BBC Admits Their Coverage of Arab Spring Was “Over-Excited” …(Ya Think?)
Two weeks after Moamar Gaddafi was murdered Al-Qaeda planted its flag on the Benghazi, Libya Courthouse.
According to multiple eyewitnesses one can now see both the Libyan rebel flag and the flag of al Qaeda fluttering atop Benghazi’s courthouse. Its Arabic script declaring that “there is no God but Allah” and a full moon underneath.
The BBC admitted their coverage of the Arab Spring uprisings may have been overhyped.
A year after the uprisings Islamist groups are in control of former moderate regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and the regime in Libya.
The Daily Mail reported:
The BBC’s coverage of the Arab Spring has been heavily criticised – by the corporation’s bosses.
Head of news Helen Boaden admitted that her journalists got carried away with events and produced ‘over-excited’ reports.
She told a BBC Trust report that in Libya, where reporters were ‘embedded’ with rebels, they may have failed to explore both sides of the story properly.
Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen was among those criticised in the study into coverage of the uprisings, which found that ‘excitement’ did sometimes ‘infect’ the reporting, which some viewers described as ‘too emotive’ and ‘veering into opinion’.
The document, published yesterday, also raised concerns about the corporation’s use of footage filmed on mobile phones and other user-generated content. It noted that the BBC failed to warn viewers with ‘caveats’ about the ‘authenticity’ of such footage in 74 per cent of cases.
It also warned that the corporation ignored events in some countries as it concentrated on ‘big’ stories.
Early coverage of Egypt and Libya was ‘over-excited’ Miss Boaden is quoted saying: ‘In the conflict in Egypt in the beginning . . . we might have sounded over-excited – you can take on the colour of who you’re with. I had to say “just be careful about your tone”.
‘In Libya too, where we were essentially embedded [with the rebels] at the start, we might have sounded over-excited – you have to be careful if you can’t get to the other side of the story.’
At least they admit it.
The US lamestream media will never admit their irresponsible cheerleading for the radical uprisings… Neither will Obama.