Readers will probably recall an incident October last year (Source 1) on the Tonight with Vincent Browne Show on TV3 when the presenter referred to the State of Israel as "the cancer in foreign affairs" and accused the country of "polarising the Islamic community of the world against the rest of the world". People can review what he said in source 2.
Numerous complaints were subsquently sent to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and the BAI has decided that:
1. Vincent Browne didn't meet the standard that "news and current affairs, including matters of public controversy or debate be handled in a fair, objective and impartial manner".
2. The BAI also feels that the references to the State of Israel by Vincent Browne "were included without any apparent context or relevance to the discussion of the then forthcoming Presidential election in the United States of America" which was, after all, "the focus of the programme".
3. Furthermore, the BAI also feels that "the remarks constituted an editorial statement by the presenter that was not balanced by contributions from the programme guests".
4. Hence, the BAI concludes that the item "was [...] deemed to have failed to meet the requirement for fair, objective and impartial treatment of news and current affairs."
Readers can check source 3 for the judgments on the various complaints.
2. Tonight with Vincent Browne calls Israel "Cancer" - YouTube
I've started a new thread on this based on the manner in which ye are dealing with the Savita Halapannavar story, whereby the issue is not being dealt with under one thread.
Also, not even the news websites are reporting this yet.