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Did Iraq say that, or was it the US speculating?

BBC News - 10 June 2011

Reporting on the speculation of US defense secretary nominee Leon Panetta that Iraq will ask the US troops to stay beyond 2011, the BBC have chosen a misleading headline on their front page. The link on the front page says "Iraq 'to request' troops to stay" for this story

Iraq 'to request' troops to stay

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Interview synopsis based on strong presupposition

BBC Radio 4 Website - 7 June 2011

Following an interview with former UK soldier Joe Glenton, discussing why he could morally no longer support the war in Afghanistan, the synopsis for the interview suggests that by staying at war, he would "honour his commitment... to the people of Afghanistan". This of course suggests that the reasons for the invasion of Afghanistan were based on altruism, something now widely disputed by the general public.

But what he experienced there led him to make the hardest choice of his life.. to honour his commitment to his colleagues and the people of Afghanistan or abandon his men, break his promise and run away to the other side of the world

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BBC continuous claims that Hamas 'seized power'

BBC News - 28 May 2011

Reporting on the repoening of the Rafah crossing between the Gaza strip and Egypt, the BBC claim that Hamas 'seized power' of the area in 2007. In reality Hamas were democratically elected and did not seize power of the area (As Greg Philo points out).

Egypt and Israel closed borders with Gaza when Hamas seized power in 2007.

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Spanish Protest: who clashed with who?

The Guardian - 27 May 2011

An article describing police use of force towards protesters in Barcelona has run with the Headline "Spanish protesters clash with police over clean-up", suggesting that there was violence from both sides. A video clip on the article goes to show police using batons against protesters who are standing or sitting on the street. The article also goes on to say that "violence breaks out" and "trouble erupted" without specifying who the violence/trouble was targeted at.

Trouble erupted when thousands of supporters arrived and blocked access roads. Police cleared routes out of the square by using batons, reportedly injuring 99 people and arresting two.

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Taking advangate of a tragedy to vent some racism

The Telegraph - 16 May 2011

Christina Odone at the Telegraph has insensitively used the story of the recent Tenerife murder in an article with a heavy anti-immigration tone (suggesting that immigration will result in an increase in crime).

Suddenly, Britain’s much-vaunted open borders seem a fatal trap.

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Picking the right words to create a headline

The Telegraph - 9 May 2011

In their continuation (onto page 2) of one of their front-page stories (Obama's shifting attitude towards Pakistan), the Telegraph have creatively made the headline Bin Laden 'had inside help' from the following quote by Barack Obama:

"We think that there had to be some sort of support network for Bin Laden inside of Pakistan. But we don’t know who or what that support network was. We don’t know whether there might have been some people inside of government, people outside of government, and that’s something that we have to investigate"

Bin Laden 'had inside help'

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'Outraged Greeks snarl' apparently

The Guardian - 22 April 2011

In an article about privatisation of Greek services, the western media's image of the Greek public is maintained, as Helena Smith depicts them as angry and mindless.

Outraged Greeks snarl that the sale will be the equivalent of auctioning the family silver.

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More anger towards green activism

The Telegraph - 19 April 2011

Brendan O'Neill has again attacked the green movement, referring to their "mainstreaming of nutty apocalyptic thinking" in an article about Charles Manson.

Today, so deep-rooted is the irrational green fear of an apocalypse brought about by greedy, hubristic men and women (Manson used to refer to them as “piggies”), that even Manson himself can come across as normal.

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Attempts to make the NHS sound socialist and therefore, scary

The Telegraph - 5 April 2011

Describing the NHS and the need for 'reform', Fraser Nelson criticises the existing NHS as "a slice of East Germany". Presumably Nelson is not aware of the achievements of East German healthcare system. Armed with his knowledge of the NHS, he goes on to claim that the reforms are 'prefectly sensible'.

It is worth remembering a quote by former labour MP Tony Benn (How we are governed now, 1/3/2011): "It should now be obvious to everybody that the words 'modernization' and 'reform' are simply being used to justify an attack on the public services"

It [the NHS] is a country within a country: a slice of East Germany woven into Britain

The tragedy is that Lansley's plans are perfectly sensible.

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Simon Jenkins suggests that protest is undemocratic

The Guardian - 24 March 2011

The Guardian's Simon Jenkins shows a peculiar view of democracy when discussing the upcoming TUC protest.

Taking to the streets to overturn a decision of an elected government challenges democracy.

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People were shot, but it's a 'propaganda disaster'

The Telegraph - 22 March 2011

After US soldiers shot and injured six people in Libya, James Kirkup at The Telegraph reduces the significance of the incident to a "potential propaganda disaster".

Rob Crilly at The Telegraph reports on the crash without even discussing the shooting of Libyans, but rather focussing on descriptions of the "revolutionary military people" in a strong propaganda campaign to make the intervening forces appear heroic.

In a potential propaganda disaster, the rescuers opened fire on Libyans who were trying to help the pilot, injuring six of them.

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Anger towards Climate Change activism

The Telegraph - 18 February 2011

Brendan O'Neill at the Telegraph angrily suggests that the 'apocolypse-hungry Green movement' show 'gross intolerance' when discussing climate change.

And it isn’t only misanthropic extremists, for whom “tolerance” and “open debate” are utterly alien concepts, who have declared jihad against Johnny [Ball] – so too has the supposedly liberal, open-minded, pro-science, atheistic wing of the chattering classes.

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Does Britain support Mubarak or not?

BBC News - 1 February 2011

The BBC's Roger Hardy suggests that western policy-makers favour 'political reform' in Egypt, while Jeremy Bowen tells us that Egypt, under the Mubarak regime, receives 'political support from Britain'. Presumably, only one of these statements can be true.

Roger Hardy: "If the Mubarak regime were to collapse... it would pose painful dilemmas for Western policy-makers who have long favoured gradual political reform in the region"

Jeremy Bowen: "Egypt has continued to receive vast amounts of American aid, as well as political support from Britain"

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Selective imagery: Demonise the protesters

BBC News - 27 January 2011

While reporting a story about a petition to end police kettling at protests, the BBC use a grossly misrepresentative image for the story: one of a fire by protestors. This conforms to previous BBC reporting of the student protests, which ensure that the protestors are portrayed as dangerous beings who threaten a 'breach of the peace'.

[kettling] is only used as a last resort to prevent an actual or imminent breach of the peace (see the image on the news page).

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Is corruption or 'anger at corruption' the problem in Egypt?

BBC News - 25 January 2011

Instead of referring to 'corruption' as a problem in Egypt, the BBC refer to 'anger at official corruption' as one of the social and political problems that Egypt shares with Tunisia:

Egypt has many of same social and political problems that brought about the unrest in Tunisia - rising food prices, high unemployment and anger at official corruption.

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Assumption that Iran has nuclear weapons

BBC News - 21 January 2011

Reporting on Tony Blair's time at the Chilcot Inquiry, the BBC make an unfounded claim that Iran has a nuclear weapons programme:

Asked whether what had happened in Iraq had made the risk from Iran and other countries developing nuclear weapons worse, rather than better, he said: "I don't think so."

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Littlejohn commends Britons for infrequent nature of Islamaphobic attacks

The Daily Mail - 21 January 2011

Richard Littlejohn of The Daily Mail suggests that Britain should be proud that Islamaphobic attacks are 'few and far between':

But it is to our collective credit that reprisals against Muslims have been few and far between.

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