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Monday, November 28, 2005

More on More BBC Bias

A BBC reporter told her audience that she cried during Yassir Arafat's funeral:

She told listeners that "when the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose from his ruined compound, I started to cry..."
Her piece attracted hundreds of complaints from listeners.

... The corporation's head of editorial complaints initially cleared From Our Own Correspondent journalist Barbara Plett of bias.

But a listener appealed and yesterday the Governors' Programme Complaints Committee overturned that ruling.

Ms Plett's mention of her tearful response "breached the requirements of due impartiality", the governors said.

As one of the critics said, there is no way a reporter would dream of saying the same sort of thing during the funeral of Ariel Sharon.

In many respects, I am glad Ms. Plett said what she did because it reveals her underlying biases so clearly. I can imagine many others at the BBC share her views, too. I can only hope they will slip up and reveal their biases as she did.
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