If one wished to search out an independent minded media analysis of what was happening in Palestine, Pakistan, or Kenya, then sadly the last place one would turn is to the BBC. For these days the BBC is a craven instrument of British governmental policy, which itself is an adjacent to the Bush administrations foreign affairs strategy.
The governments of all three of the aforementioned countries are guilty of manipulating in their favor the outcomes of either their nations Presidential or General Elections. In Palestine we saw the democratically elected Hamas administration being bureaucratically over-thrown on the orders of the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, who was himself acting on the ‘advice’ of the US and Israeli governments as they believed Hamas would not be pliable enough when it came to any future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. No matter that the Palestinian people partially elected Hamas to office for that very reason.
Whilst Hamas was only able to cling on to power by its finger tips in the minute piece of land known as the Gaza strip, the BBC reported these events as if it were Hamas not Mahmoud Abbas who had first initiated the political coup; and it placed the entire responsibility for the disorder and blood shed that occurred in the wake of Abbas’s dismissal of the Hamas administration, firmly at the feet that body, who in reality were the victims of Abbas/US/Israeli machinations.
In Pakistan the sitting President, Musharraf, manipulated the vote of the October 6th, 2007 Presidential election so that he would be able to remain in office, despite being at the time the election took place head of the army, something which went against the Pakistani State constitution. The BBC reported that his victory amounted to an overwhelming endorsement by the electorate for Musharraf as President, plus for the democratic process in Pakistan. What the BBC failed to do was tell their viewers and listeners that out of a population of 164,741,924, (July 2007est] Musharraf received only 671 votes with 14 against.
Much the same thing has happened in Kenya, where after the votes in last December’s  General Election had been counted and it became pretty clear to the sitting President Mwai Kibaki that his opponent Raila Odinga has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Kibaki quickly declared that he was the victor and taking their lead from GW Bush and Gordon Brown, who called for order shortly after the international election monitors refused to endorse the election as free and fair, the BBC instead of crying fix and exposing Kibaki as the crook he undoubtedly is, turned its fire on to those who were protesting having had their votes stolen. The continuos thread that ran through all of the BBC’s reports from Kenya at this time was that order must be restored to the streets. No matter that the Kenyan people had every right to demonstrate and protest as by denying the true outcome of the election, Kibaki had taken away all democratic avenues of attaining power. Nor did the BBC seem to care that if order were immediately restored, it would have meant a return to the status quo, which would mean in reality Kibaki remaining in power as President.
We saw news-clip after BBC news-clip placing the blame for the disturbances on those who were protesting against the illegal actions of ex President Kibaki, policemen and solders were videod firing into the shanty towns that surround Nairobi, whilst their Officers were recorded talking to camera about how they were only returning the fire of rioters. Yet on our TV screen we saw no sign of shots being fired from the direction of the shanty towns; nor by the casual manner in which the government forces lounged around between firing rounds into the shanty towns did they seem to fear any bullets coming their way from that direction. Something incidentally which the BBC reporter on the ground had not seemed to have noticed; or if he had he was under orders not to mention it.
There is little doubt that like Abbas and Musarraf, Kibaki had been emboldened by the manner in which George W Bush manipulated his own election victory in the 2000 US Presidential Election: and how he quickly claimed victory when he stepped into the gutter to claim the US Presidency. Since that day every-third world satrap has said to themselves if it is alright for George W Bush to manipulate the polls and spit on the electorate’s wishes then it is fine for me to do likewise. After all the West can hardly complain about the behavior of third world satraps when the leader of the ‘free world’ entered office via the garbage tip. All we get from the White House and Number 10 these days when some wretched satrap denies the will of the people, is platitudes about order being restored, which in reality means the status quo being restored thus business can proceed as ordered.
If you also factor in Iraq and Afghanistan this has provided a dilemma for those elements of the Western media whose political masters are extremely close to the Bush Administration. No more so than the BBC. a corporation to whom the people of Third World once used to look to to hear the truth, but no more it seems. For the days when the BBC was the voice of truth and democracy are long gone. For once its Board of Governors decided to bend the knee to Bush’s main ally Tony Blair over WMDs, Iraq and the Kelly fiasco, the BBC was finished as a speaker of the truth.
No better example of just how far the BBC has fallen, was demonstrated shortly after the brutal murder of Benazir Bhutto. I watched a report on the BBC TV News which took my breath away, not so much that such a thing could occur within Pakistan, but that the BBC by its silence would be an accomplice of such a crime. The item was shown on the BBC UK News and on the BBC World channel and it showed the Rawalpindi police shortly after the attack on Benazir Bhutto which killed her, supervising the local fire brigade hosing down the site of the murder, which was or should have been a sanitized crime scene. Did the BBC reporter comment that such behavior was somewhat unusual and a kin to washing away the evidence? Not at all, this hack had become that far detached from the ideals of their craft that they had either not noticed the crime taking place before their eyes or did not give a hoot about it. Their job was to eulogies Miss Bhutto which in the process would enable Musharraf to remain governing Pakistan on the pretext of law and order and the war on terror.
For wether it is Pakistan, Palestine or Kenya the US and UK administrations main approach to all of these problems is one of restoring order so that business can continue to get their snouts in the trough, democratic accountability and the peoples right to choose is not even an after thought.