Tepid BBC report on Lebanese Olympic team’s bigoted agitprop

BBC Watch

On the morning of August 7th an item billed “Lebanon and Israel teams in bus dispute” appeared on the BBC News website’s homepage and Middle East page.

Olympics bus story on HPThe link led to a short report by BBC Sport which is more accurately headlined “Rio 2016 Olympics: Lebanese athletes refuse to travel with Israel team“.

“Lebanese athletes refused to share a bus with the Israel team to get to Friday’s Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony, members of both teams said.

Lebanon and Israel are officially at war and have no diplomatic relations.

The incident happened as the Lebanon team sat on the bus waiting to head to the Maracana stadium, before demanding the Israeli athletes must not board.

Israel’s athletes insisted on doing so, but the two teams were eventually taken to the ceremony in different buses.”

Much of BBC Sport’s report appears to have been recycled from an…

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