Did you see The War You Don’t See on Tuesday night on ITV1?
This John Pilger film is the finest example of how the left has truly lost its way.
It was also an opportunity for journalists like Dan Rather and Rageh Omaar to admit that they failed to do a proper job of scrutinising events in the build up to the invasion of Iraq; proof that some journalists like to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds, depending on which way the wind is blowing.
Pilger hardly bothers with sources which, for a self-proclaimed “world-renowned journalist”, is pretty poor.
For example, he tells us that 90% of those killed in Iraq are civilians. No sources are given.
And he doesn’t mention the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians massacred by Sadaam.
On to Israel.
Pilger starts off by comparing the proposed Palestinian state’s 1948 borders to an extreme version of what they look like now under a “military occupation that defies international law and is backed by one of the world’s most sophisticated propaganda machines”.
No mention is made of the incessant Palestinian terrorism against Israel since Israel’s creation.
Pilger then claims that ten journalists have been killed by Israel since 1992 and many more injured. Yet again no sources are given.
He puts it to Fran Unsworth, BBC Head of Newsgathering, that the newsroom at BBC television centre is “intimidated” into not telling the truth about Israel’s “military occupation”.
Unsworth denies this but then she would wouldn’t she if she was being “intimidated”.
Greg Philo, author of More Bad News From Israel, then claims that a senior news journalist told him:
“We wait in fear of the telephone call from the Israelis.”
As ever this source is not named.
But ITV wasn’t so “in fear” that it wouldn’t show this two hour hatefest about America, Britain and Israel and BBC Radio 5 wasn’t so “in fear” that it wouldn’t allow Pilger to advertise the film on Tuesday morning and two major London cinemas aren’t so “in fear” that they refuse to currently show the film.
Pilger then moves on to the deaths on the Mavi Marmara. He didn’t like the way Mark Regev, who he describes as the “Chief Israeli propagandist”, was given prime billing in the BBC 10 O’clock News’ headlines on June 1st.
Unsworth replies that Regev is a government spokesman who is entitled to put his government’s point of view and that the BBC has a duty to report that view.
But Pilger just inanely complains that that view wouldn’t be accepted by the relatives of the nine dead on the Mavi Marmara.
Pilger then asks where is the Palestinian equivalent of Mark Regev who can speak so articulately in the headlines of the BBC News.
Unsworth agrees but explains that it isn’t her job to go out and appoint a Palestinian spokesperson equivalent to Regev, but that the BBC still allowed all views to be expressed across their range of output. Pilger disagrees that the BBC did do this.
Next Pilger criticises ITV for its coverage of the Mavi Marmara. He claims that the Israelis supplied ITV with “doctored film, even with captions, which was widely used across ITV and BBC” and that the Israeli “propaganda” of their soldiers being attacked as they landed on the boat dominated the news.
Again, Pilger offers zero evidence that the Israeli footage was “doctored”.
David Mannion, Editor-in-Chief of ITV News, disagreed that Israel’s version dominated but, incredibly, goes on to say that “the Israeli propaganda machine, as you well know, is very, very sophisticated”.
Mannion then explains that newsrooms do sometimes fall in to traps laid for them and that it is only after the event that one can look back and write a definitive history, but that the newsrooms have to report the news as it happens.
Pilger complained that the Palestinians have no time for a definitive history to be written.
Pilger then goes on to show “independent” footage of events on the Mavi Marmara, which, although consisting of images of lots of bloodied passengers, proves nothing.
But blood is what Pilger and his cohorts on the left do so well.
In The War You Don’t See you do see lots of dead children. He uses them very effectively.
All sides have dead children but America, Britain and Israel don’t use them as propaganda tools. We bury them and let them rest in peace instead of parading their tragically broken bodies.
The War You Don’t See is one man’s biased view of the world and is a rehash of old news, old footage and old lies.
But then what do you expect from someone who equates “the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity”.