Not even slightly fair and balanced
And one lesson that some are finding hard to learn is that the last thing we need right now is a climate of scaremongering and rabble-rousing. So it should surprise no-one that this is exactly what is being peddled by Melanie “not just Barking but halfway to Upminster” Phillips, not only in her latest broadcast for the Voice Of Israel, but also as a columnist for Rupe’s allegedly upmarket troops at the Times.
The thought that the attacks in France were the work of three individuals is not allowed to enter, as Mel asks “Will France save itself from barbarism?” Listeners were asked “Does the west even now understand what it is facing?” More pertinent might have been to ask if Mel knows what on earth she is rabbiting on about.
But she was, by now, on to her roster of suitably like-minded talking heads: “Nidra Poller tells me on [Voice Of Israel] today’s rally [is] heartening but France can’t combat rocket launchers [and] Kalashnikovs”. Yeah, right. Considering that all of the attackers ended up dead, one might conclude that France could combat whatever they were armed with rather well - once the response was mobilised.
Then it’s on to the allegedly “disturbing” British reaction, and to no surprise at all, her chosen talking head is none other than Doug Murray The K, who, it is claimed - no laughing at the back, now - is an “Islamism analyst”: “Douglas Murray tells me on [Voice Of Israel] despite French slaughter by Islamists Brits fret over threat to Muslims”. Baloney. What Murray means is that he can’t get his bigotry accepted everywhere.
But by now Mel was in full flow: “On [Voice Of Israel] I argue Muslim anti-Semitism [is the] core of Jihad. West fails to realise own fate bound up with Jews & Israel”. Yes Mel, that’s why the gunmen kicked off by murdering ten journalists and two Police officers, one of whom was a Muslim. There’s anti-Semitism for you.
And, to finish, the pièce de résistance is a characteristically ranting plug for Mel’s Times column. “Unless [the] west acknowledges Islamist holy war and its key driver, jihadi threat won’t be defused”. Which means what? “Jews, not cartoonists, are Islam’s real enemy”. Very good Mel - see above. You keep on frothing and ranting and ultimately, whatever the merits of the argument, the target audience will stop listening.