Dishonest Reporting's 2004 Canadian Awards
Honest Reporting has announced the winners of their 2004 Canadian awards for the most dishonest reporting on the middle east.
And, no surprise the winner was the CBC's Neil McDonald.
Among Macdonald's 2004 highlights:If you go the website you can watch a video of Neil's worst moments.
In a May 2004 report on CBC’s The National, Macdonald presented Eugene Bird, president of the anti-Israel group Council for the National Interest, who falsely implied that Israeli intelligence agents were involved in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses in Iraq.
In a December 2004 report on CBC’s The National, Macdonald presented Allen Keiswetter, an employee of the Middle East Institute, who claimed that America’s consulate in Saudi Arabia was attacked because America is “regarded as being very much in the pockets of [Israeli prime minister Ariel] Sharon.” Keiswetter was the only expert Macdonald presented. Keiswetter's employer, Middle East Institute, counts Saudi corporations and oil companies among its biggest donors.
In a December 2004 column on CBC’s Web site, Macdonald asserted, “If Palestinians have committed terror, the Israelis have certainly committed war crimes.” Responding to HonestReporting Canada’s complaint, CBC’s Ombudsman noted that, “I conducted a review of this matter and agreed that the sentence at issue was open to this interpretation … of personal opinion or bias.”