Thursday, 16 February 2012

SBS: Totem of trite propaganda under the aegis of 'drama of myths.''

Thursday, 16 February 201211 05 5 am

SBS: Totem of trite propaganda under the aegis of 'drama of myths.'

Why do SBS never feel the yearning to produce a series on children surviving childhood under the reign of raining bombs? How would those building houses in spacious Glebe feel about leftists denying them their property and moral rights? Oh - never mind their toddlers surviving bombs!
Contemplate how the socially - aware would welcome this incipient cauldron of capriciously - selected tripe, more honestly depicted as  A totem of trite propaganda under the aegis of 'drama - of - myths?'
They could call it: The mouth that bombed the cradle
Helen Darville would gladly write it, non? 

My analogies are not a defacto reconfiguring, inversion of history, a malfeasant insult, work of mere spin, a mere travesty of mere history.
It is caustic and sadly, if it gets published will be similarly distorted by the propagandists who remain wilfully blind.
In their world they never find the need to apologise; indeed SBS admits they would do it again!

Thus is history rewritten in our time - it is written by the inversion of aggressive  losers depicted as victims - the victims as aggressors - all vindicated by their outrageous defence of the indefensible, the undeniable - which they will of course deny with a storm - a stream of irrelevant tripe.

This is the way of the left: there is no need for promulgating absolute truth in their post - modern world. 

To add a further insult - they insist that it it is all acceptable because ''... in spite of the controversy it was of sufficient quality and  interest to warrant being broadcast.''
Vale decency.

Geoff Seidner

SBS knew Israel drama would offend Jews, Lib senators insist

SBS screened the controversial drama The Promise in the knowledge it would offend the Jewish community, Liberal senators have claimed.
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry denounced the British program, set in the final days of the British mandate in Palestine ahead of the founding of Israel, as anti-Semitic when it screened late last year, saying it breached SBS racism guidelines.
The program provoked a furore when it aired in Britain earlier in the year.
Under questioning from Victorian Liberal senator Helen Kroger in estimates, SBS managing director Michael Edeid said the broadcaster entered into a pre-sale deal with the producers of The Promise knowing the subject matter would be controversial.
He said when SBS received a series of complaints about the program, an internal probe was launched to determine whether it would be aired. The review board, which included Mr Edeid, decided to go ahead. "SBS appears to have put a business decision ahead of independent assessments, which determined that it was offensive to the Jewish community," Senator Kroger said.

"Equally concerning was Mr Edeid's assertion that, with hindsight, he would make the same decision to put the program to air."
An SBS spokesman said Mr Edeid had emphasised the program was a drama and a work of fiction. "SBS did review the program carefully before it went to air and determined that, despite the potential for controversy, it was of sufficient quality and interest to warrant being broadcast," he said.
"SBS accepts that it will, from time to time, broadcast programs that offend some individuals or groups."
The spokesman said that following representations from members of the Jewish community after the first episode, SBS broadcast a message before the three subsequent episodes to emphasise to viewers that the program was fictional, rather than a documentary or factual account of historical events.
He told The Australian the broadcaster had received several complaints alleging that the program breached its codes of practice. "These were reviewed in accordance with SBS's normal procedures and it was determined that no breach had occurred."
He added that complainants dissatisfied with the SBS response were free to refer the matter to the broadcasting watchdog, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, but SBS was unaware of any doing so to date.


Angelic Arabs and murderous Jews add up to televisual propaganda

PROPAGANDA comes in many forms. The British/French mini-series, The Promise, recently shown over four consecutive Sundays on SBS TV, is a particularly insidious example. It tells the story of a British girl, Erin, just out of school, who stays with the family of her closest friend in Israel during the second intifada.
She has taken the diary of her grandfather Len, who served as a British soldier in mandate Palestine from 1945 to 1948, so the action switches between the British battling the treacherous Jews in the 1940s and the brutal Israelis oppressing the Palestinians today.
Although promoted as a drama, it effectively purported to be a depiction of historical events. However, the series was characterised by crudely propagandist messages directed against Israel and Jews.
Booker Prize winning novelist Howard Jacobson captured succinctly the manipulation that is awash throughout the series: "Though I, too, have found Palestinians to be people of immense charm, I could only laugh in derision at The Promise every time another shot of soft-eyed Palestinians followed another shot of hard-faced Jews."

There was a flurry of official complaints made to SBS by individuals and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Stepan Kerkyasharian, the chairperson of the Community Relations Commission of NSW and former head of SBS Radio, wrote to SBS saying "the portrayal of an entire nation in a negative light as part of a dramatic work is not acceptable." However, the broadcaster's complaints committee - which consists solely of SBS employees, with five of the seven members the network's own senior producers - unsurprisingly judged otherwise. The complaints committee argued that the depiction of Jews and Arabs were "incidental to the main purpose of the storyline in the drama series as a whole; namely the dramatisation of two personal journeys made some 60 years apart as a young girl becomes obsessed with her grandfather's diary". But the sheer quantity of incidents designed to negatively portray all Jewish and Israeli characters makes the vilification and historical misrepresentation far more than incidental. Arabs are almost all portrayed sympathetically, while Jews in Mandate Palestine are murderous, Jews in present-day Israel are callous, and Israeli soldiers are capricious and brutal. The Promise blames Jews - largely portrayed as foreign invaders who enforce their usurpation by racist policies and murderous terrorism - for the violence leading up to the 1948 war.

There is no mention of Arab attacks before 1948, including the 1886 attack on Petah Tikva, attacks against Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall in 1911, pogroms against Jews in 1920, 1921 and 1929, the Hebron Massacre in 1929, the years of widespread Arab terror between 1936 and 1939 and atrocities committed by Palestinians against Jews in the period 1946-8.
Nor does the series portray the decision of the Palestinian leadership and the Arab League to use force to prevent the implementation by the UN of its resolution in favour of partition in November 1947, which the Jews accepted and the Arabs rejected.
The series does not attempt to convey the historical and legal justifications for the establishment of Israel, implying that Israel exists solely as a consequence of the Holocaust. Ignored were the waves of mass Jewish immigration into the country between 1881 and 1939 and that Jewish immigrants established the institutions of statehood - government, civil society and a viable economy - well before the Holocaust. The series does not mention the British obligation to establish a Jewish national home in Palestine under the only legal basis for Britain's presence in the country in the first place - the 1920 League of Nations mandate. The series is silent on the Jewish connection to the land of Israel for more than 3000 years, the continuous Jewish presence in Palestine over that time, and Israel's many efforts to make peace with its Arab neighbours from 1947 onwards.
Apparently after becoming aware of the inaccuracies, SBS decided, from the second episode, to preface it with a disclaimer that misleadingly read: "This program is a work of fiction inspired by a true story". Then apparently acknowledging the program was not inspired by any "true story" subsequent episodes were prefaced with the disclaimer "This is a drama inspired by the accounts of British soldiers who served in Palestine", regrettably deleting the word "fictional". None of these captions made it clear The Promise is simply fictional drama - as SBS subsequently argued it was in dismissing complaints about it. But this appears to be a pretence seized on by the SBS executives unwilling to acknowledge the truth - The Promise was agitprop that reinforced dangerous stereotypes and violated SBS's obligations under its charter not to broadcast material that damages mutual understanding.
Jamie Hyams and Tzvi Fleischer work at the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council

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