The two faces of BBC’s Sunday Morning Live

A BBC 1 programme called Sunday Morning Live  – which advertises itself as conducting ‘ethical debates -‘ initiated a poll on the question “Are Israeli military actions justified?” ahead of its November 18th broadcast. 

Rather swiftly, the vote was closed and a message appeared on the website to the effect that its results would not be made public at this time.

A look at the poll’s terms and conditions shows that clause 4 reads:

“The BBC reserves the right to disqualify entries or suspend voting if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred or if it considers there has been any attempt to rig the voting. The BBC has the right to substitute an alternative selection method at its absolute discretion.”

Could it be that the BBC got wind of this?

However, over on the programme’s Twitter feed, we discover not only that the vote results were made public, but that one of its guests was none other than Abdel Bari Atwan – which at least seems to answer this question

And as if one pro- Hamas propagandist is not more than enough on any programme: 

What value the BBC perceives in this kind of straw poll is – I must admit – beyond me. However, I really did want to congratulate BBC 1 on taking a responsible and robust stance against the vote’s manipulation for political ends… until I saw the programme’s Facebook wall.

There – unhindered and apparently unchecked – lies and libels such as the examples below are – by their very appearance on at official BBC account –  also lent the BBC stamp of respectability.

And that, folks, is apparently the BBC’s idea of “ethical debate”.  

3 comments on “The two faces of BBC’s Sunday Morning Live

  1. A BBC poll, and not run by the LSE and Guardian? How very novel.
    As to the premature nature of its release and skill in subsequent attempted cover-up and leaking might suggest that the Bureau of Investigative Journalism is still ‘inspiring’ the nation’s most-trusted media monopoly on professionalism, integrity… and of course crisis management.
    All at a bargain £142.50, no refunds entertained.
    Now that… is what I call unique funding!
    At this rate the senior anchors and editors of Newsnight may have to find more elsewhere to delay their returns to the UK to continue their good works.
    ps: Does their FaceBook page, like almost all BBC staff twitter accounts, have this odd ‘any views here are nothing to do with the BBC’ that NO corporate entity outside the BBC would get away with… especially FROM the BBC?

  2. The level of ignorance amongst the BBC-educated public is staggering.
    I have to say that I thought Samira Ahmed was an unexpectedly fair chairperson, coming as she does from Jon Snow-influenced channel four .

    8:55. Unadulterated bile on Today from notorious liar Abdel Bari Atwan, who Humphrys continually spoonerised as Abdel Ari Batwan. (heh)
    Who knew that the Palestinians had renounced terrorism? “Abdel Ari Batwan” knew.
    Humphrys announced in sonorous, innuendo-laden tones that the editor of the Times of Israel had: ”declined our invitation to talk on the programme”
    but a few seconds later he had to say “He’s now able to talk” and a jolly good job David Horovitz made of it, too.

    • sue, Unlike former Jon Snow floozie and Belsize Park mansion dormer window planning permission evader, Zeinab Badawi, Samira was unceremoniously fired from Channel 4 News for nothing less than having a bad hair day/hairstyle unfavoured by Channel 4 producers/Jon himself.

      Consequently Sammy was, doubtless, picked up for a song as a jobbing presenter by BBC producers, starstruck by a name like Ahmed. Sammy now probably owes a debt of vengeance to the Jon Snow school of paly-pal propaganda, which trained her. Anyway, Duvidl rather likes her hair and breezy presenting style.

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