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Thursday, March 19 2009

Corrections, BBC Style


The BBC recently "corrected" its coverage of January's Gaza UN school incident:

BBC Update: In February 2009, the United Nations said that a clerical error had led it to report that Israeli mortars had struck a UN-run school in Jabaliya, Gaza, on 6 January killing about 40 people. Maxwell Gaylord, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Jerusalem, said that the Israeli Defense Force mortars fell in the street near the compound, and not on the compound itself. He said that the UN “would like to clarify that the shelling and all of the fatalities took place outside and not inside the school”.

First the good news: the Beeb's on record that the IDF shelled near the school compound, not in the compound itself:

Now the bad news: the Beeb hasn't corrected the number of dead (nine, instead of the original report of 40); it continues to omit that the IDF was responding to Palestinian rocket fire in proximity to the school.

(Hat tip: Tom Gross)



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If it makes you feel any better the Melbourne Age simply won't acknowledge the fact that it got the story so pathetically wrong at all in the first place.

The editors must feel feel much better knowing their readership has been misled into thinking that the IDF committed a war crime than to tell the truth.

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