The BBC’s Olympics website has listed Israel as having no capital city, while it named East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, causing anger in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bureau.

In response to omitting mention of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Netanyahu’s foreign press and public affairs adviser sent a letter of protest to the BBC, and launched a Facebook page calling to pressure the BBC.

Following pressure, the BBC altered Israel’s page to note that the ‘seat of government’ is in Jerusalem, and altered Palestine’s page to note that the ‘intended seat of government’ is in East Jerusalem. Read more.

Dave’s chillaxing: when news becomes comment | Daniel Finkelstein

There’s a perfect example in this morning’s Telegraph of why it is impossible to separate news from comment. The paper reports that the Prime Minister ordered a pint of beer and talked to some friends in a pub.

The purpose of this article was to imply that David Cameron wasn’t working hard enough on the euro crisis.

Without that obvious underlying meaning – driven by the Telegraph’s dissatisfaction with his leadership – the entire story would have been: Extraordinary feat! Man drinks entire pint of beer! Together with his wife!

Lord Leveson is puzzled by the fact that separating news and comment is part of the PCC code, but hasn’t been implemented. This story provides an answer: the selection of news and the tone of the story constitute the comment – without a word of “comment” being included.

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Read more: Carol Midgley | We need more pubs that let children in

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Bacon, eggs and Ofcom | Daniel Finkelstein

Recently I received a tweet from someone who had been watching me on TV. He felt I didn’t appreciate the concern over BskyB’s bid not being referred to Ofcom.

I informed him that it had been and gently tried to make the point that the public weren’t concerned about Ofcom because very few of them knew what Ofcom was or what it did.Description: http://assets.tumblr.com/javascript/tiny_mce_3_4_7/themes/advanced/img/trans.gif

A poll of 2,000 young people in this morning’s Times found that 33 per cent didn’t know that eggs came from hens and 36 per cent didn’t know that bacon came from pigs.

I am confident about my Ofcom point.

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Gorillas in the mist (of the Leveson Inquiry) | Daniel Finkelstein

Rupert Murdoch says he talked to Gordon Brown shortly after The Sun endorsed the Conservatives in September 2009. Gordon Brown says that he did not. One of them, under oath, must be lying.

Not quite. 

One of the most striking features of the Leveson Inquiry has been how much most people seem to have forgotten.

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