Monday, 12 January 2015

Has Tim Wilcox crossed a line, again?

From BBC News Channel, special news coverage of Paris rally, at 16.47 on Sunday 11 January 2015.

BBC Newsreader Tim Wilcox answers the fears of a scared Jewish lady in Paris, with the suggestion that "Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands." This took place at today's huge Paris rally following the terrorist atrocities carried out in recent days in Paris, which included the targeting of a Jewish supermarket.

Strange how the BBC is keen to persuade the public that Muslims should not be blamed for the actions  of Muslim terrorists but this BBC newsreader is not at all woriied about associating all Jews with Israel's actions.

Tim Wilcox's words comes only weeks after his statement in November 2014 that "a lot of these prominent Jewish faces will be very much against the mansion tax”. See video here...

If I write anything else now then I think that I will get rather too rude about Tim Wilcox.

I have complained to the BBC about Tim Wilcox's statement, I doubt that I will receive a satisfactory response.

Tim Wilcox's interview of a Parisian lady included this statement "Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands." That Tim Wilcox's statement is offensive for two main reasons: 1. Why does Tim Wilcox think it's fine to associate all Jews with the actions of Israel? Would he similarly call Muslim the members of the various sides killing many thousands of people a year in Syria? Would he similarly describe the members of Boko Haram, who are killing many thousands of people in Nigeria and elsewhere, as Muslims? 2. Tim Wilcox wasn't asking a question but making a statement. Is that the correct role for a BBC news presenter in this sort of situation? I note that Tim Wilcox has subsequently issued a mealy mouthed apology on Twitter 'Really sorry for any offence caused by a poorly phrased question in a live intervbiew in Paris yesterday - it was entirely unintentional.' Leaving aside the questions arising from the inconsistencies in that apology, only a tiny number of people will see this apology compared to the number who saw the original offence. Will Tim Wilcox be apologising on-air for his offensive statement? I understand that Tim Wilcox has form in this area having previously brought up "Jewish faces" during a discussion about Labour's Mansion Tax losing the Labour Party support.

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