ABCwatch

Tim Blair

Ombudsgod

New Criterion

 

 

Monday, November 15, 2004
 
Auntie's communards grant no claim on the part of Israel's courts to dispense justice, but there is an objective and a partisan way to tie the noose. Auntie's news service seems fated always to choose the partisan way, as in this account, drawn to my attention by reader BM.
"Mr Barghouti [a possible successor to Yasser Arafat] is serving five life-terms in an Israeli prison for allegedly masterminding terror attacks."
I know that if they said 'Barghouti was convicted by Israel's courts of masterminding terror attacks' their readers would need to spend a split secondworking out that Barghouti was innocent, but that's the price of being a professional journalist rather than a polemicist on the public payroll.

At the very least Auntie should be consistent. Then the words would be 'allegedly masterminding so-called terror attacks'.