Radio exec admits: We slanted war news to encourage withdrawal

Don’t worry. It can’t happen here.

A former Israel Broadcasting Authority news editor admits: “We slanted the news towards a withdrawal from Lebanon – because we had sons there.”…

“Three broadcasters – Carmela Menashe, Shelly Yechimovich [now a Labor party Knesset Member – ed.], and I – pushed in every way possible the withdrawal from Lebanon towards 2000. In our newsroom, three of the editors had sons in Lebanon, and we took it upon ourselves as a mission – possibly not stated – to get the IDF out of Lebanon… I have no doubt that we promoted an agenda of withdrawal that was a matter of public dispute.”

At this point, Army Radio broadcaster Golan Yochpaz interrupted, “In my opinion, that is just super-problematic – super-problematic.” Naveh did not miss a beat and said, “Correct, I’m admitting it, I’m not apologizing, I’m just saying this is what happened. It came from our guts because of the boys in Lebanon, this is what we did and I’m not sorry… I am very proud that we had a part in getting of our sons out of Lebanon.”

This sounds … familiar:

Israeli journalists have previously admitted that the media was largely enlisted on behalf of the Disengagement/expulsion from Gush Katif and northern Shomron. “I have failed. We have failed,” wrote Kaveh Shafran, political affairs correspondent for Israel Army Radio shortly before the expulsion was carried out. “As a diplomatic correspondent, I was among those who in the past year were supposed to tell the public exactly what is the Disengagement Plan, why it was created, how it will be implemented… The media’s conspiracy of silence protected Sharon when he fired cabinet ministers who did not support disengagement…”

Leftist media contrition for not being even more blatantly opposed to the ruling right-wing administration’s policies: it’s nice to know some things transcend boundaries of language and culture.

Exit question: Given what we know about the BBC, did the fact that these tools worked for the state broadcasting authority make it more or less likely that they’d pull this?