I haven't spoken to any Spams, or indeed Israelis about the BBC. Ten seconds of Orla Guerlin usually sets the tone. I am neither pro Israel nor pro Palestine, nor indeed are the people in my circle. We just have the general feeling that the BBC is generally very Islington Dinner Perty in its views.
On the matter of the BBC being independant, at the beginning they hardly reported Prescotts little problem (apparently his daughter in law is a producer or something for them,) and yesterday lunchtime when C5,C4 and ITN led with stories about Clarke and Prescott the BBC led with their big scoop - interviewing a faded rock star who can't keep his hands off children.
I am a news junky and watch most of the news reports through the day, and the BBC news does make me wonder sometimes.
There's no such thing as a pro-Israel 'bias'. But that's just my view. Israel is the one civilisation in the Middle East amongst a rash of medieval fiefdoms with more money and guns than good sense.
There is a deep prejudice towards the Palestinian position at the BBC, though. There always has been.
The BBC is anything but Pro-Israeli! The BBC having once we are told led the world in both radio and television, with fact and fiction now simply relys on utter bollocks and bleeding heart liberal crap.
The BBC constantly demands an increase in the License Fee, reason given is the cost of switching to digital broadcasting. The real reason is the insanely large salaries paid to relatively poor presenters and production teams â It is criminal and numerous governments are to blame. Re-vamping old worn out formats does not cost significant amounts of money. Living up at the British publicâs expense does cost significant amounts of money. Look at the various Ministers and MPs friends and former employers if they are not lawyers raking it in due to Human Rights Cases they are BBC staff. Even I with a completely bugger sense of smell can sense the rat here!!
The BBC position is most eloquently illustrated by the fact that Orla Goering was almost in tears over the funeral of that murdering, thieving, bar steward Arafat. Enough said.
And another one from a while back: the following sequence of events occurs:
1. Palestinian mortar crew set up in a populated area.
2. Said mortar crew then proceed to shell Israeli farms.
3. Israeli farmers call in the IDF.
4. IDF tanks then fire on mortar crew, killing 2 of them (IIRC).
The BBC report read something like this: " Israeli tanks fired on the West Bank killing two Palestinian youths". No mention of the mortar crew, or the fact that they were firing on Israeli farms. QED.