Can TV Ever Present Objective Data?

The world of television is all too often typified by biased presentations produced by groups that never inform viewers of their own one-sided belief system. Lauren Booth, who works for Press TV, an outfit funded by the Iranian government, produced a documentary which allegedly presented objective information concerning the flotilla from Turkey which was intercepted by the Israel Defense Force in an engagement that resulted in the deaths of at least nine people on the ships. The “documentary” opens with a pro-Palestinian song and has a voice overview by Ms. Booth which comments: “Israeli commandoes committed a massacre of innocent civilians sailing aid ships to the besieged Gaza Strip…. this was obviously a barbarous attack on civilians.” Ofcom, a TV watchdog, condemned the biased presentation for its failure to offer alternative views regarding the incident. It charged Ms. Booth with violating basic TV guidelines of objectivity.

I opposed action by Israel in this incident. Nine innocent people were killed, and if one seeks to use the word, “murdered” it would be acceptable. But to term the action a “massacre” renders the word inoperative as a descriptive adjective. It was an attack, it involved murdering innocent people, but this is not a massacre. The Israel government has a point of view which differs from my own. It claims the flotilla was organized by groups seeking to create violence and place the Israel government in a bad light. I do not agree with this view.