Stop the presses! The BBC says there was graffiti in Israel!
BBC News summary this morning: reports a church leader condemning "price tag" graffiti attacks by Israeli right wing militants.Heavens!
Those responsible for the graffiti are stupid fanatics and the "price tag" attacks are an embarrassment to Israel and to Jews everywhere. However, the BBC newscast summary is limited to only two minutes. That is not a lot of bandwidth. Only two minutes to cover the entire world. There's lots of news, today: elections in Ukraine, abductions of schoolgirls by the Boko Haram, the Eurovision Song Contest, Middle East respiratory syndrome caused by camels from Saudi Arabia. And what does the BBC cover? Graffiti by hooligans in Israel.
One shouldn't blame the messenger. The graffiti is a fact. The BBC did not make it up. It *is* news, even if it doesn't cast Israel in the best of lights. However, the editorial decision what to include in a scant two minutes reveals something about the priorities and biases of a news organization. It is strange that this story was given such prominence. Or perhaps it isn't so strange. It is, after all, the BBC.
I listened to NPR, ABC, CBS, VOA, Fox, WSJ, SRN and BBC news this morning. Only the BBC mentioned the graffiti. That says something about not just the story but also about the BBC, doesn't it?
The graffiti constituted a hate crime. Nevertheless, the world would be much better place if the worst of crimes was graffiti.