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Barry Rubin recalls an ABC interview on the main Middle East events of last year:

I said that the most important single thing was Hamas’s takeover of the Gaza Strip, an action which set back the chances for peace by many years, even decades.

When the story was broadcast it had been edited so that I appeared to be saying that Israel policy had set back the chances for peace by many years, even decades.

I filed an official complaint and in the end they came down on my side, sort of. The decision was that the piece had been carelessly edited or something like that. In the online correction, however, they didn’t even say that but merely that I had asked that an explanation be added to make clear my point was not about Israeli policy.

Of course, the reporter had done it on purpose.

The ABC is loaded with careless types. They’re forgetful, too.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/04/2008 at 01:32 PM
    1. Careless and forgetful like the NYT?

      Posted by rabidfox on 2008 04 04 at 01:41 PM • permalink


    1. A story was spun by the mainstream media?! Reuters has an agenda?! I’m shocked!Shocked, I say!

      Then again, “careless editing” is part of the Editing 101 in journalism schools these days. It’s all the rage.

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 04 04 at 02:39 PM • permalink


    1. What’s annoying is you would expect this sort of crap from a dictatorship’s propaganda department. Oh wait, I’m being unfair to the propaganda department. They would at least be competent enough to clamp down on the information so their articles and broadcasts couldn’t be proven untrue by a simple search of the internet… or in some cases, the transcript of a speech, interview, etc.

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 2008 04 04 at 03:40 PM • permalink


    1. Sometimes I wonder why anybody would even bother to talk to the MSM at all.  But then I slap my forehead for being silly.  Of course, it wouldn’t matter if anybody talked or not, the MSM can supply its own news.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 04 04 at 04:41 PM • permalink


    1. Clearly, your ABC is as bad as ours :(.

      Posted by blogagog on 2008 04 04 at 05:32 PM • permalink


    1. #4
      No RebeccaH!
      It’s the MSM that needs the slap upside the head.(And good luck with that.)

      I don’t bother with the news any more.
      Or current affairs.
      Or any kind of reality TV (who’s reality?).
      Or home improvement shows.
      Or anything much really.
      They’re all pushing the same barrow.

      Hollywood? Meh. Mostly message-filled rubbish.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 04 at 05:35 PM • permalink


    1. They carelessly reported today that Kevin Rudd has (again) indulged in shambollicks while in Britain, saying that he’ll benchmark progress on the 17-year gap in life expectancy between the aboriginals and the rest of us. On the first sitting day of each year, he will report progress. They also reported him as saying that in a “modern and prosperous nation” like Australia, this gap should be closed.
      The ABC, like many other outlets, was carelessly ignoring the real cause of misery among the aboriginal people: the misguided fostering of a dead-end way of life (for the aboriginals) by leftist elites.
      As long as the aboriginals are told they can survive in their unviable settlements rather than join the “modern and prosperous nation”, the results will be similar.
      Only a change in policy which recognises the destructiveness of unstructured lives, fed poison by a welfare payment system without housekeeping, parenting, education or work obligations, can there be the progress Rudd eagerly seeks to “benchmark”.
      The ABC continues to be a cheer squad, not a news organisation. They should be more careful. Fran & Michelle’s morning love-in where Rudd is regularly praised for being the guiding light of NATO (or wherever he is that day) is sickening at that early hour.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 04 04 at 05:51 PM • permalink


    1. Barry, if the ABC has responded to your complaint and conceded your point you should then follow up by a return email and seek assurance that the complaint will be appearing in their public reports.
      Under the ABC charter it is a requirement that they do this.

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 2008 04 04 at 06:02 PM • permalink


    1. rebecca, you should have had a v-8

      Posted by missred on 2008 04 04 at 06:51 PM • permalink


    1. That’s outrageous!
      Plain and simple.

      Posted by Brian on 2008 04 04 at 08:05 PM • permalink


    1. #6

      Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union. Samuel Goldwyn Quotes

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 04 at 08:08 PM • permalink


    1. Forgive me for bleating, or blowing my own trumpet.

      I don’t think I am too off-topic.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 04 at 08:23 PM • permalink


    1. You are a liar, a fuckwit and a paedophile.

      [Months later] I wish to apologise for calling you a liar, a fuckwit and a paedophile in error.

      Aren’t belated media apologies great?

      Posted by Nikki 2000 on 2008 04 04 at 11:07 PM • permalink


    1. Of course, the reporter had done it on purpose.

      An ABC reporter?

      Quelle surprise!

      Posted by ann j on 2008 04 05 at 02:10 AM • permalink


  1. Doesn’t this amount to defamation? Surely deliberate misrepresentation is a legal offence? Anyone?

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 04 05 at 06:01 AM • permalink