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For many, he left an indelible stain on the BBC’s reputation when he refused to broadcast the Palestinian charity appeal in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead in which more than 1,400 Palestinian civilians, one-third of them children, were killed by Israeli bombs and bullets. Real and lasting damage, however, was done when, in November 2005, Thompson and his wife Jane Blumberg travelled to Israel for what the Independent on Sunday called “peace talks” with the then “hard-line” Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon. The IoS claimed that, “Thompson... intends to build bridges with the country's political class”. Never before had any BBC Director-General embarked on such a meeting and references to it are removed continually from Thompson’s biography on Wikipedia, an indication of just how sensitive the whole event remains.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
I consider the BBC to be the best overall news source available. Overt bias and agendas spoil any enjoyment of particular news outlets like the Guardian or Times.
Politically, it doesn't get into bed with the major parties or court politicians like other media often do.
Originally posted by paraphi
9/11 is so full of paranoia, speculation and conspiracy that is best keep that out of any discussion, else you run the risk of degeneration into silliness, but on the day as everything was falling to pieces you have to give leeway to the odd error in live reporting whether it was by the BBC, Mahua TV or the Good Housekeeping magazine.