BBC Radio 4’s uncritical amplification of Ilhan Omar’s falsehood

BBC Watch

Listeners to BBC Radio 4’s ‘The World Tonight’ are promised “in depth reporting, intelligent analysis and breaking news from a global perspective”. Here is what those listeners heard (from 03:39 here) in the news bulletin which opened the programme’s August 15th edition. [emphasis in bold added]

Newsreader: “Israel has banned two US Democrat Congresswomen from entering the country because they’ve been critical of its policies towards the Palestinians. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar had been expected to begin a tour of the Palestinian territories later this week. Ms Omar has accused the Israelis of implementing President Trump’s ban on Muslims. Tom Bateman reports from Jerusalem.”

Bateman: “The Congresswomen – Ilhan Omar, who was born in Somalia and grew up in the US, and Rashida Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent – have both supported the movement to boycott Israel. They were due to visit the occupied West…

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9 thoughts on “BBC Radio 4’s uncritical amplification of Ilhan Omar’s falsehood”

  1. This is stark in its inaccuracy, irony in itself.
    They were originally allowed to visit Israel as they should be. They were not allowed after pressure from Trump.

    This was no hard to find out

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        1. Jim,

          Israel clearly allowed them to come and then rescinded that on Trump’s ‘recommendation’.

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        2. Labour leaders as far back as Kinnock and Foot never defended Corbyn and his shenanigans. Democrats have no similar leadership ability to treat loonies for what they are.

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        3. GOP did little to help that disgraced judge who won thier alabama primary.

          Parties have a choice about aligning with their extremists and entryists

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