By Stephen Pollard
January 18, 2010
We were hacked yesterday afternoon. For a few hours, there was a crazed message about Jews, vampires, Israel and usury. After trying to check the source of the hack, we took the decision to close the site until we had worked out who the culprits were and how they got in. We've now done that, and I'm pleased to say we are back up, with no lasting damage.
But one thing I've learned from this is how dreadful some reporters are. A chap - Raphael - called me from AP. I told him I had nothing to add to what he knew, because I didn't know anything, and that if he called me back later I'd update him. He asked me if I thought it could be related to last week's Israeli spat with Turkey. I don't want to speculate, I said, because I've absolutely no evidence to go on.
This is how the idiot reported it:
Pollard said that the attack might be related to the diplomatic feud that
erupted between Israel and Turkey last week, but added: ''I don't want to
No. He put something to me and I said I wouldn't speculate.
Is it any wonder that AP has such a bad reputation for the accuracy of its Middle East reporting, when its journalists can't even report a 'no comment' properly?