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Telegraph's Dan Hodges Says BBC News Didn't Mention Hamas Rocket Attacks. They Did.

The Telegraph - 19 November 2012

Dan Hodges has written in The Telegraph that BBC Radio 4's Today 08:00 news report was 'totally and utterly biased' towards Palestinian viewpoints. Hodges took issue because the report discussed the 18 Palestinians killed overnight, but didn't mention, he said, the 'Hamas fighters bombarding Israel'. 'How can that, from any objective viewpoint, represent balanced reporting?', he asked.

Quite simply put, Hodges is incorrect in this claim, and has either ignored or not heard the whole report. For his article he transcribes a quote from the radio news report, but this ends before correspondent Jon Donnison's report from Gaza which follows, and does mention the return fire.

As part of his report, Jon Donnison points out that:

...for a second night running, fighters in Gaza have returned little fire since midnight. But as was the case over the weekend, the rockets may resume later in the day. On Sunday, Tel Aviv was targeted by Hamas. A long-range rocket was shot down by Israel.

[The report can be heard by visiting the iPayer page for the show which will be available until 26 November and skipping to 2 hours].

Clearly, the report mentions what Hodges claims it did not.

Note: Almost a year ago, Dan Hodges called for the Creation of a 'Start the War Coalition' to lobby for an attack on Iran.

This morning there was no such ambiguity. No room for argument, or debate. The top of the BBC bulletin was totally and utterly biased...

...in the 08.00 bulletin the BBC chose not to report the Hamas attacks at all. Not one word...


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Deceptive Headline in Telegraph Makes Claims of Iran's 'Bomb-Building Capacity'

The Telegraph - 16 November 2012

On Friday evening, Alex Spillius of The Telegraph reported on a leaked IAEA document under the headline 'Iran expands bomb-building capacity, says UN agency'.

This headline is both alarmist and misleading, stemming from a report that describes, in Spillius's words, that 'Tehran could soon double to 1,400 the number of centrifuges capable of producing 20 per cent enriched uranium, which is close to weapons-grade'.

The IAEA’s investigations have never produced evidence that Iran has a ‘bomb-building capacity’, with Spillius himself concluding in the same article that ‘Tehran […] appears not to have decided to make that final dash for a bomb’.


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Headline: Iran expands bomb-building capacity, says UN agency


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Telegraph Headline Labels Untried Guantanamo Detainees as 'World's Most Dangerous Terrorists'

The Telegraph - 9 June 2012

Curiously, the headline promoting The Telegraph's upcoming video report from Guantanamo Bay depicts detainees as 'dangerous terrorists', despite, as noted by Amnesty International, 'the vast majority [being held] without charge or criminal trial'.

Proof beyond the claims of the US government is apparently unnecessary for The Telegraph to pronounce the detainees guilty.

Headline: Guantánamo Bay: behind the wire at the controversial prison with the world's most dangerous terrorists

The Telegraph has been given unprecedented access into the world's most controversial prison – Guantánamo Bay – where, according to the United States Government, some of the most dangerous terrorists on the planet are being held.


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Deceptive Headline: WMD Accusations about Iran in the Telegraph

The Telegraph - 6 June 2012

In an example of a headline being summarised to the extent of being strongly deceptive, the Telegraph ran a story entitled "Businessman 'exported WMD chemicals to Iran'"; a title which may leave a reader with little doubt that Iran has a chemical WMD programme.

The article itself points out that in reality there was a 'risk of diversion' of these chemicals to a WMD programme when in Iran (i.e. that there is no WMD accusation), which makes the headline appear quite misleading.

Additionally, the image chosen for the article is irrelevant to the material, but potentially serves to further demonise Iran.

Headline: Businessman 'exported WMD chemicals to Iran'

A businessman exported chemicals to Iran which could have been used to create weapons of mass destruction, the Old Bailey heard today.


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A Creative Interpretation of November IAEA Report on Iran

The Telegraph - 29 January 2012

In November, Adrian Bloomfield at the Telegraph reported that the IAEA report about Iran showed that "for the first time that the Islamic republic appeared to be building a nuclear weapon" - which was a blatant misrepresentation.

Now (Jan 29th), while reporting on Iran's claims that oil prices will soar as a result of sanctions, his language overplays the report again, saying that it "accused Iran of military-related atomic activities".

A damning report released by the body in November accused Iran of military-related atomic activities for the first time.

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Ex-council boss 'says' something he didn't say

The Telegraph - 25 November 2011

In a typical attack on the public sector once again, a headline has been created from the following quote of outgoing CE of the Local Government Association:

"I don't regard it as peanuts; I regard it as high pay"

The headline reads "£300,000 a year ex-council boss says his pay was 'peanuts'"

Quite clearly, he did not say that he thought his pay was 'peanuts', as the headline more than suggests. Rearranging of words for this article by Christopher Hope has pressed the idea that money is wasted through the public sector. The same headline regarding a role in the private sector is unimaginable in The Telegraph.

Headline: £300,000 a year ex-council boss says his pay was 'peanuts'

Quote within article: 'I don’t regard it as peanuts; I regard it as high pay.'

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Creative wording following IAEA report about Iran

The Telegraph - 12 November 2011

Adrian Blomfield at the Telegraph wrote that Iran "appeared" to be building nuclear weapons, in a clear example of being creative with words since the release of the IAEA report concerning Iran's nuclear capabilities.

On Tuesday, UN weapons inspectors released their most damning report to date into Iran's nuclear activities, saying for the first time that the Islamic republic appeared to be building a nuclear weapon.

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Telegraph Headline calls for War

The Telegraph - 3 November 2011

In what is pure speculation from the Telegraph concerning Iran's nuclear capabilities, writer Con Coughlin has claimed that Iran is "close to achieving its ambition of acquiring nuclear weapons" and called for "Obama to act" against Iran. Like the rest of the media, the paper is making unfounded assumptions that next week's IAEA report will confirm that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

The fact that any attack on Iran is an illegal war crime is omitted.

Headline: "Iran is on the verge of getting the Bomb. It is time for President Barack Obama to act"

Unlike previous IAEA reports – which, under the leadership of Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, deliberately sought to obfuscate the true nature of Iran’s activities – this one will demonstrate unequivocally that Iran is well on the way to acquiring nuclear weapons.

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The speed camera debate: refusal to acknowledge costs

The Telegraph - 24 August 2011

In the continued attack on speed cameras, The Telegraph have reported that speed cameras don't cut accidents, and have in some cases led to an increase in casualties. An impression is given, as in many other articles, that speed cameras exist simply to generate money for the state, which is not the case.

What the article does not point out is that speed cameras cost money for the state. A figure of £100m /year is given for fine generation for 6,000 cameras (approx. £17,000/year each - less than the cost of installation). Rather than serving "only to raise millions from motorists", they cost the state money in order to save lives. We know that Oxfordshire council cut speed cameras in 2010 to meet reduced budget requirements.

Speed cameras have failed to cut accidents on many roads and have actually led to a rise in casualties on some routes, official figures show today.

Ministers fear that thousands of cameras have served only to raise millions from motorists, rather than improve safety.

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Brendan O'Neill brings anti-Semitism into the Hackgate debate

The Telegraph - 25 July 2011

Brendan O'Neill at the Telegraph thinks that the Murdoch scandal is a conspiracy theory, offensively comparing anti-Murdoch sentiment to pre-World War 2 anti-Jew propaganda.

This is pure conspiracy theorising; the nonsense belief that power is something that exists and occurs in hidden corners, over glasses of wine, between people unknown and unknowable to the rest of us. Change the word “Murdoch” to “Jew” and none of this stuff would have looked out of place in some cranky “news” sheet in the 1930s.

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UK Uncut still being called 'rioters' despite Met Police contradiction

The Telegraph - 19 July 2011

The Telegraph's reporting on the release of the UK Uncut activists who occupied Fortnum and Mason on March 26th describes the activists as "cuts rioters" who "invaded" the store. Around the time of the event, it was clarified that those in the store were peaceful, while rioters were in the street outside. A chief inspector from the Metropolitan Police referred to the protest as "non-violent and sensible".

Escape for cuts rioters who invaded Fortnum and Mason

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Anti-union reporting: taking advantage of a tragedy

The Telegraph - 1 July 2011

In what appears to be a low-point in anti-union reporting, the Telegraph use the headline of the story of Sophie Howard, the 13 year old girl killed in Peterborough on Wednesday to blame the teacher's strike. While the strike is of course a factor in the story, mentioning it in the headline does come across as subtly blaming the strike for the death.

13-year-old girl crushed by tree during teacher strike.

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Which is worse: killing civilians or spending money to do it?

The Telegraph - 20 June 2011

In an article appearing to question how worthwhile the bombing of Libya is, the Telegraph suggests that Britons are more concerned about the financial cost of the war than the killing of civilians by NATO bombers.

The question many Britons will be asking today is not whether casualties are avoidable, but whether this country’s involvement in the Libyan conflict is worth the massive resources we are deploying to it.

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The mayor with green promises calls ecologist's advice 'tripe'

The Telegraph - 12 June 2011

Boris Johnson, upon considering the comments of ecologists about the dangers to habitats of mixing natural water from different parts of the country, writes that it sounds "pretty much like tripe"

They warn that it would be a mistake to mix up water from Wales with water from the Thames, since "the chemical composition of water varies in different parts of the country, and the potential effect on habitat and species would be significant". This sounds pretty much like tripe to me, and I am glad to say that Prof Falconer agrees. The chemical composition of water is H2O, and that is true across Britain.

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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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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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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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