drug addict committing suicide?
The BBC seem to think that the latter is, if not more important, is at least more worthy of extensive reporting.
In the BBC News at Ten on 12th August more time was given to the suicide of Robin Williams, described as a comedian and actor with a history of problems with alcohol and drugs, than to the plight of refugees in northern Iraq. Granted the suicide item was the second item on the bulletin, after the one from Iraq, but it was longer, and the only trail given at the the end of the bulletin was for Newsnight covering the suicide.
Last Edit: Aug 13, 2014 19:15:11 GMT by Teddy Bear
If there is a point to the Today programme on Radio 4, it is that it should see the world in perspective. The American actor Robin Williams’s death, while tragic, was not as significant as what is happening in Iraq — a matter on which Parliament looks as if it will soon have to be recalled — and indeed Libya, Gaza and Ukraine.
A BBC spokesman says that only a dozen listeners complained. "Robin Williams was one of the world’s most well-known and well-loved actors and it was entirely appropriate that Today should feature prominently the overnight news of his death – a view clearly shared by The Daily Telegraph in its later editions," she added. "The programme also covered in depth a wide range of other stories, including the crises in Iraq, Gaza and Ukraine.”
True, The Daily Telegraph covered the story fully, but it did not lead on it.
You won't believe the depths the BBC have sunk as this story by Raheem Kassam at Breitbart demonstrates. Shows how the BBC themselves regard the mindset and actions of ISIS and the rest of these foul Islamists.
A new low for BBC 'journalism' came yesterday as Britain's public broadcaster tried to interview a known ISIS fighter on Twitter about the Robin Williams film Jumanji.
Setting aside that using the death of Robin Williams to try and open a channel with a jihadist is a new low for the organisation, it doesn't even look like the BBC producer got his scoop.
The account 'Mujahid4Life' on Twitter belongs to a British man who goes by the name of Abdullah, who often reports favourably about ISIS's wars in Iraq and Syria. He is thought to now be based in the region.
But the BBC had other designs on Abdullah following a tweet about the Robin Williams hit film. Producer Sam Judah tweeted at him: "Hello, would you be happy to speak to BBC News about Jumanji?"
Twitter users were equally as perplexed as I was:
Michelle Lewis @michelle0728 Follow @samjudah you so did NOT just ask an ISIS fighter about Robin Williams. A new low for journalism. 12:58 PM - 12 Aug 2014
Patrick Smith ✔ @psmith Follow @samjudah Do you really mean to ask these people about Jumanji, the Robin Williams film?
dsic @dsic Follow @samjudah @mujahid4life why not ask Abu Hamza about Hook? 12:32 PM - 12 Aug 2014
Even Abdullah and one of his friends were confused...
Abdullah @mujahid4life Follow @samjudah you guys must be kidding. 11:59 AM - 12 Aug 2014
jihad war tracker @jihadwartracker Follow @mujahid4life @samjudah Muj, this is getting ridiculous!! LOL 12:56 PM - 12 Aug 2014
Abdullah @mujahid4life Follow #PRT - what the heck, they want to get me on BBC to talk about a Robin Williams film. 12:00 PM - 12 Aug 2014
Though the Mujahid4Life account was initially flattering about Robin Williams, the Daily Mail notes that this swiftly turned to anger when Abdullah found out that Williams had mocked jihadists and their 72-virgins claim during a stand-up performance.
Abdullah wrote: "Those that say "RIP" to #RobinWilliams check out what he had to say about Islam...May Allah make him burn."
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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