BBC defends employee’s use of term ‘Jewish lobby’.

The Jewish Chronicle reported on November 8th that the Board of Deputies of British Jews had criticised the BBC World News anchor in Washington, Katty Kay, for using the phrase ‘Jewish lobby’ during a Question & Answer session about the US elections on Twitter. 

“Board chief executive Jon Benjamin said that the reporter’s “loose use of language really has to be seen in a context where support for America’s key ally in the Middle East is cynically questioned — and the motives of Israel’s supporters are seen as suspect”.

Successive US governments, he said, “have recognised the value of this strategic relationship to the national interest, and it is unfortunate that a BBC journalist falls into the trap laid by Israel’s enemies and conspiracy theorists of reducing support for Israel to parlance of Jewish money and power”.”

The BBC’s response?

“A BBC spokesman said that the correspondent’s “primary point in responding was that the US regards Israel as a key ally in the Middle East and also recognises the importance and influence of this relationship on the voting”.”

Obviously the BBC spokesman does not understand what the fuss is all about. Perhaps the penny will drop if he takes a look at the valiant defenders of Katty Kay’s use of the term over on ‘Stormfront’ and the David Icke forum.

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5 comments on “BBC defends employee’s use of term ‘Jewish lobby’.

  1. “Obviously the BBC spokesman does not understand what the fuss is all about. Perhaps the penny will drop if he takes a look at the valiant defenders of Katty Kay’s use of the term over on ‘Stormfront’ and the David Icke forum.”

    You’re kidding, right? Those are the BBC’s main sources!

  2. In other BBC Watchers’ news, Helen Boaden, head of news, and her sidekick Stephen Mitchell have today followed George Entwistle, director-general, onto the scrapheap. MPs are now chatting in Parliament about the excessive size of George E’s £450,000 payoff for just 54 days work, which Downing St. has described as merely “hard to justify”. Meanwhile, the late Sir Jimmy Savile’s victims will have considerably longer to wait for compensation, if they do receive any.

    They will not have long to wait, however, to see which way the winds of change are blowing, since former director-general Mark Thompson, (for whom George E. was clearly the patsy) is due to take up his much better-paid $6m per annum position as CEO of the New York Times next week on 14 November. Will he be stopped?

    Duvidl, meanwhile, is off to the bookmakers to see how much the odds have shortened on the break-up of the BBC as they did on George E’s departure, from 2-to-1, when he won his bet at 7-to-4. Will there be odds-on betting for BBC-death?

  3. Apologies-14 November is in 2 days time.

  4. This is outrageous and lawyers should be on it. You can, if you wish, reasonably talk of the pro-Israel lobby (better still “pressure groups”), but to talk of a “Jewish” lobby is racist.
    As for the “influence of this relationship on the voting”, 70% of Jews actually vote ofr the Democarts, the less pro-Israel of the two parties. But the BBC isn’t interested in the actual facts.

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