Perfectly Impartial In Every Way

By DeusExMacintosh



A Commons motion criticising the BBC and Sky for refusing to broadcast a plea for humanitarian aid funding for Gaza has been backed by 170 MPs.

The Disasters Emergency Committee’s Gaza Crisis Appeal was screened on Monday by ITV, Channel 4 and Five.

The BBC’s explanation that airing the film would threaten its impartiality was described by Labour MP Richard Burden’s motion as “unconvincing”.

BBC News


  1. Posey
    Posted January 29, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    FA 009 27 January 2009
    Australia to Provide $5 million Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Gaza

    Australia will provide a further $5 million for urgently needed humanitarian assistance in Gaza.

    The additional assistance I am announcing today demonstrates Australia’s on going support for the considerable efforts being made by Australian and international organisations to provide critical humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

    The additional $5 million includes up to $2 million for Australian NGOs to deliver immediate emergency assistance in Gaza.

    Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, will meet with Australian NGOs this week to finalise details of the proposed $2 million assistance package by Australian NGOs.

    The remaining $3 million is for United Nations agencies to replenish food and emergency stores.

    This brings to $10 million the amount of emergency humanitarian assistance committed by Australia to Gaza this year, and is in addition to the $45 million in development and humanitarian assistance provided to the Palestinian people in 2008.

    Australian assistance announced earlier this month has provided financial support to families displaced by the violence in Gaza and delivered urgently needed food aid and medical supplies to those affected.

    This earlier assistance included $2 million cash assistance through United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) for displaced families, $1.5 millions for emergency food through the World Food Program (WFP), and $1.5 million to the Red Cross.

    Copyright © Commonwealth of Australia

  2. Posted January 29, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    That photo of the blood stain and the kids show says it all. This shit really has to stop. It’s crazy.

  3. Posted January 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    For those who might be interested in giving, further details of the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for humanitarian aid in Gaza can be found on their website.

    The DEC fundraises in the UK. As Posey has pointed out, there may be local initiatives of a similar nature if you live elsewhere.

  4. Posted January 30, 2009 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    The Beeb has really shot itself in the foot with this one. They’re using a legitimate charitable appeal as a convenient step-ladder onto the moral high ground. Rather than deal with the fact that yes, their coverage is biased (British media coverage is generally anti-Israel, something British Jews accept with equanimity), they’re punishing a charity in order to make themselves smell sweet.

    About the only thing remotely amusing is putting coverage from the Beeb and coverage from CNN side-by-side. It’s like they’re reporting two different wars.

  5. John Greenfield
    Posted January 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I am afraid the mindset of these people is far, far too removed from my own. I can no longer care or waste time on them. If they all nuke each other to blazers, give me a shout.

  6. Posted January 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I am afraid the mindset of these people is far, far too removed from my own. I can no longer care or waste time on them. If they all nuke each other to blazers, give me a shout.

    Damn right dude. I don’t even know why people argue about the the right and wrong of it so much. Just a waste of time trying to determine who are the guod guys and bad guys. The simple truth is closer to this: the longer two peoples fight, the more each becomes evil. That is the real problem and the best possible way to solve it is genocide. Welcome to the human race.

  7. John Greenfield
    Posted January 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink


    I used to enjoy arguing about it, not because I particularly cared, but because I saw it is an intricate puzzle of historiography and claims about “international law”. I learnt a hell of a lot from something I really could not give a flying fuck about. 🙂 Oh, and in the process developed superb cognitive weaponry for bitchslapping bovine Leftists still drunk on Cold War KGB KKKool Aid. 😉

  8. Posted January 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    The ‘rights and wrongs’ of Gaza have nothing whatsoever to do with a charitable appeal trying to raise money to provide basic humanitarian aid to keep people alive. At risk of being controversial, I’d say that as a general rule

    LIVING PEOPLE = good thing
    DEAD PEOPLE = bad thing

  9. Posted January 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Dear Deus,

    You’ll never make it as a fascist or politician.

  10. Posted January 30, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Quaker. Go figure. 😉

  11. Posted January 31, 2009 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Pardon me but, wasn’t it the case that this appeal was already going out on the other channels in the UK?
    If anything The BBC have done the supporters of this appeal a favour by refusing to take part.

  12. Posted January 31, 2009 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    The Beeb is still the most-watched channel in the UK, so perhaps not. That said, the debate has been useful. I’m not the first to point out that the Beeb’s refusal to show the DEC appeal provides a convenient cover for their biased reporting.

  13. Posted February 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Hey Deus,

    Your Obama Road to Whitehouse is a classic! Great stuff.

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