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It's hard-right, pro-business, pro-war, pro-occupation, anti-populist, sleazy and biased. It combines the worst of yellow journalism with juiced-up infotainment and junk food news.

It's a mouthpiece piece for Republican extremism. It long ago stopped pretending it's legitimate. It mocks real journalism. It's not tolerated on air.

Britain owns and operates BBC. It scrupulously follows government marching orders. It backs its imperial and neoliberal agenda.

Media Lens is an antidote to misinformation. Last July, co-editor David Edwards headlined "Blocked By The BBC," saying:

Its reports are notoriously pro-Israeli. Accuracy on Occupied Palestine is sorely lacking. Edwards asked Jon Williams, its World News Editor, to comment on Greg Philo/Mike Berry's book "More Bad News From Israel."

An updated edition analyzed BBC and ITV Cast Lead coverage. It was unconscionably biased. "The most striking feature of the news texts," said Philo and Berry, "is the dominance of the Israeli perspective, in relation to the causes of the conflict."

Truth and full disclosure got short shrift. One-sided Israeli support excludes accuracy of what happened and what's ongoing daily. In classic understatement, said Edwards, both writers said it's "difficult in the face of this to see how the BBC can sustain a claim to be offering balanced reporting."

Edwards called these serious, well-substantiated charges. Williams didn't respond. He blocked Media Lens from his Twitter page. He's not the only one. BBC's Middle East bureau chief, Paul Danahar, did the same thing.

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