The Guardian's explanation - piffle


By Stephen Pollard
October 9, 2009
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The Guardian's omission of the Israelis gets more bizarre.

They have told us that it was down to:

technical issue during the data transfer from the site, which meant that many of
the names of the joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize were accidentally
omitted, although the country of origin of the winners was not.

Eh? There are many, many other joint winners listed on the original, and they all transferred over to the Guardian's site. Somehow this technical issue only affected the three Israeli names.

I do not believe the Guardian's explanation. 

 

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MartynInEurope

Sat, 10/10/2009 - 02:21

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I have no doubt that it was a legitimate error, and as I stated elsewhere:

As an educated person, I didn’t have the need to look at a list on The Guardian to know that Begin, Rabin and Peres have all been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The bottom line is simple, people are far too paranoid these days.

Cheers, Martyn.


Moshe Z. Matitya

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 22:36

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Although I do not live in Europe as does Martyn, I am just as enlightened and European as is he. And for that reason, I, too, have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the omission of the Israeli names in the Guardian's list was a completely innocent oversight. The fact that every single one of the 120 Nobel Peace Laureates from 1901 through 2009 were listed, with the sole exceptions of the three Israeli laureates, is -- although astronomically unlikely -- surely a total and utter coincidence.

To consider any other possibility would be to imply that the Guardian harbors some sort of illegitimate bias against Israel, and this would hardly be a decent thing to think, for such a cultured individual as myself.

Futhermore, just like Martyn In Europe, I too am a very educated person; so I, too, have no need to consult the Guardian's list in order to know that there have been Israeli Nobel Peace Prize laureates. And as for ignorant people who do not already know this fact -- well, such people are of scant concern to me and my very educated friends.


Jessica Mills

Thu, 10/15/2009 - 12:39

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Although I'm sure it probably was a mistake, I don't see an apology anywhere in that explanation. Furthermore, I have checked the corrections page of the Guardian for three days and they have not bothered to apologise or acknowledge their error.

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