Quiet, factual, unhistrionic — last night’s Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal was all the more effective for those qualities. Images of suffering were matched to scripted assertion and then backed up by statistics.
Sixty per cent of Gaza was living in poverty: 300,000 were without access to running water; 40 per cent were without electricity. There was less editorialising than the most objective BBC correspondent’s dispatch. “Several hundred have been killed,” said the voiceover. Note the passive voice. “Today this is not about the rights and wrongs of the conflict.” Israel was not mentioned.
BBC looks all the worse for this.