BBC News website headline misleads on White House statement

BBC Watch

h/t D

Visitors to the BBC News website’s Middle East page on February 3rd found a headline telling them that “New Israel settlements ‘may harm’ peace”.

may-harm-peace-on-hp-3-2The same headline remained on that page on February 4th, 5th and 6th.

may-harm-peace-on-hp-4-5-6That headline relates to a statement put out by the White House press secretary on February 2nd. The words ‘may harm’ do not however appear anywhere in that statement.

wh-press-sec-2-2We know that the BBC knows that too because the article to which that headline directs readers runs under the accurate title “New Israel settlements ‘may not be helpful’ to peace, says US” and in the body of the report readers are told that:

“Building new Israeli settlements “may not be helpful” to achieving peace with Palestinians, the White House has said. […]

In the statement on Thursday, the White House said:…

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