Monday, 4 August 2014

'The News, Allegedly'

The news today is Israel’s stoic
refusal to yield to vastly lower
numbers. You’d think it was heroic,
the tireless bombing, the apartheid.
You’d think Gaza was impregnable,
that not a single Palestinian had died.
You’d think that if you listened
to the BBC or got your dose
of current affairs from any of Britain’s
daily papers. You’d be used to vague
reportage lacking in context, you’d
be used to such headlines as HAGUE:
HAMAS TO BLAME FOR ESCALATING TENSION
IN GAZA AND ISRAEL, as if
the prognosis of a Tory politician
with interests in arms manufacture
was the acceptable moral face
of the UK’s flagship broadcaster.
You’d be used to ISRAEL HITS SECURITY
HQ AND ROCKET SITE and you might not
think to question why subjectivity
is prevalent, why an editorial bias
has outweighed the simple business
of accurately, neutrally, relaying facts.
Here’s what they’re not reporting,
the BBC, CNN, Reuters, gutter press
and broadsheet op-eds: suffering,
casualties, overwhelming bombardment.
Here’s what they’re not discussing:
children dying, disenfranchisement.
Today’s news is Israel. This is the BBC.
Join us live for half the story.
Question everything you see.

© Neil Fullwood

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