Guardian still feeds the anti-israel beast
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.