Thursday, December 01, 2005

Embedded=encapsulated=inside the regime's delusional bubble

I always remember my old school enemy Jeremy Paxman filmed running away as a youngish BBC foreign reporter.

These days the BBC avoids the risks of such exposure to real battle by embedding journalists inside "our forces". Can we blame them when we know that many unembedded journalists were simply shot dead by the Americans?

Nevertheless, given this problem, it rings hollow when the BBC claims commitment to "evidence based journalism" in relation to Iraq battles, unless evidence from inside the bubble is acceptable as good evidence. We know from multiple sources that it is not good evidence, however. America knows it lost the Vietnam war through reporting the truth. This time it determined to make sure all evidence was as skewed as the evidence for starting the war.

Thanks to the Blogoshere we know that the BBC gave us a false picture of the battle for Falluja, based on the Government's story rather than the observed facts.

This is more evidence to suggest the BBC has been taken over by the Government since Hutton. Why should we believe otherwise?

"Helen Boaden, director of BBC News, said earlier this year:

"We are committed to evidence-based journalism. We have not been able to
establish that the US used banned chemical weapons and committed other
atrocities against civilians in Falluja last November. Inquiries on the
ground at the time and subsequently indicate that their use is unlikely to
have occurred.” (Email forwarded to Media Lens, July 13, 2005)

Sadly, their use has occurred, as the Pentagon has now been forced to admit.

Readers may recall from previous media alerts that we did not know then
whether unusual or banned weapons ­ including cluster bombs, depleted
uranium, napalm, white phosphorus and poisonous gas ­ had been used in
Fallujah, or whether atrocities had been committed by ‘coalition’ forces
against civilians. We did know, however, that the BBC had consistently
overlooked credible testimony from multiple sources suggesting such weapons
had been used and such acts had taken place.

Last November, Fallujah was placed under “a strict night-time shoot-to-kill
curfew” with “anyone spotted in the soldiers’ night vision sights... shot”;
male refugees were prevented from leaving the combat zone; a health centre
was bombed killing 60 patients and support staff; refugees claimed that “a
large number of people, including children, were killed by American snipers”
and that the US had used cluster bombs and phosphorus weapons in the

Recent US military offensives in Ramadi, Baghdadi, Hit, Haditha, Mosul, Qaim,
Tal Afar and elsewhere, have likely also killed many civilians and created
thousands more refugees. (For sources and further details see:


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