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Wednesday, August 16 2006

Blowing the Whistle On Orla Guerin

Drinking From Home blows the whistle on BBC's Orla Guerin. She and Channel 4's Alex Thomson visited the same areas of Bint Jbail, but inexplicably, offer different descriptions of the destruction there. Our suggestion: first check out Drinking From Home's critique, then watch the Guerin and Thomson reports and judge for yourself.



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Orla Guerin can't resist having a snarl at Israel or a gloat at its troubles - in her frequent editorialising posing as reportage. Reputedly, she is married to a Palestinian. If this is so, and she accordingly has an emotional investment in one side of the conflict, it is difficult to understand why the BBC - which is supposed to be objective - continues to employ her as a correspondent in the Middle East.

As a footnote to this one, SBS in Australia aired the Guerin report, and nearly four months later issued this 'clarification':

World News Australia (15/8/2006)

On August 15, 2006, World News Australia carried a report on destruction in the town of Bint Jbeil in Southern Lebanon during the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict.
The report stated that "this town has really been wiped out."
The centre of the town did suffer extensive damage and could be said to have been "wiped out" but some areas of the town suffered less damage.

A subsequent bulletin of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs states that "1,200 houses out of 1,500 were destroyed in Bint Jbeil"


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