BBC’s Doucet presents speculation as fact

Last week a UK online newspaper called ‘i News’ published an interview with the BBC’s Lyse Doucet on the subject of the war in Syria.

“Lyse Doucet, award-winning journalist and Chief International Correspondent for the BBC, has been on the ground watching the Syrian conflict evolve with increasing alarm over the past seven years. […]

Never has journalism played such a vital role in establishing the truth, yet never has reporting from the front lines carried a greater risk. Here, she tells i the key things she has learned out in the field – and why some stories are worth risking your life for.”

Under the sub-heading “The most dangerous part of the Syrian war is yet to come”, readers were told in no uncertain terms that an attack on a military base in Syria on April 30th was carried out by Israel – even though neither Doucet nor anyone else has yet produced concrete evidence to support that claim.

Doucet – who is apparently unfamiliar with the name of the scale used to measure the magnitude of earthquakes – also attributed activity recorded at the time to ‘Israeli bombs’:

Doucet’s version of events completely ignores the relevant factor of the attack’s target.

“The explosion in Syria’s Hama province late Sunday night, which has been attributed to an Israeli airstrike, registered 2.6 on the Richter scale — a small earthquake, the kind that won’t knock down a building, but might knock a picture off your shelf.

The epicenter of this tremor was a military base south of the city of Hama, which is connected to the Syrian military’s 47th Brigade and has been identified by Syrian opposition sources as being under Iranian control and housing a weapons depot. […]

The massive explosion near Hama, which could be felt and seen throughout the area, was not likely caused by the missile or rocket used, but by the target that was hit.

“It may be ballistic missiles with heavy warheads. The level of explosion that even moved the needle of an earthquake detector is not from the munition that attacked these places, but from the target,” said Amos Yadlin, a former head of Military Intelligence and the current director of the influential Institute for National Security Studies think tank.”

Whether or not that strike – in which some 200 surface-to-surface missiles were reportedly destroyed – was carried out by Israel remains unclear. Nevertheless, the BBC’s chief international correspondent – who is supposedly committed to accurate and impartial journalism – obviously has no qualms about presenting her personal speculations as fact.






7 comments on “BBC’s Doucet presents speculation as fact

  1. Pingback: BBC’s Doucet presents speculation as fact — BBC Watch | Mèir Weiss/z 's Blog

  2. This stupid “reporter” may have some experience but since her brain is dead she understands nothing : the most dangerous thing about this syrian war is…to do nothing and simply Watch with an helpless attitude as she does. Then you get a dangerous war and even ww3. If she had a brain she would think of the 30s instead of watching her …TV and opening her big mouth to say only trash!

  3. Below, a few extracts from the ‘professional’ website of Ms. Maritza S. Rivera “Visual Artist, American Think-Tank, Activist, Citizen Journalist..political blogger” (

    ‘…Maritza is passionate about REAL news [her emphasis] and routinely reads a variety of publications, not just in English, but in French and Spanish, as well….
    …She was a devoted volunteer for Donald J. Trump’s, 2016, “Make America Great Again” presidential campaign….
    …Maritza is especially interested in…Jewry/Zionism; war on Christianity….private sector real-estate privilege…FAKE NEWS….(emphasis not Ms. Rivera’s)
    …Who has pushed a pro-Israel creedo (sic) on sovereign [US] citizens without asking them…?
    …Behold the newspaper kiosk in front of the Diamond Center (which, by the way, is quite Jewish) in midtown Manhattan….What does this tell you? That while the elite Jewish community (selling Diamonds) in NYC (a city run by Jews) is interested in international commerce and trade, Americans living in immigrant ghettos have to contend with local papers, written in Spanish, that heavily advertise a*s-augmentation, bigger breasts, and smaller waists (among other targeted propaganda)….”

    Claiming to be a citizen of New York with a BA in Fine Art from the Fashion Institute of Technology, among the many countries Rivera purports to have visited and lived in she does not appear to have set foot in Israel.

    On her Twitter feed – @Betterw80203745 – Ms. Maritza S. Rivera:

    – supports BDS

    – retweets:
    • 9/11 conspiracy theories
    • Jew-hating anti-Israel cartoons and rhetoric
    • Rothschild conspiracy theories
    • Jewish/Israel/Trump/Putin conspiracy theories
    • Israel ‘blackmail’ conspiracy theories
    • Nazi-style Jew-hating tropes (“…corrupt Jews and Israel”)
    • Jewish ‘child-abuse’ conspiracy theories
    • pro-Hamas/Iran/Khamenei stories
    • and even Holocaust denial and abuse aimed at elderly survivors:

    ‘”Holocaust survivors” – not only do they not die, they multiply!’

    Note: Ms. Maritza S. Rivera has 30 Twitter followers.

  4. Israel has openly made it clear it will defend it’s northern border where Iranian munitions, bases and rockets are being stockpiled and it has every right to do so, it is ironic that she does these reports from the safety of Israel whilst openly avoiding to tell the public why Israel defends their borders and what they are defending them from. Doucet belongs in Iran where her freedom will be zero. Stop the BBC bias, sign now

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