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BBC Admit Their Pakistan Floods Claim Was False

By Paul Homewood | Not A Lot Of People Know That | November 13, 2022

There’s been an interesting follow up to BBC’s recent story about the Pakistan floods at the end of August.

Readers will recall that the claim that one third of the country was under water immediately set off my BS detector, and I did a full analysis here, totally debunking it.

But just a couple of days after my piece, the BBC’s More or Less radio programme also looked at the claim, after some viewers had complained.

They interviewed an environmental scientist who checked out what the various satellite records indicated. His conclusion was that the true figure was that about 10% of the country had been affected by floods, and much of this was short term.

In fact, all the BBC had to do was what I did in a few minutes, and check what NASA were reporting.

It was plainly evident that nothing like a third of the country had flooded. Indeed a simple look at the map would have shown them that much of Pakistan is either mountainous or desert, which would be impossible to flood.

They could also have checked with the UN disaster agency, OCHA, who were publishing regular reports on the flooding.

According to them, the area affected was 75000 sq km, or 9% of the country.

In fact, these are precisely the sort of checks the BBC should have carried out before making their absurd claim. One which anybody with an ounce of common sense, or integrity, would have immediately suspected was wrong.

It is doubly ironic that the BBC’s defence was that the one third claim had been widely reported across the media. This shows just how utterly corrupt most of the media is nowadays.

November 13, 2022 - Posted by | Fake News, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Science and Pseudo-Science |

1 Comment »

  1. “It is doubly ironic that the BBC’s defence was that the one third claim had been widely reported across the media. This shows just how utterly corrupt most of the media is nowadays”.

    When a Media owner like Rupert Murdoch has so much power (In Australia, Britain, and the USA) there is something terribly wrong with what we are expected to read, and believe.

    I believe that Al Jazeera, the Arab broadcaster, was started by disgruntled BBC reporters several years ago. Shouldn’t the alarm bells have been ringing loud and clear then?

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation(funded by Australia’s Tax Payers) has been under constant threat of de-funding (and has been defunded to some measure, slowly weakening it), whenever the right wing Liberal Party are in power.

    All this, while Murdoch is constantly able to spread outrageous propaganda, without rebuke.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 13, 2022 | Reply


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