Guardian still feeds the anti-is­rael beast

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

THIS WEEK I saw at first hand how happy the

is to dis­tort the truth, when it comes to Is­rael and Jews.

For some years, the had an open ac­cess pol­icy for its blogs. Any­one who wanted to, could set one up. We had no in­volve­ment at all in the process — any more than, for in­stance, the does when peo­ple leave com­ments on its site.

Last au­tumn, we were alerted to the fact that a man with Bri­tish Na­tional Party af­fil­i­a­tions had started a blog. We im­me­di­ately blocked his ac­cess to the site to pre­vent him post­ing again.

That was the end of the mat­ter un­til ear­lier this month, when some­one searched our archives and found his three posts, buried in­side.

Glee­fully, the an­ti­semitic MPACUK site, along with Stephen Sizer (the vicar whose views we have cov­ered in the pa­per) an­nounced that we had a BNP blog­ger, im­ply­ing that we had in­vited him, and with­out men­tion­ing the fact that we had banned him.

A jour­nal­ist then got in touch about the story. I told him ex­actly what I’ve writ­ten above.

Then, last Fri­day, the pub­lished a diary story which sim­ply made up its own ver­sion: that I had lied be­cause I had told their jour­nal­ist that we had re­moved all trace of the BNP blogs in Septem­ber.

But at no point had I ever said that to any­one.

Patently, we didn’t re­move the posts — the story only broke be­cause some­one saw his blogs in our ar­chive ear­lier this month.

It took four days, but even­tu­ally the pa­per pub­lished a cor­rec­tion on Tues­day.

By then, the story had trav­elled around the web, with anti-is­rael and an­ti­semitic ac­tivists leap­ing in joy at my be­ing sup­pos­edly ex­posed as a liar.

That’s how the op­er­ates. Pub­lish dis­tor­tions, feed the anti-is­rael beast — and then much later, grudg­ingly cor­rect.

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