BBC: We got it wrong on West Bank massacre

The British Broadcasting Corp. “got it wrong” in its reporting of the massacre of the Fogel family by Palestinians in the West Bank village of Itamar, the broadcaster’s outgoing director-general said at a parliamentary committee hearing.

Mark Thompson of the BBC made the admission June 19 while being quizzed by Conservative Member of Parliament Louise Mensch, according to the London Jewish Chronicle. Mensch complained about the light coverage of the killings on BBC radio and television programs.

Thompson, according to the Chronicle, responded that the story occurred during a “very busy news period,” including the fighting in Libya and the tsunami in Japan, and that “news editors were under a lot of pressure.”

He reportedly added, “Having said that, it was certainly an atrocity which should have been covered across our news bulletins that day … .We made a mistake in this instance.”

In March 2011, Palestinians entered the Fogels’ home and murdered the parents and three of their children. Two Palestinian men were each sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the murders. — jta