In the last post, explaining the real reason behind the Guardian-BBC’s concerted and sustained attack on News International, we sought to explain how despite an element of ‘due impartiality’ applying in broadcasting it is easy to get around the rules and achieve genuine bias in media news coverage through news selection:
Today we may have a case in point where coverage may be distorted to the detriment of people’s understanding of events. This concerns the Guardian’s extensive reporting and propaganda in respect of Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The blog CiF Watch draws our attention to news reports in Haaretz and on AFP, suggesting a United Nations report into the Israeli boarding of a Gaza-bound flotilla last year states the boardings were a legal act. The Guardian’s editorial line has consistently described the Israeli action as being against international law and therefore an illegal act. After an lengthy investigation the UN seems to believe otherwise.
So where does this leave the Guardian? Or for that matter the BBC, whose follow up report of the incident now contains a number of ‘updates’ in brackets that have been designed to appease the Guardianista’s demands to adjust the story. Rusbridger’s organ can either report this finding and admit it was wrong, or it can do what CiF Watch thinks is more likely:
I’m willing to bet that the Guardian simply will not report this story, as it goes against volumes of Guardian stories, and CiF commentaries, since the May 31, 2010 incident, attesting to Israel’s guilt, but I’m even more confident that the countless number of contributors who were so quick to pass judgement on Israel’s blockade of weapons to Hamas will not apologize for their morally irresponsible rush to judgement.
If this is what transpires it will be another clear example of the way news selection can be used to distort coverage and ensure a biased viewpoint is pushed upon the audience.
Now consider this. Suppose there was a conservative minded broadcast news channel in the UK. While the BBC-Guardian axis keep the story low key by pretending it isn’t out there and ITV and Channel 4 follow suit, the conservative broadcaster runs the story on each of its news bulletins to a large audience throughout the day. The impact would be significant. A public that had previously only received media reports that the action was illegal would learn otherwise and would be able to question why this new development had not been reported. It would be educational and it would serve the public interest.
Having considered the scenario above, one can see why the News of the World phone hacking stakes are so high for the Guardian led media and why there is such a determined onslaught against News International, currently the only realistic prospect of such a conservative news outlet being brought to fruition. The left-liberal media is engaging in a fight for control of our minds by doing all it can to control the news we hear. Far from upholding media plurality they are actively striving to restrict it.
This is something we should all be mindful of and should all strongly oppose.