The BBC, once considered a bastion of journalism, continues its fall from grace. Add to an already-long list of transgressions this past Saturday’s coverage of a heinous attack in which a Palestinian man murdered two Israelis in Jerusalem's Old City. The British outlet’s angle was clear for anyone to see in its headline: "Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two".
After receiving backlash over this latest, flagrant display of anti-Israel bias, the BBC admitted its error Sunday, changing the headline to read: "Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City."
The outlet, however, did not apologize. Worse still, it even attempted to make it seem as though issuing the correction “willingly” was a favor to us all. As if it is some great feat to write headlines that accurately reflect events as they truly occurred.
"We identified the headline as one that does not accurately reflect both the events and the details reported on our website, so we changed it willingly," a BBC spokesman told the Israeli news outlet Yedioth Ahronoth.
The head of Israel's Government Press Office issued a warning to the BBC following its eyebrow-raising headline.
"There is a limit to the lack of objectivity in press coverage, and this time we are talking about an outrageous title which reminds one of the headline given by the CNN TV station after the slaughter at the synagogue in Har Nof, which introduced the attack as 'an attack on an Israeli mosque,'" said Hen.
"While the BBC corrected its title later this evening, tomorrow I intend to reprimand the head of their office in Israel and to warn him directly that we do not intend to let this pass unchallenged," Hen added.
To highlight just how flagrant the BBC's political agenda is, consider that even Al Jazeera issued an apology after posting a similarly-worded tweet: “Palestinian shot dead after fatal stabbing in Jerusalem; 2 Israeli victims also killed."
The misleading tweet was quickly addressed by the network, which ceded that criticism it received over its choice of wording "is valid."
“We regret the wording of a tweet written under the pressure of breaking news," Al Jazeera's statement read. "The story on the site was briefly headlined with similar wording, which we amended in an update."
(h/t: Arutz Sheva)