Fair and accurate reporting on the Middle East?

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The media monitoring group, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, or FAIR, studied 1,617 on-camera US sources on the reporting of the 2003 invasion of Iraq between March 20 and April 9, 2003.

They found 71 per cent of all US sources were pro-war, only three per cent anti-war.

The UK didn’t fair much better.

Two studies, by Cardiff University and the German-based Media Tenor, found that the BBC gave just two per cent of its coverage to anti-war views in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq.

The same scenario exists now with the current conflict in the Middle East where important news stories are being ignored.

For example, Israel’s support for the Syrian rebels, aka Islamic State, the fact that Islamic State has been armed and funded by Gulf states and trained by the US in Turkey, and the fact that when NATO say they are bombing ISIS positions they are really bombing Syrian infrastructure, as the West’s main goal is not to defeat ISIS but regime change in Syria.

Louis Shawcross