February 22, 2003

THE AXIS OF THAT'S NOT CRICKET:

BBC viewers vent their anger at 'anti-US' bias of Iraq coverage (David Bamber and Chris Hastings, 23/02/2003, Daily Telegraph)
The BBC has received an unprecedented number of complaints at the alleged anti-war and anti-American tone of its coverage of the Iraqi crisis.

More than 400 viewers have rung the corporation in the past few weeks to complain that it has shown overwhelming bias. It is one of the largest reactions from viewers ever recorded.

One programme to attract opprobrium was the screening of a debate on Newsnight two weeks ago in which Tony Blair was savaged by an overwhelmingly anti-war audience. A Panorama programme on the crisis three weeks ago, which featured very few speakers in favour of military action, also provoked a hostile reaction.

Viewers have complained that BBC interviews with "ordinary Iraqis" in Baghdad routinely fail to point out that they risk death if they criticise Saddam Hussein. Many others have been incensed by BBC journalists seeming to add personal comment to their reports that is openly opposed to American policy and a possible war.

Some viewers were angered about a piece by Angus Roxburgh, the BBC's Brussels correspondent, on the BBC website on February 12, which was headlined: "Europe's new gang resists US 'bullying' ". He wrote: "President Bush's attitude has reminded Russians of the bad old days when American presidents branded Russia the axis of evil."


Yes, well, if the BBC still can't accept that communism was evil they're hardly going to believe that Saddam is, are they? Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2003 11:32 PM
Comments

Thanks to the miracle of cable I tend to watch Fox for news coverage.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at February 23, 2003 9:02 AM

400 over 2 weeks is an unprecedented number of complaints?

Posted by: David Cohen at February 23, 2003 9:20 AM

Ali:



You & the Kurds (see above).

Posted by: oj at February 23, 2003 9:58 AM
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