In November 2004 the Telegraph published an editorial which opened as follows:
“Many listeners to the BBC were rightly outraged last week by the broadcast from its Middle East correspondent, Barbara Plett, in which she cloyingly described how she wept as Yasser Arafat was airlifted from Ramallah for medical treatment.
She said: “When the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry . . . without warning.” Almost as a footnote, she later admitted that an “ambivalence towards violence” was one of his failings.”
“The BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden has apologised for what she described as an “editorial misjudgement”.
She said it appeared Plett “unintentionally gave the impression of over-identifying with Yasser Arafat and his cause”.”
At the bottom of the article this opaquely worded addendum appears:
That, however, is apparently the sole action the BBC found it appropriate to take regarding a report deemed to lack due impartiality by the highest BBC authority at the time.