Revealed: BBC’s Kevin Connolly knows how to use Wikipedia

Our colleague Gidon Shaviv over at Presspectiva has been investigating the claim made by several Western journalists recently that Ariel Sharon was nicknamed ‘Lion of God’. Among those who made that claim – in an article titled “Ariel Sharon’s mark on history” which appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page on January 11th – is the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Kevin Connolly.

“Such was his [Sharon’s] reputation as a military commander that some accounts of his army career say he was nicknamed the Lion of God after a particularly daring tactical parachute operation against Egypt in 1967 in the Sinai desert.” [emphasis added]

Lion of God

As Gidon notes:

“Lion of God is an unlikely nickname for a man whose Hebrew first name is Ariel. The name Ariel could and has been interpreted as meaning lion of God, (Ari=Lion El=God) though it is more commonly associated with Jerusalem. In other words, in Hebrew, Sharon’s given name is indistinguishable from the supposed “Lion of God” nickname.

Moreover, comprehensive searches for historic references to Sharon as “Lion of God” did not turn up any results prior to 2012. Exhaustive online searches in Hebrew and English and in various biographies did not yield a single example of anyone ever having referred to him as the “Lion of God.” Likewise, the head of Israel’s state archives, a historian in his own right, had never heard of this moniker for Sharon.”

So where did that claim made by Connolly and others come from?

“The earliest known reference to “Lion of God” as a nickname for the late prime minister is Wikipedia’s entry for “Ariel Sharon“.”

Lion of God Wiki

Oops! And where did Wikipedia source that information? Read more on that in Gidon Shaviv’s post here.

 “BBC News aspires to remain the standard-setter for international journalism“, its funding public is reassured by the BBC Trust. One of course rather doubts that those obliged to pay £145.50 a year to fund the BBC would expect the use of dubious, unverified information sourced from Wikipedia to be part of that “standard”.

14 comments on “Revealed: BBC’s Kevin Connolly knows how to use Wikipedia

  1. As a BBC £145.50 p.a.television taxpayer Duvidl is effectively forced to to receive the service of the BBC plagiarising Wikipedia errors and copy-and-pasting PA press releases verbatim. Could he please have a “teletax” rebate each time it is done?

    Better still, in 2016 could the government please refuse to renew the BBC’s Royal Charter, in the same way the Greek government closed down its national broadcaster overnight. As BBC Watchers know, 10% of UK court cases last year involved public refusals to pay the TV licence fee.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/10256679/TV-licence-offences-account-for-one-in-ten-UK-court-cases.html

    • Let us hope that with the help of Hadar Sela BBC learns that they can’t get away with deliberately biased journalism when it involves Israel.

      • What is needed, IMO, is for an advocacy group to lobby Parliament when the BBC’s funding comes under review, assuming that those reviews are conducted in public hearings, which I don’t know. They can certainly use this site as evidence.

  2. You are talking about the imbicilic BBC here, who attach curious names to many things. See the amount of times the idiots try and tell us “Mustafa lived in an area of Bradford know as “Little Beirut” to the locals.”

    NO it’s bloody NOT!

    It is much akin to the BBC staff rule that they are not allowed to mention any country in the world without attaching “One of the poorest…”

  3. If BBC journos are going to source their copy from wikipaedia and often from Haaretz, do they actually need to be operating out of Jerusalem (or anywhere else in Israel for that matter)?

    • That may be what “Palestinians” want, but won’t happen until after negotiations are completed, meaning that BOTH sides make concessions.

  4. no concessions, none required – UN res. 242 makes that clear. Typical Zionist nonsense about ‘concessions’ required – 78% of their land you already stole, the remaining 22% is theirs

    Get off their land, or they’ll eventually get rid of you anyway…..4.5 MILLION of them in Palestine alone, you’re totally surrounded on all sides, and have so few international friends in the region it beggars belief! With the international community imposing sanctions and embargoes on your goods, it’s not a good time for you….. and Iran only needs the bomb and you’re all f**ked ( which would be morally wrong and not a scene anyone wishes for) but give some extremist in a rogue state the motivation to build a nuclear weapon and….wait a minute, that’s Israel! doh!

    BDS is building, and rightly so. Your economy will suffer, you’ll be pariahs .

    Why wish for that?

    • Yeah, typical libero-fascist nonsense. “Palestinians” are required to make any concessions. Israel withdraws from Gaza and northern Samaria and the “Palestinians” increase terrorism. BTW, you should know that New York state has just passed a law barring funding from any educational institution that funds the Beguile, Deceive, and Sham movement and the number who have denounced the ADA support of BdS has grown to 229 institutions of higher learning and is still growing.

      Europe is f*cked with its growing Islamization. Have fun under sharia.

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