The PJ Tatler

BBC, True to Form, Twists Headline and Teaser Against Israel

We should be used to it by now, but this latest example of the BBC’s habitual anti-Israel bias in its reporting is just so blatant that it shouldn’t go by unnoticed.

As you know by now, what actually happened earlier today is that Palestinian terrorists snuck into southern Israel via Egypt and murdered 8 people and injured at least 25; hours afterward, Israel responded against terror cells in Gaza killing some of the men responsible for the attack.

So, if you were a headline writer for the BBC, how would you summarize the day’s events?

Here’s how:


Israel pounds Gaza after attacks
The Israeli military carries out air strikes over the Gaza Strip following a deadly
series of attacks on vehicles in southern Israel.”

Notice how (as always happens at the BBC) the response to a terror attack is highlighted and featured above any mention of the original attack itself. In this way, they can portray the victim as the aggressor. And in this case, the BBC doubles down — no, make that triples down — by purposely characterizing the terror attack that caused the death of 8 human beings as an attack on “vehicles,” with no mention of human victims at all; furthermore, the BBC makes very sure not to mention exactly who attacked the “vehicles.” For all we know, it could have been the Israelis attacking the vehicles too.

At this time of this writing the headline is still visible on the BBC News page, but they update it frequently, so it may be gone by the time you click the link. I took the screenshot above to immortalize yet another example of the BBC’s dastardliness.

Of course, once you click and read the article itself, some of the intentional misdirection is cleared up; but the BBC knows that most readers gather their news from headlines only, and the editors use this fact to slant the news to their political preference: they don’t need to “lie” about what happened, or even have a misleading headline on the standalone Web page with the article itself; all they need to do is create a carefully constructed misleading teaser headline on the BBC’s main page, and that headline will shape the narrative in the minds of most readers.

Yes, it’s a minor point, but that’s how they win the battle of ideas: commit a million minor moral transgressions, no single one of which is worth getting worked up over, but taken in sum, they become an onrushing tsunami of disinformation that shapes the perceptions and political views of the average news consumer.

But the days in which such dishonesty gets a pass are now over. We’re watching you, BBC and fellow travelers. And you’re not going to get away with it any longer.