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ABC asks Israel if it behaved and it says yes

How’s this for news judgment and shoddy “journalism”?

Israel kills up to 20 people near Gaza and Australia’s leading evening current affairs program reports the story, then features an Israeli government spokesman, Mark Regev, for 10 minutes explaining the “official” position.

Any thought given to actually speaking to somebody other than the ones who killed the people?

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  • SBS news was just as bad, I switched off in disgust.

  • ej

    Serendipitously, on Australian Story last night re the experience of Major Matina Jewell ('The Blue Beret') in the UN unit in Lebanon, mourning for her colleagues who had been obliterated by deliberate Israeli bombing.

    The same Mark Regev was playing his flunkey role claiming the bombing as accidental.

    Let him rot in hell.

  • Marcus Phelan

    7.30 Report had another Israeli Govt spokesflunkey (Regev must be on an exclusive retainer for Lateline). At least KO"B picked him up on his "useful idiots" description of the activists. As with Lateline, I switched off in disgust when no contrary opinion was allowed. Impartial ABC? Joke.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Why does the ABC only censor the Palestinian narrative until an opposing position is available for broadcast, but not vice versa?

     

    http://antonyloewenstein.com/2010/05/29/a-middle-

  • This thread hits the nail on the head.

    Last night, both the 7.30 report AND Lateline ran interviews with only one side of the date: the Israeli Government.

    Can anyone seriously imagine the ABC ever doing the opposite (ie only interviewing Palestinian/Arab/Moslem/anti-Zionist spokespeople and denying the Israeli Government a voice, twice in the same evening!)

    I did a search of the ABC website an hour or so before the tragic news of the attack on the peace flotilla filtered through. At that time, the ONLY references I could see on the site when searching for terms such as "gaza  flotilla" were comments by the public on articles that did not, of themselves, contain a reference to that story.

    The same applied on the Crikey website – and the same applied in both cases (ABC and Crikey) when I did a search on the term 'USS Liberty'

    This is outrageous bias. The public are clearly aware of these crucial stories and their significance – and can see a major event coming. But Australia's paid journalists and their editors bring shame on their profession by their disorted and self-censored output.

    If journalists are under orders to distort coverage, they should seek action through their unions orresign. I have no sympathy for the cowardly argument that they self censor because of their careers, families etc. It's an argument that cuts no ice in a profession that's supposed to be about establishing and presenting the truth.

    The Zionist Lobby has long maintained its grip over institutions such as the Australian media by stealth. Even to raise the issue of Zionist media bias five years ago was to invite ridicule and /or claims of 'anti-Semitism'. Now the ground has shifted and it's time for a full-scale political attack on Zionist bias in our media.

  • joe

    Ashamedly, Mark Regev is Australian

  • Mallee

    Syd,

    I take it you had a peak at the link provided by iResist…. and my comment there.

    As for Crikey, I woke up after one years subscription about 5 years ago and just ignore their pleas  for me to re-subscribe. I do not even visit them, they are not credible.

    As for the lies of the ABC; it calls itself ,'your' ABC. Complete BS, it is not 'ours' at all, yet we pay for the slackards and misinformation trolls.

    Of course a search, as to owns the limited number of 'non-news'  outlets, of  a few  sites will tell you who does. Even Wikipeadia [search Wiki… 'concentration of media ownership' ] will refer you, so far as Australia is concerned, to a 2004 article by 'Reporters without Borders ' stating that we were 41st position on a list of countries ranked by Press Freedom; well behind NZ at 9th and the UK at 28th. My bet is that it has become far lower in the rankings since 2004.

    The simple test of a media's credibility is simple; will they deal honestly with the questions and scientific findings on the blowing up of the towers and building No 7? If not, they are just not credible and are providing aid and comfort for the protection of the real mass murderers behind 9/11. That is what 'OUR' ABC and 'our' government is plainly doing, as frightening and dispicable as it may seem. (just start at architects and engineers for 9/11 truth.or where there are 10,000 supporting the petition for a new investigation that 'OUR' ABC tries to hide.)

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    I agree with Syd Walker when he says:

    "The Zionist Lobby has long maintained its grip over institutions such as the Australian media by stealth. Even to raise the issue of Zionist media bias five years ago was to invite ridicule and /or claims of ‘anti-Semitism’. Now the ground has shifted and it’s time for a full-scale political attack on Zionist bias in our media".

    Syd, I believe it's also time for a serious look at why both major political parties kiss the Aussie Jewish mafia's arses. I believe I know exactly why.

    I'm ready if anyone wants to go with Syd's suggestion. 

    PS: I'm a former ABC News reporter/producer & Seven Business reporter/producer, currently owrking as an industry lobbyist

  • Don

    Kevin :

    Cant help you & Sid , but  what a good-sounding idea that is . Hope it has not reached its peak as a topic of talk , only to fizzle without graduating into the world of action  .

    I can make coffee , but no advice from me .

    Is there anymore to this idea ?