Tue Jun 26, 2012, 05:26 AM
dipsydoodle (32,668 posts)
Our coverage of the Arab Spring was over-excited, admits BBC
Last edited Tue Jun 26, 2012, 05:28 AM USA/ET - Edit history (1)
The BBC’s coverage of the Arab Spring has been heavily criticised – by the corporation’s bosses.
Head of news Helen Boaden admitted that her journalists got carried away with events and produced ‘over-excited’ reports.
She told a BBC Trust report that in Libya, where reporters were ‘embedded’ with rebels, they may have failed to explore both sides of the story properly.
Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen was among those criticised in the study into coverage of the uprisings, which found that ‘excitement’ did sometimes ‘infect’ the reporting, which some viewers described as ‘too emotive’ and ‘veering into opinion’.
The document, published yesterday, also raised concerns about the corporation’s use of footage filmed on mobile phones and other user-generated content. It noted that the BBC failed to warn viewers with ‘caveats’ about the ‘authenticity’ of such footage in 74 per cent of cases.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2164536/BBCs-coverage-Arab-Spring-sporadic-ignoring-uprisings-failed-favour-big-stories-Libya-Egypt.html#ixzz1ytEUFknS
BBC's own link to subject : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18576502
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Our coverage of the Arab Spring was over-excited, admits BBC (Original post)
Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)
Tue Jun 26, 2012, 05:34 AM
MADem (86,075 posts)
1. Whenever one sees a large square packed with people, one tends to get a bit excited.
Egypt, Teheran, no matter--those big crowds are just pretty damned impressive.
Good that they're looking at their footage (sourcing) and attitudes. Never hurts to do a little introspection.
Response to MADem (Reply #1)
Tue Jun 26, 2012, 07:39 PM
Igel (17,557 posts)
2. Yes, they do.
You see a crowd of 10,000 in a city of 10,000,000 and you assume that somehow that 0.1% is a truly meaningful, randomly selected and representative number. You've already assumed that the 10,000,000 in the city, 10% of the country's population, is the truly meaningful portion of the country's population.
So you're making a decision based on 0.01% of the country's population.
Then when you interview 10 out of the 10,000--those who will happily talk to you--you assume that that non-random 0.1% out of a non-random 0.01% is actually a very good representative sample.
This based on your reporter's required 1 year of statistics, semester of sampling techniques and the follow-up semester of error analysis in journalism school, no doubt.
Humility, good. Innumeracy, bad. Emotional attachment to and advocacy of one point of view in a story in a reporter (or a scientist) is just plain evil in a secular, rational society.
Now, if they could be a bit less field dependent and see the facts and problems aren't just found in one particular but also extend to other, similar cases we'd be getting somewhere. Instead, we'll have a round of panels in which reporters sit and say that they don't think they did this, they're the best qualified to judge their own ethics and behavior and that this person is just plain misguided.