The radical left wing paper 'Liberation', founded by Jean Paul Sartre is finally set to close after a tricky few years keeping its head above water. Im not so certain this offers an encouraging sign of any changes afoot on the French political scene, though the papers appeal was largely ‘to aging leftists’ according to wikipedia - probably skewed unfavourably for any long term future! Editor Pierre Haski, suggested that
"The era of printed journalism is coming to an end," "The newspaper that people hold in their hands is becoming a luxury item. The social debate no longer takes place on its pages, but on its Internet sites."
Interesting point that he makes. Id go along with that regards social debate. Though im not at all convinced print media is on its way out. It was a planned downsizing proposal to keep Liberation alive, opposed by a total worker strike that appears to have finished it off. (How French).
But do newspapers really ever properly reflect ‘social debate’? Political bias has been a feature of the mass printed media since its birth. Social debate has never been stronger, neither has the media ever been held so much to account, than on the internet where at the very least viewpoints are challenged and debated by all (solitary psychopaths aside).
Incidentally, Liberation was the first newspaper to have (and possibly then not properly use) a website!
Did anyone catch Channel 5 'Dont Get Me Started', the other night? David Aaronovitch: No Excuses For Terror.
"Who is really responsible for the suicide bombers that target us? Is it the fault of George Bush or Tony Blair? Are we all somehow to blame? David Aaronovitch, journalist and commentator, has had enough of this argument. He asks how we've got to the point where British Socialists support Islamofascist Terrorism. Aaronovitch explains where the left have gone wrong on Israel, Palestine, the War in Iraq and the War on Terror".
I missed most of the Iraq war commentary to be honest. I picked up where they examined the recent Israeli Lebanon conflict. It is however now all now available on YouTube. In 4 parts.
In the section i saw it examined the skewed journalism which sought to perpetually slam - 'outright condemn' Israel for disproportionate use of force and 'dismissal' of civilian lives. Israel it countered had 'at least attempted to distinguish fighters from civilians' whilst Hitzbollah 'lobbed missiles from behind schools and hospitals'. Aaarnovich concludes, 'its the big bad zionists against good muslims theory'. Referring to the recent pro Hitzbo rallies at which he was appauled : 'They think hitzbo', an anti semitic terrrorist outfit, are a 'sort of muslim freedom fighters sans frontieres'.
Other clips included Ken with his welcome mat out and of course George Galloway. There were some very poignant observations from an Iraqi Trade Unionist -Abdullah Musshin- and from Rev Julie Nicholson, the mother of a July 7 victim, who you will recall, resigned her position in the Church earlier this year.
Some soundbites: Elements of left wing are siding with fascists, their thought process 'degenerate and ignorant'. Hitzbollah and its 'cause' represent an apologists 'indignant fantasy' and the apologists are the 'sewage of the fringes of the far right and far left..'.
Interesting stuff in view of the ongoing discussions here on ATW. For me at least, a long overdue bit of thundering -prime time- realism on the issue of how elements of the left have jumped into bed with islamic terrorists.
I have listened to quite a few of the radio programmes. It's hard not to. Auntie plugs the series at almost every opportunity no matter which of her national radio broadcasters you happen to be listening to. Yes, I'm talking about 'Uncovering Iran', currently featuring on BBC Radio 4.
This programme is Auntie at her dhimmified best. Iran is portrayed as a relaxed, eminently reasonable society where people can recline on the beach in the morning before driving up into the mountains to shoot wildlife. A sort of San Luis Obispo with mosques. Lurking in the background, according to the partisan Muslim-besotted lickspittles of Radio 4, is the constant threat of America behind every proverbial corner.
Moving on past Auntie's undeniable cobblers, we see a country with a repressive theocracy - where religions other than Islam face constant government harassment, institutionalised job discrimination (for example, non-Muslims cannot hold senior positions over Muslims in the army, police or in government); appalling second-class treatment for women. It is even a country where people found to be playing American pop records could face 6 months imprisonment. Until comparatively recently, young children were snatched off the street by the army to be conscripted into the various conflicts Iran has been engaged in. Oh yes, the Islamic Republic is really a country those of us in the West would take a positive interest in. Well, according to the Lefties at Auntie we would.
Do you think Radio 4 could ever put the United States in a similar spotlight? Unlikely!
Is there a greater propagandist for Islamic terrorists? Her relentless anti-Israeli bias has been neatly exposed previously, most notably here. But now it seems that our Orla has been CAUGHT OUT again lying about the "complete destruction" of the Hezbollah hang out of Bint Jbeil over on Drinking From Home. Check out the commentary at the link FIRST and then listen to her outrageous propaganda. She is plainly denying the evidence of her own eyes as she tries to blacken those pesky Jews. The BBC should sack her - she's a disgrace.
I'm just on my way out for a rather nice meal in sun-drenched Belfast, but I made the fatal error of tuning into BBC Radio 4 first and caught the initial exchanges of "Any Questions." Grrrrrr.
John Pilger was one of the panel and, as we all know, he is a mega moonbat. He seemed to regret that poor old Zarqawi had been killed, though under pressure, he conceded that the Shaikh "may" have done "some pretty horrible things." Mmm - he's a big hearted guy. But NOTHING that Zarqawi did compared to the monstrous evil, the indiscriminate slaughter, the random killing of.....yip, the US and UK army. It was as if our very own ATW Adrian had channelled himself through Pilchard! Providing "balance" was David Starkey (against the invasion of Iraq) and Paddy Ashdown (against the invasion of Iraq) and of course the baying dingbats in the audience. (Against the invasion of Iraq
Look, just for ONCE, can't the BBC find the courage to let a REAL supporter of the war on one of these panels? Y'know someone who wants to see Al Qu'eda wiped off the face of the earth? Someone who has NO apologies to make, other than we haven't killed enough Jihadists - yet. ANY QUESTIONS - yes. Why must the BBC get away with this sort of bias??
Well, consider this. Under Ireland's relatively generous Welfare system, any EU citizen with a job in the Republic is entitled to a monthly allowance to support their children - even if their offspring are living outside the state. But the parents among the (official) 100,000 Polish workers shoring up Ireland's service and construction sectors (the unofficial figure is thought to be more than 200,000) didn't know this. So - BINGO - at the start of the year, 'Polski Herald', an eight-page Polish language pull-out in Dublin's Evening Herald every Friday, revealed their entitlement. And can you guess what happened?
'After we published that story there was a 400 per cent increase in Polish workers applying for child support for their children - those who had their kids with them in Dublin, and those with children still in Poland. Imagine the leap in their (taxpayer funded) prosperity. It's something I'm quite proud of. (!!DV) In Poland, families would normally get only about €10 a month in child benefit. When we publish "Polski Herald" every Friday, we put on an extra 3,000 sales. In addition, there are extra advertisements in Polish for things like cars and jobs as well as flights back to Poland.'
The Evening Herald now employs a full-time 'Polski' news editor (an Irishman married to a Pole) and two sub-editors. One, Iwona Krauze, 29, moved to Dublin four years ago after working in Warsaw as a reporter.
"If you're Polish, come into the Welfare Parlour,
There's benefit entitlement for you...."
I'm off to the BBC shortly to record a programme on the topic of the License Fee! Since I believe in CHOICE and FREEDOM, I believe the License Fee should be scrapped forthwith and ALL subsidy to the BBC ended. The BBC must stand, or fall, on it's own two financial feet. As far as I am concerned state broadcasting is anachronistic and totalitarian - time to end it. We live in a digital age driven by consumer choice - and the BBC need to be told straight! Wish me luck!
Interesting to see that the BBC’s Board of Governors has censured the corporation’s BBC online service for a misleading article about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The article, published late last year, suggested the UN called for Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from territories seized during the six-day war when in fact it called for a negotiated "land for peace" settlement between Israel and "every state in the area".
The governors report, which specifically singled out the reporting of the UN resolution after the 1967 Israeli-Arab ’Six-day war’, stated that the piece on the BBC news website did not give a balanced view of events. Absence of factual reporting was proven.
My goodness - the BBC biased against Israel? What a shock that is - next thing we'll be hearing that is biased against the Bush administration...
I've just finished watching an article on BBC News 24 about Sir Ian Blair's abhorrent comments concerning 'institutional racism'...... (stops yawning) in the media. Guess who Auntie's newshounds invited on to contribute to the topic? Lee Jasper!! Yes folks, a man who, in my opinion, is an unabashed hater of we honkies everywhere. Or, to use a suitable euphemism: Doctor Golly, the Professor Emeritus of Chip On The Shoulderology
And who did they have on to refute Blair's contentions? Nobody!! Zilcho!! Sweet FA!! Don't you just love our State broadcaster - the same corporation we will have to shell out £131 for the 'privilege' of being able to watch - and its sense of balance and impartiality?
By the way, Mr Jasper, if you don't like this country - a country responsible for providing you with a helping hand along the road to fame and fortune, why don't you perhaps consider a move to Zimbabwe? You'd feel right at home as an advisor to Mugabe, along with all the other negro misfits. If such a move appeals to you, you will have to improve your swimming techniques. Surviving in the torrid whirlpools of black self-pity is an endurance in itself.