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.

 

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zair (not verified)

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 15:23

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This might be a good lesson for you yoni,

dumb, dumber & dumbest, you choose which one you are.


jose (not verified)

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 15:40

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dumb, dumber & dumbest, you choose which one you are.

For the title of "dumbest" no one competes with you, Hater zair. I suggest simonsam for "dumber" and Myopic Iris for "dumb", or the other way round. Whatever.
For the title of "nuts" we have our Walinuts. He has no competition here.


Yoni1

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 15:50

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What is that illterate twat Zair screeching about now?


zair (not verified)

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 20:01

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Dumb & dumber

Make up your own jokes, it's bad form to steal other peoples'


jose (not verified)

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 21:16

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Make up your own jokes, it's bad form to steal other peoples'

You, of all, should know! How do you think Arabs, who came from the Arabic penisula, now are spread from Morocco to Syria? Do you think they when gently 'given' all this land?

But they haven't stolen enough, in my opinion. They should have stolen also our taste for democracy, our tolerance for others' cultures, tastes and opinion, and our love of life.


Yoni1

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 21:19

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You are a very sick joke indeed, Zair. Not just an antisemite, but about as literate as the average cockroach.


zair (not verified)

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 00:49

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Are you guys for real? The Dick & Dom of the JC, you are quite the double act, twice the stupidity for half the money. You are truly the gift that keeps giving.


jose (not verified)

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 06:25

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Are you guys for real?

Do you mean that, like you, we are only one of many pseudos?
Well, no. We use only one pseudo since the start of it and this pseudo is our real name.
Please Hater zair, your obviously have no argument to support anything here. But try not to show it so clearly.


Yoni1

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 15:13

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"Are you guys for real?"

You mean, you STILL haven't realised why I called you an illiterate, namely for attributing to me something I never wrote?
Truly, the IQ of antisemites follows a completely different Gausssian distribution, centered about 35 points below that of sane and intelligent people.


jose (not verified)

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 15:25

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Truly, the IQ of antisemites follows a completely different Gausssian distribution, centered about 35 points below that of sane and intelligent people.

Why are you so good to them?


Yoni1

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 17:16

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You are right. Seeing as how they are marking us both down, maybe 75 is a better estimate.


Melvyn Kohn

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 18:46

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The Guardian is not what it used to be. Its stance on Israel is not the only issue it has lost. For instance, its environment section pumps out propganda for the carbon credit brigade whilst ignoring facts. It loves organic cotton but does not tell us how this only takes more space and more water.
It ignores the US extradition issues - including the story of Farshid Gillardian.
Why? Because it works for pressure groups - anti-Israel, pro climate change, Kathryn Hamnett groupies, and the US government good squad.
As to exposing nazis, it was offered a story about the BNP members celebrating Hitler's b-day in 2008, but would not send a reporter out of London. It knew nothing of the New Right, BFP, BPP or Nationalist Alliance...
But there was not pressure group to cajole them into taking notes. So they sat back and waited for the fax machine to feed it to them. Ironic, as it was Guardian reporter Nick Davies who wrote in "Flat Earth News" that reporters sat around waiting for the fax machine to send them stories which they sucked like poop...Davies did not criticise the Guardian in his book! Only other papers...Quo custodiet ipso custodies? (OK, I am sure my Latin spelling is not 100% there but most of you know the phrase...).


jose (not verified)

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 18:54

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Quo custodiet ipso custodies?

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes"

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