UPDATE: ICAHD spokesman Bruno Jäntti lies in last night’s debate spreading across the Finnish blogosphere (h/t: Vasarahammer). Will that stop YLE from using him as a source from now on? I doubt it. Click here for more.
More taxpayer money down the crapper.
That’s how YLE generally reports on Israel, emotionalism peppered with pali propaganda points in place of cold hard facts. Year after year YLE promotes shoddy, ideologically based journalism in place of informative reporting and impartial discussion panels for the viewer (read = taxpayer).
The Tundra Tabloids hears from a source privy to what occurred at YLE last night. The participants were told by the journalists in the studio that they wanted to see heated exchanges, the debate panel was told to be emotional and steer clear of facts. The journalists even said to avoid discussing UN resolutions etc.
The host of the show, Jan Anderson, a longtime hack journalist at YLE , (who will forever be remembered for the soft ball questions he fielded the former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf in a YLE interview during a state visit to Finland in 2004.) showed extreme ignorance of the conflict and of Hamas in general, while he allowed the Arab (seated right) to go on and on about how Israel doesn’t adhere to international resolutions etc.
Overall the Finnish viewer was treated to a lopsided event, but the panel on the left, Dennis Mitzner and Simo Elo, held their ground and showed themselves to be rational and reasonable, as well as being more on point.
Everyone who reads this blog regularly already knows exactly what I think of YLE, it sucks, and Jan Anderson is a clear reminder why YLE sucks. When ignorance and ideology reigns supreme over the facts, it’s high time to end YLE for good, and let people use their freed up tax euros to purchase their preferred cable programming instead.
The Program (in Finnish) is available here.