Guardian's shame


By Stephen Pollard
January 27, 2011
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You might be interested in our leader in tomorrow's paper, on the Guardian's handling of the Palestine Papers. 

Here it is in full:

Guardian's shame

As a general rule, it ill behoves one newspaper to attack another.
But there are exceptions to every rule. The Guardian's behaviour this week, even by its own often disreputable standards over Israel, has been simply shocking.

In collaboration with Al Jazeera, it has presented a series of leaked memos written by Palestinian Authority negotiators with Israel.
Not presented them so much as lobbed them, doused with petrol, into a tinderbox - and hoped for a result. There is nothing, of itself, wrong with the Guardian publishing its scoop; all serious newspapers relish
scoops.

What is very wrong is the way the paper chose to present its story: the distortions, the bias, the agenda, the spin and the breathtaking arrogance of its handing down instructions to the Palestinians of how
they should behave. Make no mistake: the Guardian's presentation was, as David Landau puts it, "intended to poison the Palestinians against their leaders". And to poison the world against Israel. Take the quote from Saeb Erekat, in which he was reported to have made an offer to Israel of "the biggest Yerushalayim in Jewish history". This was used to attack the Israelis for their intransigence.

"Israel spurned Palestinian offer of biggest Yerushalayim in history'' ran the headline. Nowhere was the preceding sentence from Erekat to be seen: "Israelis want the two-state solution but they don't trust. They want it more than you think, sometimes more than Palestinians.

Erekat himself was acknowledging the Israelis' desire for a solution. But because such a view does not fit with the Guardian's agenda, his words were brazenly distorted. The paper's editorial then attacked the Palestinian negotiators for being "craven", arguing that their apparent willingness to make concessions was a betrayal of the Palestinian people.

So it was hardly surprising, although still shameful, that on Wednesday it gave its main comment space to Hamas to threaten "practical measures" to "regain the initiative".

Hamas' practical measures need no elaboration. The Guardian crossed a line this week. It has not practised journalism but rather hardcore political activism, playing with people's lives.

 

COMMENTS

Joe Millis

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 18:58

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That's not the worst of it. On the same day, the Guardian had a letter justifying terrorism -- that is, murder -- against Israelis.


Yoni1

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:20

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As far as I am concerned, the Guardian has crossed the line from being an antisemitic to being a Nazi publication. If not with the PA papers, if not even with giving a platform to a genocidal, neo-Nazi organisation, then with publishing that letter, which is a serious criminal offence.
In a sane country, which sadly the UK is not, its publisher and chief editor would now be facing a criminal trial and the prospect of several years in prison.


mattpryor

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:23

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I think the Guardian will find themselves in a lot of trouble with British SIS after yesterday's edition.


amber

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:25

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Thank you Mr Pollard - the relentless vilifying of the Jewish state by the Guardian has been disgusting. The Palestine Papers is just the latest manifestation of this hatred - anti-Semitic comments on Cif have been tolerated for a long time, whilst Guardian editorails are obsessed with attacking Israel. And, as Joe points out above, they are now even stooping to publishing letters in support of the murder of innocents.

This is a sickness. Just what is Rusbridger thinking?


Joe Millis

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:39

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After that letter, a complaint to the PCC is in order.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:53

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Well said

The Guardian is a sewer and the mouthpiece for Hamas and CP Scott - who was a proud Zionist - would be turning in his grave.

Kol Ha Kavod to all who have written this week to expose the filth: Melanie Phillips, Robin Shepherd, Emanuele Ottolenghe, Elder of Ziyon - and more.

Above all CIFWatch.com has been outstanding: 17 original articles lambasting The Guardian this week, plus cross-posts. Well done, guys!

Now it is time for people to stop buying this toilet paper and for advertisers to move elsewhere.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:54

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And Harrys Place of course too


Yoni1

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:06

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I agree entirely, Millis. In fact, I would suggest the CPS.
But is there a realistic prospect of achieving anything but mealy-mouthed bolierplate? They are 'the establishment', after all, 'good and earnest multiculturalists and anti-racists'.


jandrsimonson (not verified)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:34

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Do any of you seriously imagine that anyone at The Guardian loses a moments sleep over CIFWatch or is even aware that it exists ?


jandrsimonson (not verified)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:44

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or that a leader in The Jewish Chronicle is going to cause Rusbridger to slash his wrists ?


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:37

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Dream On, AsylumSon, Dream On - put your Nazi uniform on, do a few "Sieg Heils" in the mirror and Dream On ...


Yoni1

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:12

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Seconded, Jonathan.

Really, Simonson is the most moronic poster here by some distance.


Yoni1

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:13

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Oh dear, some idiot doesn't like my criticism of Al Guardian.


amber

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:28

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simonson, another nasty vindictive post from you. Are you really happy with letters extolling the virtues of killing Israelis? Are you really that far gone, that this doesn't register with you at all?

And, what's more, you're wrong. The Guardian is acutely aware of Cifwatch - the editor of Cif has frequently written on Cifwatch, trying to defend Cif's bias and explicit anti-Semitism, whilst a few years back, Rusbridger wrote a pompous and self-righteous article in the JC trying to fend off criticism from Jewish readers.

So - you're wrong.


zair (not verified)

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:22

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I think you need to turn your attention to Channel 4. These guys are obsessed with Israel too. I wonder if it's stuff like this people get so upset about?

http://www.channel4.com/news/filmmaker-tells-story-of-israelis-told-to-c...


zair (not verified)

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:26

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@Jonathan
'Melanie Phillips, Robin Shepherd, Emanuele Ottolenghe, Elder of Ziyon - and more''And Harrys Place of course too'

AKA the axis of evil


Yoni1

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:41

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Piss off, Zair, you give antisemites a bad name.


Jonathan Hoffman

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:41

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You have problems spelling "Coalition Of The Willing" - in common with most antisemites you are illiterate


Yoni1

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:42

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You should see Gert's illiteracy over at Millet's blog, Jonathan.


mattpryor

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 11:37

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A brave and principled article Stephen, well done and thank you.


Yvetta

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 18:56

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Well said, Stephen. I dips me lid.


steveabbott

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 19:13

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you guys - constantly banging on about the guardian. while most of the rest of the press in the uk is nauseatingly pro zionist, dont you think a teeny bit of balance a good thing? and what about the MSM in the US??? almost totally supportive of israel, terrified (as is congress) of aipac, and utterly incapable of doing its job - reporting unbiasedly on reality and bringing truth to its readers/viewers.

i think israel should be very very grateful for the contortions the MSM in the uk and the usa are prepared to put themselves into to promote a militaristic and expansionist israel - and probably best to just keep quiet about it, and go about your business.


Yoni1

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 19:28

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"constantly banging on about the guardian. while most of the rest of the press in the uk is nauseatingly pro zionist, dont you think a teeny bit of balance a good thing?"

What a totally moronic statement. Having non-antisemitic papers and antisemitic ones is not a question of 'balance'.


Yoni1

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 19:29

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"a militaristic and expansionist israel"

Piss off back to Stormfront, ignorant and thick antisemite.


steveabbott

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 20:57

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yoni 1:

i dont think your level of 'argument' is of value on this site. you may have more relevance on the football terraces, or in the playground.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 21:00

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Considering "steveabbott" was already banned for his antisemitic drivel and obviously has not learned the lesson, I suggest that his new pseudo be terminated.


steveabbott

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 21:07

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jose.

for your information warmonger, i have never been banned from this site. i have been away for a time, but now i am back - to confront your lack of humanity. i am actually trying to save israel from itself. if it continues along the path of agression and war, it will summon such a coalition of enemies that it will destroy itself. it has already by its actions in occupation, destroyed its soul.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 21:14

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i have never been banned from this site.

Why did you return with another pseudo?

i am actually trying to save israel from itself.

Leave that to Israelis, Nazi Abbott. The Nazi Germans also wanted to save the other countries from corruption of their blood by Jews...

it has already by its actions in occupation, destroyed its soul.

Did you have ever any soul, Nazi Abbott?


jose (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 21:17

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Abbott, the warmonger who supports Nazi terrorists of HAMAS and Hezbollah wants to give lessons of morality to people much better than him.
He persists in stating unsupported lies. Probably denies Holocaust also? And 9/11 was an inside job, also?


steveabbott

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 21:22

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jose:

fool! why did israel turn the amal militia into hezbollah? why did it create hamas? they are your babies - deal with them!


jose (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 21:29

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fool! why did israel turn the amal militia into hezbollah? why did it create hamas? they are your babies - deal with them!

HAHAHA! That fallacy is "heads I win, tails you lose!"

Israel deals with HAMAS and Hezbollah, remember, although the 'Palestinians' elected them democratically to power, just as the Nazi Germans were.
Deal with the consequences: Cast Lead plus the Lebanon war. Don't come crying for inexisting war crimes here. Try that on Electronic Intifada and ISM blogs.


shammas

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 12:52

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Af far as I can see the JC has crossed a line and many of the comments above about the Guardian are just barking

The JC under Stephen Pollard is introducing a neocon agenda into the Jewish community. I acknowledge that they publish articles by Jonathan Freedland however the editorial policy is very clear. It is one based on a "your are for us or against us" approach - as is this editorial - and it is one which is deeply unappealing. Of course, the JC wants to increase circulation as does any newspaper, this is not the way to do it in my view and I have stopped buying the JC in direct reaction to this new policy under Pollard. I'd suggest that he and other contributors to this charming thread read these two links "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment" by Peter Beinart http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/jun/10/failure-american-je... and for those using Nazi analogies see http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jan/27/rupert-mu...

Perhaps Pollard wants the JC to be bought out by Rupert Murdoch?


Yoni1

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 12:56

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Oh, piss off, shammas. Anyone still peddling the brainless insult 'neocon' needs to fix his own house first before laying into others.


jose (not verified)

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 12:58

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this is not the way to do it in my view and I have stopped buying the JC in direct reaction to this new policy under Pollard.

But think of all others who will start to buy it again!


jose (not verified)

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 13:02

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. I acknowledge that they publish articles by Jonathan Freedland

That, on the other hand, is intolerable, you're right!


Yoni1

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 13:14

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"i dont think your level of 'argument' is of value on this site."

Translation: "I am too thick to follow Yoni's concrete arguments and facts, and too much of an antisemite to try."


shammas

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 18:13

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Yoni1, see that Pollard gets readers in his own image

I seem to remember that Judaism has principles about use of language

However, you seem to feel your views whatever they may be (anti-zionist who knows based on your "response"?) allow you ignore these finer aspects of Jewish culture and to stoop to infantile insult rather than anything even close to reasoned debate.

jose, you tried slightly harder but still massive fail - sad to see this level of "discussion" on the JC web site.


Yoni1

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 18:32

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"I seem to remember that Judaism has principles about use of language"

You remember incorrectly.

"stoop to infantile insult"

The term 'neocon' is an infantile insult.
Try looking in the mirror first and fixing your own house, you might end up looking less stupid.


jose (not verified)

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 19:10

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jose, you tried slightly harder but still massive fail - sad to see this level of "discussion" on the JC web site.

Compared what you add to it, I must be considered brilliant!


amber

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 00:03

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abbot says publishing letters extolling the virtues of killing innocent Israelis constitutes "balance" in the media.

That says all you need to know about abbott.


jose (not verified)

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 06:29

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Considering there are enough antisemitic journals and blogs in the world, why should the JC blogs offer such a tribune to this hater?


suzanna

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 13:44

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Yes, but unlike the JC which is a local paper (mostly NW London) the Guardian is an internationaly recognised and respected news paper with a world class web site.

And also how on earth is the JC even remotely impartial?
So don't accuse others of what you are guilty of.


jose (not verified)

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 13:58

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the Guardian is an internationaly recognised and respected news paper with a world class web site.

HAHAHA ! It has the reputation of a rag infested by terror-supporting idiots and haters. Who would want the JC to look even remotely like that?


Yoni1

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 14:43

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"the Guardian is an internationaly recognised and respected news paper"

Only by morons and antisemites.


zair (not verified)

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 17:19

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No surprises here, when it was established that Israel was the rejectionist party the Israeli propaganda machine went into over drive. Articles like this, by one of the mouthpieces / apologists of the Israeli state, merely demonstrate this.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 17:42

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No surprises here, when it was established that Israel was the rejectionist party

Hmmm, you hateful ignorance of history is impressive!
Arabs rejected the UN partition plan and still reject it. Israel accepted it and still accept to negotiate without any condition (even without waiting that 'Palestinians' stop their violence and war crimes)!

Hater zair, you deserve what will happen to you.


Yoni1

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:30

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"Israel was the rejectionist party"

Antisemitic moron.


zair (not verified)

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:13

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Yoni & jose, or should I say dumb & dumber, read my post again, I was NOT referring to when Israel was established, I was using the word established to refer to a fact that had been proven. Derr


jose (not verified)

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:26

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I was using the word established to refer to a fact that had been proven.

Who can imagine what you meant anyway? What has been proven by your 'speech' is that you are an antisemitic hater. That is established, then.


Yoni1

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:58

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"Yoni & jose, or should I say dumb & dumber, read my post again"

You need to learn to read 'The cat sat on the mat' before mocking others, illiterate antisemitic tosser. I made no reference whatsoever to when Israel was established.

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