Taking "Independent" to Press Complaints Commission

June 28, 2012 14:12

On June 22nd Richard Sudan, a blogger at "The Independent" newspaper's online blog, published a piece saying that Israel’s Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, had said “Israel is for the white man”, thus conveying to the readers of his blog the impression that Israel’s Interior Minister is a racist.

The quote was false (there is a whole industry of quote-twisting among the Israel haters). It was the result of an appalling twisting of what Yishai did say.

Yishai said:

Most of the people who come here are Muslims who think this country doesn’t belong to us, to the white man. Some of them have said so openly on television

Yishaid was not stating his own view but was putting the view of others, some of whom (he said) had declared this view on TV.

I complained about the misquote to The Independent. They agreed to amend the opening paragraph of the blog posting “so that it contains the full quote”. However they did not include the sentence “Some of them have said so openly on television”. Neither did they change the misleading title of the article, nor the misleading summary of the quote in the closing sentence of the article:

The perception of an emerging ethnic cleansing policy ensuring that Israel remains ‘For the white man’ will evidently continue.

I am therefore taking The Independent to the Press Complaints Commission. I will blog the result here

June 28, 2012 14:12

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