BBC admits reporter was biased

Sunday, November 27, 2005 | 
Britain's BBC television network admitted that one of its correspondents who burst into tears when the late Yasser Arafat was flown out of Ramallah was biased. In a statement published on its Web site, the BBC said correspondent Barbara Plett "breached the requirements of due impartiality." In an Oct. 30, 2004 broadcast, Plett reported, “When the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose from his ruined compound, I started to cry.” Her comments evoked furious complaints from several viewers. BBC governors initially cleared Plett, but this week the network changed its position. Arafat died on November 11 at the age of 75.

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