Sunday, April 15, 2007

What Media Bias?

Canadian blogger Damian Penny notes two recent events:
BBC News, April 14: "The UK's National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has strongly condemned the abduction of BBC reporter Alan Johnston in Gaza more than a month ago."

The Guardian, April 13: "The National Union of Journalists has voted at its annual meeting for a boycott of Israeli goods as part of a protest against last year's war in Lebanon."
Last year the mainstream media was loftily insisting that their coverage of Israel's war with Hezbollah was entirely impartial, but as soon as the dust settles they vote en masse to condemn one side. The aggressor in that war, Hezbollah, has suffered no such boycott. If Israel chooses to boycott NUJ members when they attempt to (mis)report from their country then that would be a fair response. In a way it is a good thing that the journalistic profession spew their bile so openly that it can't be ignored.

Incidentally can anyone confirm whether the NUJ once issued a statement of solidarity with Colonel Gadaffi after the United States bombed Libya in response to Libya's support of terrorism?

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