Senior BBC correspondent misleads audiences on Iran’s terror connections

On April 3rd an article titled “Iran nuclear deal: A result which buys time” by diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.Marcus art Iran

Setting aside the analysis of the subject matter itself, the article includes inaccurate phrasing which misleads audiences. 

“If all goes well, the nuclear deal will reduce a key source of friction between Iran and the West.

There will still be many other areas of disagreement. Indeed, Iran remains the rising regional power and its influence in many Arab capitals ranging from Damascus and Baghdad to Beirut and Sanaa – let alone its human rights record and alleged support for terrorism – all suggest many other avenues for continuing tensions with Washington.” [emphasis added]

The word ‘alleged’ (meaning said, without proof, to have taken place) is of course completely superfluous in that sentence. Iran’s record of material, financial and ideological support for internationally recognized terrorist organisations such as Hizballah, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas is well documented.

When a senior BBC correspondent misleads audiences in such an obvious manner, the corporation’s funding public’s trust in its level of commitment to its defined public purpose of building “a global understanding of international issues” can only be undermined.



22 comments on “Senior BBC correspondent misleads audiences on Iran’s terror connections

    • Brown Noses – The Opera
      A Duvidl Pessach Spectacular Production

      Following the show-stopping opening number, “Brown-Finger” (see ante on 2 April), Duvidl continues with this Lion’s Gate-storming follow-up number

      to the tune of “White Christmas” (hat tip: Bing Crosby)

      Mike’s dreaming of Jew-free J’rus’lem,
      Ebola-rot’s set in his brain.
      Verbal diarrhoea dribblin’,
      And schizoid scribblin’
      He’s flushed sanity down the drain.

      Mike’s dreaming that there’s no Israel.
      With every Jew-hate scribbled word.
      That verbal diarrhoea is quite absurd.
      He just can’t excrete a solid turd.

      DS Al Coda

    • Hmm – I wonder where we’ve heard that pathetic straw-clutching mantra before…Hi Shoshan, or whatever you used to call yourself in your last manifestation (or was it infestation?) here.

  1. BBC Swatch-watch……. this article is about Iran, not Israel. If the editors wished to complain about this issue, they should have convinced Bibi to have been at the negotiations with his arsnel of nukes.

  2. “Re. the picture on your link …The cream of Israeli manhood … warriors all!”

    Would you rather they were younger?

    See any of them with weapons pointed at the kid?

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