BBC, the Comical State Media Playing Catch Up

By Estifanos Marko,

Here is this comical corporate media taking it over 26hours before it finally decides to write the biggest story at the Olympic Marathon where Silver Medalist, Feyisaa Lilesa show a sign of protest at the finish line.

Despite the fact that the BBC was televising the Olympic Marathon Live and knew exactly what that X-armed protest meant, it is certain that it had made a conscious decision to muffle it up.

The BBC commentator Brendon Rogers, who, as the official promoter of Ethiopian athletics, is personally very familiar with the athletes themselves let alone with Lelisa’s protest sign against brutal human right abuse in Ethiopia.

As soon as Lelisa raised his hands in “X” form above his head when crossing the finish line, the screen switched back to the studio and never did anyone in it say anything about Lelisa let alone his protest. Even all the UK print media as well as their online sites had written the stories quite extensively. The Independent, the Guardian, the Evening Standard and even the NY-Time as well as NBC had written quite extensively.

Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms above his head to draw attention to deadly protests in Oromia. Despite being the biggest story at the Olympic marathon, the BBC only reported 26 hours later. (Getty Image)

It’s no more strange to the public that the state affiliated media, the BBC, deciding to finally join the bandwagon than its initial decision to muffle up the protest. But it had already spread like wildfire through the most powerful social networking sites.

One thing the BBC might draw a lesson from this saga is that the BBC is a spent force with little or no credibility. Few take it seriously and even fewer depend on it as source of news. The most influential media was indeed the SNS (Social Networking) and the thousands of citizen journalists that pulled the string as far as the currency of the story was concerned. The BBC is only following the trend. Besides, the crowd funding for Lelisa Feyisaa wouldn’t have been possible without the SNS.

Once again, the BBC was irrelevant because until a couple hours ago this afternoon and more than 24 hours after the incident, the only news of significance that one could have found searching through the BBC’s own search engine on Feyisaa Lelisa was only his 2009 marathon victory at the Dublin Marathon.

Now that it seemed to dawn on the BBC that it ain’t as influential as it thought of itself, it finally decided to join the bandwagon so that they won’t look irrelevant as far as such a big story is concerned.

Better late than never, but again even after 26 hours behind in reporting it, the BBC can’t help trying to spin the story. The BBC might have felt it was helping relieve the pressure on their favourite murderous puppet regime in Ethiopia when it tried to spin the story by downplaying the cross-armed protest sign in a caption under the picture below as……..” “X” symbol is used by in protests against the Ethiopian government attempts to reallocate land”.

At least, for BBC’s standard in the usage of English language, even the English used in its caption was as terrible as their political motives. Perhaps the editor was so nervously busy juggles through words that could be best to use in order to spin the story that it totally forgot to pay attention to its grammar. Haha!!

The BBC has the reputation of changing their content quite quietly without many fanfare or apology. For that reason, it’s advisable to take a screenshot of the original “news” for the record before it inevitably decides to change it again in order to stay relevant and not exposed. One way or another, the technology is in everybody’s hands today that the BBC is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t. It stays more irrelevant by the day, if not by the hour.

Last Olympics in London, it didn’t take the BBC half an hour to go on a full gas trumpeting on a story when the flop Weynay Ghebreselassie decided to go on a self defeating senseless propaganda campaign against his home country Eritrea on the BBC.

It was remembered the whole drama went topsy-turvy when Weynay, as a flag bearer on the opening day, went on a rampage against his own dignity, it also severely damaged the credibility of that of the BBC by indulging only to one side of the story and denying its viewers a fair and balanced story on its state media.

Whatever happened to Weynay now is history but right now, as far as the BBC and the establishment that it serves is concerned, what is happening to the minority TPLF regime in Ethiopia seems to be worrying it to death.

I feel sorry for those who pay the license fee that is financing such a lie-machine constantly doing a massive disservice to the public.

16 thoughts on “BBC, the Comical State Media Playing Catch Up

  1. You said it all with the Phrase ” … saga is that the BBC is a spent force with little or no credibility. Few take it seriously and even fewer depend on it as source of news. The most influential media was indeed the SNS (Social Networking)….” .Thanks for such an article.

    1. It’s funny you should mention that teddy. I read a story a while back that said most mainstream media get their stories from SNS now. So your absolutely correct.

      1. What’s Sad is brother even the COI used SOCIAL Media as a Source …they tried to bring up a post by the dog Dessale Berekhet as fact…It was the most shocking moment of my life. A FB post as a credible source for the UN šŸ™

  2. BBC is beholden to the goverment since its goverment media. Unless it benefits their nation they will drag their feet till the end. But something this public and big. They had stupid higher ups because this was going to get out regardless of what happened. So they should have bit the bullet and released a story. I’m guessing that getting conformation from their goverment of doing a negative story on a puppet state took a long time.

    1. It’s indeed mind-boggling, brother, the length these people are ready to go, to save this dead- dog- regime. From all my wondering, the conclusion I reached is that these people feel a sense of ownership when it comes to Ethiopia. 3000 year history of independence, my foot!

  3. No pay this garbage to BBC they are from no land anyway.The Ethopan people are already ther and nobody can stop the burn fire.Brit go home from whole Africa land now!!!!

  4. BBC has a catalogue of biases, spins and lies on the topic of Ethio-Eritrea war since 1998 alone. Who would forget the Old Patrick Gilkes, the Martin Plaut, the Alex Last and many other unnamed BBC ghost writers. All merchants of doom and death. Eritreans have long lost trust in their state propaganda machination.

    1. INDEED!!! That’s when it hit us Eritreans like a ton of brick that the respected BBC was not there to report the truth, that it was not an honest and independent media but a tool for diversion, misinformation, and psychological warfare. It’s all clear now. Nobody takes them seriously anymore, one can get accurate news elsewhere thanks to the INTERNET!!

  5. Personally I don’t trust or respect the report from BBC especially when it relate to Africa and its people. I also believe BBC has a hidden agenda against the Eritrean Nation as far as 1941. It’s report always try to paint Eritrea’s image with the darkest color. Its reporters (paid agents) who were invited to visit the country by Eritrean government were fishing for garbage from the dumpster. They took photos of shipping containers to score a cheap propaganda while missing the breathtaking views of a peaceful country and the images of beautiful people to show to their readers. .

    1. ā€We have a very complicated relationship with the press, but weā€™ve decided to give it a try. Let people come here and report what they want. We recently let a team from BBC in and that experience was an enormous disappointment. They were dishonest. But we said we would give them the chance, and we did. Itā€™s up to them that they threw it away. What we want is for people to come here, have a look and draw their own conclusions.ā€

      Yemane Gebreab talking to Martin Schibbey

      1. Thank you TesfaNews for the link, it was very informative for all journalists who desire to learn or know or witness the realty of Eritrea as a nation. The Swedish journalist asked whatever question they wanted to ask and got straight frank answers with all the individuals they interacted. For those pseudo journalists from BBC did not need to visit Eritrea to write a fabricated stories. They could have written their fabrication at a London CafƩ, without setting a foot in Eritrea.

  6. US Secretary of State, John Kerry, was in the capital Nairobi this week to talk on the issue of South Sudan. He held a series of meetings with five foreign ministers, i.e. from Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia but not from Ethiopia.

    Is this how the U.S want to send message to the TPLF thugs in connection to the worsening human right violations in the country?

    1. I understand what you mean Tesfa but my take is like this: it’s rather like the mob boss is distancing himself from his disappointing thug.

  7. I agree–BBC tv is too late. It’s already lost popularity to Aljazeera, CNN, France 24, to mention. The BBC WS radio is still excellent

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