Jeremy Bowen: before and after

Jeremy Bowen’s Twitter profile before we published this

Jeremy Bowen’s Twitter profile one day after: 

Related posts: Jeremy Bowen retweeting Joseph Dana

22 comments on “Jeremy Bowen: before and after

  1. Jeremy Bowen is so enamored with the ‘victim’ Palestinian and hate of the one Western Liberal Democracy in the Middle East that he has lost all claims to impartiality. He will have to be careful though. With The Guardian hemorrhaging money hand over fist, when the BBC finally implodes over it’s detestable biases and the Jimmy Savile affair, There will no longer be any group that will employ ex BBC propagandists

  2. Twitter is an interesting new outlet for the more traditional broadcast MSM. The BBC certainly has embraced it, and FaceBook (odd, being they are free, foreign social media sites vs. charged and British) for ‘sourcing’ and of course ‘broadcasting’.

    On the former things have already not worked out well, as they seem to have moved to the airwaves to share as news what ‘sources’ on twitter have claimed, but not really been tasked on to substantiate.

    That makes it little more than acting as, at best PR, or worse a colluding propaganda department. In this regard I am unsure that ‘RT’ing’ what is fancied is much different. There is then raised the equal concerns about what decides what is RT’d, or passed on/published, vs. what is left out. Or in the case of those sharing, who is favoured and who gets blocked.

    The latter of course raises the spectre of censorship in complement to less than objective, impartial ‘professional’ sharing of information.

    A BBC boss has tried to raise this with staff, but despite her pleas and highly-paid position has been basically laughed at and ignored. Her actual role and value therefore being another question.

    The BBC as an institution does appear highly complicit, if not supportive, of unprofessional behaviour by staff on twitter especially, that would be dealt with swiftly and severely by any other private or public entity. In fact the BBC has not been above holding management to account for errant tweets by staff, at least with businesses or organisations they don’t favour.

    Their current ‘solution’ seems to be giving the nod so long as ‘views my own’ are added in some form or other (Jeremy Vine appears to think pretending it’s his brother’s responsibility will be adequate – he too has been recently immersed in a less than creditable RT row, with excuses in backtrack hard to sustain). It is also hard to see how this is acceptable with public paid staff of a public-funded entity using twitter to air highly personal views under the banner of the BBC brand in name and often logo.

    But currently it seems just one more unique the BBC feels as an absolute power in perpetuity it need not account for itself, as it presumes to ask questions of others.

    There’s a word for that. Or two. And changing things, or standards, by stealth won’t get around it in the internet age.

  3. That was quick. Shows the power of monitoring what these people get up to.

    I guess the poohbahs at the G. and the BBC do read CiFWatch and now BBCWatch!

  4. Pingback: BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen updates profile after biased Tweeting! | RichardMillett's Blog

  5. Well done all at BBC Watch for this achievement.

    Duvidl has a couple of wee questions for Jeremy:

    1) How are your Hebrew/Arabic/Farsi/Yiddish/Russian/Amharic lessons coming along and can you have a chat yet with anyone in the Middle East in any of those languages?

    2) Did you know the late Sir Jimmy S. and know of or just hear rumours of his child molesting at BBC TV Centre, where you must spend a lot of time?

  6. BBCWatch is getting off to a good start. There are still many misconceptions and prejudices against Israel to be exposed and erased

  7. It’s a bit early to tell if it’s the Dana story or the Greta Berlin one that prompted that change. Anyway, it means only one thing: to hypocritically be able to retweet anti-Israel propaganda and worse without being blamed for bias.
    BBC standards have reached the bottom and no need of a Balen report to get to that conclusion.

  8. 1. If a retweet is not a recommendation, what is it? (Is it not reasonable to assume that a retweet – in the absence of a contrary tweet/post/explanation – is a recommendation?)

    2. What is the purpose of a retweet by a professional journalist?

  9. Semantics can often be the last refuge of scoundrels too. I recall well Mr. Ciinton’s interesting way with words after his ‘cigar malfunction’.
    But true, I have simply RT’d something of interest on my twitter feed without putting why in context. I figured I don’t have to as most of those sharing my journey know where I am coming from and can project accordingly. But even so I have been tasked to explain. I often do if asked nicely, but prefer to every so often point out an RT can be many things.
    But that’s just me. I am not a BBC Editor. One with an already interesting reputation for what he shares, what he shapes to share, and what he leaves out. From a broadcast news monopoly already rather being rocked for editorial and senior management practices notorious now more for what is not said, or complained about, or allowed to be complained about, and hence ‘known about’ by those whose trust they seek to enjoy or garner.
    Hence a degree of circumspection in what is blithely shared, and by whom, may be worth pondering from those who take a fair amount of money from the public to ‘educate and inform’.
    It would be complex to do, and challenging to properly grade as in the realms often of subjectivity, but it might be interesting to collate the unadorned RTs of BBC Editors to discover what tickles their fancy and what not, and why.
    I think it may well have been done already by the BBC itself, but despite being paid for by the public has remained restricted from public view by FoI exclusions.
    Rather uniquely. Again.

  10. Greta Berlin did just that: retweet a Nazi, Holocaust denying video, while the accompanying text was eloquent enough to tip her about the context. Yet she did not hesitate and retweeted it. Pityful excuses followed (“was in a hurry”, “didn’t mean to do that”…).

  11. We also had an example with Tonge and her veiled accusations on Israel about human organ harvesting in Haiti.
    It wasn’t retweeting but asking for an enquiry, after baseless accusations. Same way of making publicity on hatemongering.
    Nick Clegg had sense enough to remove her from her position at the LibDem and called her comments “wrong, distateful and provocative”.

    Greta Berlin will stay at “Free-Gaza-but-not-from-Hamas” and Dana will continue his hate-filled propaganda from the capital of the fantasy state of ‘Palestine’.

  12. Bowen shows by altering his byline that he is aware of the effect of what he is doing i.e spreading propaganda and falsities.To retweet something he has to show an interest in the topic, or does he just randomly retweet at will? I wager not. In any event his stance vis a vis Israel/Jews/Arab Palestinians is well known. In some way he could be more respected if he had not altered his byline to excuse the fact that he really does support that cause with all the misinformation and propaganda swilling around the Internet and MSM because it is propagated by journalists who are either too lazy to research the facts or are gullible or are hardened Jew haters. Take your pick about Jeremy Bowen.

  13. This is really scraping the barrel. Someone needs to hurriedly come up with something of consequence or gracefully retire.

  14. Pingback: To endorse, or not to endorse, that is BowenBBC’s question | BBC Watch

Comments are closed.