Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Government owned media = bad

In case you thought journalistic atrocities were confined to the BBC, consider this article about Australia's state owned companies, ABC and SBS:

[A] Palestinian wearing a vest packed with explosives who blows himself up in a crowded Tel Aviv cafe is not considered by SBS to be a terrorist. . . . In another instance, SBS blamed Israeli army fire for the deaths of six Palestinian bomb-makers who in reality were killed when their explosives detonated prematurely. Yet, when the truth of this incident emerged, the network did not see fit to modify its original story.

Both the SBS and ABC forfeit any serious claim to journalistic integrity by allowing partisanship to trump objectivity in their news and current affairs coverage.
The biased government-owned press of the Arab world is lamentable. Mimicking it in West is appalling.

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