Yesterday, we were graced with the presence of none other than Georgina Henry on the Michael Lerner thread. For those of you that don’t know, Georgina is head of ‘Comment is Free’ and responsible for the cesspool of antisemitism that it has become.
Lerner, a relatively new member of the Guardian’s coterie of House Jews (but well known in anti-Zionist circles), penned a piece entitled “A war crime whitewash” which carried the byline:
The global choir of ethical cretins who condemn Goldstone’s Gaza report do Israel no favours
A charge that was repeated in the article itself.
As speedkermit pointed out “[p]eople have been moderated om this site for using the word cretin as an insult, so I think it’s a bit hypocritical for the Guardian to run it in an article.”
So in jumps Georgina with this:
21 Oct 09, 12:34pm
Thanks to those of you who have raised the issue of Michael Lerner’s use of the phrase “choir of ethical cretins”. The intention was clearly not to offend in that he was using it in its colloquial sense, and in a general way. But I have asked the editor of the Guardian’s style guide (where the word is currently not mentioned) whether guidance should be included on its use. Since we’ve taken the point on board, perhaps the thread could now concentrate on debating the merits of his argument.
Sorry but I think the intention was quite clearly to offend and Lerner was apparently taking lead from the commenters on the Evans thread the day before.
But I think the more interesting point here is how Georgina sees fit to put an abrupt stop to legitimate critique of the Guardian’s double standards rushing to the defense of Lerner yet she is deafeningly silent when it comes to the endless stream of antisemitic comments in ‘Comment is Free’.