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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Blair and Clinton Agree:
BBC Blatantly Anti-American

That the BBC is blatantly anti-American comes as no surprise. But the people most recently making the accusations add considerable strength to the accusations against the BBC about its coverage of the Katrina disaster [thanks to JJ for the pointer].

Tony Blair was shocked by the BBC's coverage of Hurricane Katrina, describing it as "full of hatred of America", Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, said last night.
Mr Murdoch, a long-time critic of the BBC who controls rival Sky News, said the prime minister recounted his feelings in a private conversation this week in New York.

Bill Clinton, the former US president, and Sir Howard Stringer, chief executive of Sony Corporation, also criticised the tone of the BBC's coverage during a seminar on the media at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York.

Mr Murdoch said Mr Blair was in New Delhi when he turned on the BBC coverage of New Orleans: "He said it was just full of hatred of America and gloating at our troubles."
Mr Clinton said the corporation's coverage had been "stacked up" to criticise the federal government's slow response.

Sir Howard, a former head of CBS News, said he had been "nervous about the slight level of gloating" in the BBC coverage.
And if you don't like the reporting at the Financial Times, try the Independent, which reports the same story but omits any mention of Clinton or Sir Howard but instead chastises Blair for saying such things to Murdoch.

Update: additional links at Instapundit.
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