CiF Watch Exclusive: Alan Rusbridger’s Daughter, “BellaM” Reprimanded for Ad Hominem Attack on Melanie Phillips

Two weeks ago CiF Watch exposed the anti-Israel bias of a certain “BellaM”, a Guardian moderator.

“BellaM” made quite a name for herself with this unbelievably idiotic comment engaging in an ad hominem attack on Melanie Phillips in her capacity as a Guardian staff member.


31 Oct 09, 9:53am

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I imagine she’s like that character in Little Britain who is violently sick every time she hears the words ‘black or gay.’ Except for Melanie, the word would be ‘Muslim.’

Her comment spurred post after post of mouth-frothing denunciation of Melanie Phillips in the now infamous Ed Husain thread that we reported on in our post Two Minutes Hate: Melanie Phillips bashing on the Ed Husain thread.

After posting our expose of BellaM this is what she tweeted:


Catch that? Instead of being thoroughly ashamed of herself, she views being exposed on CiF Watch as a biased anti-Israel moderator as some sort of badge of honor.

Anyway it gets better.  The Jewish Chronicle is now reporting that the “intervention of one of the Guardian’s supposedly independent moderators, the anonymous BellaM” further complicated the row between Phillips and Husain. According to the JC:

Though she has not been disciplined, the Guardian has reminded BellaM of the paper’s guidelines that staff posting on the site “should uphold a high standard of civility and avoid any behaviour that might bring the Guardian’s good name into disrepute”.

Wow. So who is BellaM?

Well suspecting in yesterday’s post covering the antisemitic moderation on the Steve Bell cartoon thread that BellaM may have had a hand in clicking the delete button a few too many times when pro-Israel posters legitimately pointed out the double standards of analogizing Israel’s security barrier with the Berlin Wall, we exposed who BellaM really is – a certain Bella Mackie.

It doesn’t end there though. It turns out that there is someone called Isabella Mackie that works for the Guardian and that Mackie is the maiden name of the wife of none other than Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger. According to the blog you gotta smile, Private Eye reported:

[i]n the future, parliamentary offspring would do well to follow the example of recent graduate Isabella Mackie, who had the grace to use her mother’s surname when taking a job on the Guardian’s website to disguise the act that she is the daughter of the paper’s editor, Alan Rusbridger.’

How embarrassing for Rusbridger and he probably had to step in to prevent her from being sacked – don’t you just love the nepotism!

So since we’ve got Daddy Rusbridger’s attention with this post (no doubt Bella will be running to Daddy for help), I’d like to ask him a few questions:

1. Why does the Guardian have an obsessive focus on the Israel/Palestine conflict that is quite out of proportion with any other conflict in the world? And why are the overwhelming majority of articles on the Israel/Palestinian conflict anti-Israel in their bias.

2. Why is your newspaper constantly delegitimizing, demonizing and subjecting Israel to double standards through articles and editorials by contributors that harbor openly antismetic views including by a fringe group of self-hating house Jews?

3. Why do you not ban posters that have a track record of making antisemitic comments? This website is replete with examples. Recently we wrote a post calling for a certain poster called IllegalCombatAnt to be banned for, among other things, engaging in Holocaust denial (which by the way took 16 hours to be deleted by your moderators – maybe Bella was on duty then). IllegalCombatAnt still has posting rights as do the numerous other antisemitic posters documented on this site.

4. Why do you instead ban pro-Israel posters? In particular why was AKUS and Cityca banned? Read their eminently sensible articles and posts and tell me what could have possibly warranted their banning other than the fact that they chose to tell the truth about Israel, something the Guardian is incapable of doing.  And on the subject of silencing dissent, why was Robin Shepherd denied a right of reply after he was defamed by house Jew Antony Lerman?

5. Why does the Guardian consistently delete comments by pro-Israel commenters? Again this website is replete with examples so don’t even bother denying this. Besides your own daughter has already tried denying that one and failed miserably.

6. By the same token why are antisemitic comments consistently not deleted by your moderators. Again spend a few minutes on this site and you’ll see what I mean. The evidence we have accumulated in the space of under three months is simply breathtaking and no doubt will serve in the future  for reports and studies into antisemitism in the United Kingdom. And speaking of reports why did you ignore the 2008 report on Antisemitism on Guardian ‘Comment is Free’ by Jonathan Hoffman? This report was submitted to the UK Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism, an indictment in and of itself. Is this the kind of reputation you want for the Guardian? And while I’m at it let me remind you of the hollow and meaningless words of Matt Seaton to the  Jewish Chronicle last year“[w]e have a zero-tolerance policy on antisemitic postings or any other form of hate speech.” Oh really.

7. Have you ever asked yourself what makes the Guardian such a fertile ground for attracting antisemitic views? Did you try taking our recent poll where posts from the neo-Nazi website Stormfront were largely indistinguishable from the comments posted regularly on the Guardian/CiF Israel/Palestine threads? And did you know the Guardian’s very own cartoonist, Steve Bell, may actually follow Stormfront threads. Here’s what the estimable Yaacov Lozowick, former director of archives at Yad Vashem, had to say on the subject:

[CiF Watch] seem to be demonstrating how the Jew haters of the Left and the Jew haters of the Right are coalescing in the way they see the world. They don’t need to copy from each other, if their processes of cognition have converged. It is that convergence which is significant.

8. And tell me what on earth is your commissioning editor of “Comment is Free”, Brian Whitaker, doing insinuating that pro-Israel posters are paid agents of the Israel government fanning the flames of Jewish conspiracy theory? And this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Brian Whitaker making a fool of himself. In fact here is what I wrote in the last hyperlinked post to Brian Whitaker:

Now Brian if you really want to defend the charge that the Guardian promotes antisemitic discourse both above the line and below the line you are more than welcome to defend the indefensible.

Here’s an offer. Why don’t you write an article for us explaining why you think this is not case? I’ll publish whatever you write. In particular, our readers would be intrigued to know the following: Why do you feature a disproportionate number of writers deeply hostile to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state many of whom are self-hating Jews and have a track record of antisemitism? Why do you tolerate antisemitism in the comment threads? Why for example have the numerous antisemitic commenters that populate CiF not been permanently banned – it’s not as if you are oblivious to this? Why do you delete comments putting forward a pro-Israel position? Why did you ban AKUS, Cityca and others? And why do you insinuate that pro-Israel posters are paid agents of the Israeli government?

You can email me at with your submission. I’m standing by.

Brian never submitted anything and the silence is deafening.

9.  And while we’re at it, why didn’t Elisabeth Ribbans, managing editor of the Guardian, respond to Dennis MacEoin’s critique of Guardian editorial anti-Israel bias. Did he not deserve a response either?

10. What do you think the other board members of the Guardian Media Group and the Scott Trust will say when they discover the depth of antisemitism on the pages of the Guardian? I find it hard to believe that they would just shrug their shoulders particularly those that are independent members of the board.

11. And what do you think your advertisers will say when they too discover that many a guardianista harbors deeply antisemitic views?  Just take a look at this Tomasky thread and you’ll see what I mean (I note that HSBC Bank advertised on that thread).

12. Last but not least do you not think that CiF Watch readers and more generally the Jewish community is owed an explanation as to what steps you intend to take to clean up your act or will you continue to stick your head in the sand just like Georgina Henry, Matt Seaton and Brian Whitaker do.

Alan the Guardian is losing money hand over fist and the ship is sinking. The question is are you going to clean house before its too late?

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  1. The world of the leftist-Islamophilic-Jew-hating media does appear a bit incestuous, doesn’t it?

    And these are the morally pretentious, arrogant people who deign to lecture the Jews about the latters own survival.

  2. Rusbridger should thank cifwatch for giving him notice of the uncomfortable conversations he is going to have with his advertisers shortly, if he hasn’t had them already.

  3. Outstandingly brilliant peice which makes me wonder why our laws regarding racism and antisemitism are not brought into play.
    Thanks to CiFWatch the Guardian and Comment is Free are being forced out of the closet and the full extent of their anti Israel bigotry, and now sadly their undeniable antisemitic slant are becoming known to us all.
    Hopefully more people will vote with their feet and be off to the newsagent to change their newspaper of choice. Hopefully Melani Phillips will have some good advice not to far from home about whether the attack on her is actionable!!!!

  4. The Guardian ship is sinking,great,we should poke a few more holes in it’s hull to get it to sink faster.

    BTW,the SOB’s deleted two of my posts (they were there for a very very short while before they disappeared) that respond to “theleftwingorthodoxjew” on the Berlin Wall thread.He thinks that Steve Bell’s cartoon it’s a good cartoon,and not anti semitic.

  5. DY respond to “theleftwingorthodoxjew” on the Berlin Wall thread.He thinks that Steve Bell’s cartoon it’s a good cartoon,and not anti semitic.
    This is another piece of proof, if we needed it, that being religious doesn’t mean that you have any judgement, or that you speak for all Jews.

  6. Question to BellaM : what was your reaction when you first heard about the massacre at the American army-base last week where the perpetrator was of Palestinian Muslim origin?

    Did you think? :

    A : Good! – the Americans had it coming to them.

    B. The poor Palestinians! It’s all the fault of the Zionists.

    C. What a pity! Now the American Jewish lobby and Melanie Phillips will have extra ammunition.

    D. What a sick man! He needs his head examined.

    E. All of the above.

  7. Well there we have it then; a recent graduate, presumably aged 21/22, fresh out of one of the hotbeds of anti-Israeli hatred that are British universities, left guarding the fort on a major newspaper’s website.

    Anyone with half a brain could have seen that disaster coming.

    To me this shows that the Guardian have absolutely no appreciation of the gravity of the effects of anti-Semitic hate speech being bandied about on their turf and no sensitivity or empathy regarding the results.

  8. I remember furious “nature versus nurture” debates when I was an undergrad. I believe that people’s behaviour is as a result of both, but you really have to wonder when Mackie, the daughter of a editor of a once quality newspaper not exactly known for its even-handedness in the Middle East situation, is allowed free reign to expose her antisemitic ignorance in this fashion. This seems to bear out that she, her Daddy and all their cohort are so deep in the antisemitic ordure that they no longer notice how smelly it and they are.

    Hawkeye, the Guardian’s Board is motivated by money. It will kick out Rusbridger and clean out CiF only if it is losing money because of their antics. Using as an example LWOJ’s frankly bizarre post about the Bell cartoon not being antisemitic, I believe that this Board has the same lack of insight. CiF’s “blood and bone” Jew-hatred has to be brought home to them again and again, with examples as this blog offers, before they will realise it.

    The holding of Israel and Jews to a different standard from anyone else is only the tip of the iceberg. I believe that the Guardian’s hatred of Israel is so visceral that it’s become like a Class A drug to the Henry coven and they need bigger and bigger doses of it.

    Hawkeye and the team look likely to cut off their supply or at to least force them to confront that they are addicted to Israel/Jew-hatred. Stand by for ructions as that happens and the withdrawal symptoms if (when?) the supply is cut off suddenly.

    Israelinurse, I doubt that the Guardian appreciates anything much except making money. They have found that Israel/Jew-hatred at the sixth form level purveyed on CiF pulls in the hits and feeds their habit.

    I no longer read the Guardian, but did it inveigh against corrupt government whose members give jobs at whopping high salaries to their spouses, partners or children? Does anyone know? Because if it did, Bella Mackie’s employment by her Daddy is yet another example of the Guardian’s rank hypocrisy.

  9. Her age is certainly not a problem in itself, but I personally would expect a person engaged in moderation on a major website to be able to make judgement calls requiring a certain degree of maturity and objectivity which I’m not sure can be gained through experience of student life. Her own comment regarding Melanie Phillips, shown above, does not demonstrate those qualities.

  10. Hey guys&gals, here’s a compliment for you:
    “CiF Watch will soon be promoted up the ranks of the Elders of Zion for their fine work.”

    That’s from Yaacov Lozowick; I sure agree with him. Belladonna will probably tweet along these lines in her newly “protected” twitterings — ah, the first trappings of celeb status… Big sunglasses for London’s November gloom next? And some worries that the guy with a camera somewhere in the crowd is a paparazzi??? Fame comes so easily with a powerful, well-connected daddy who places Bellissima in her first job where she has an easy time to get into the spotlight —- “Eff me I’m famous. But not in a good way. Or maybe in a good way. Depends.” You’re so right, Bella —- what count’s is not what you say, or what you stand for, it’s just about getting attention, and then playing it right. So go ahead, moan and groan about being targeted by this BIG BAD conspiracy you always suspected to be out there, out to get all those noble spirits who think like you —- all the while you sit at your office deleting comments you don’t like…

  11. bellamack,Eff me,I’m famous.But not in a good way.Or maybe in a good way.

    This bellamack is a weird and mixed up twit,first she asks to be effed,then she can’t decide whether she is famous on not

    bellamack settle for infamous.

  12. So go ahead, moan and groan about being targeted by this BIG BAD conspiracy you always suspected to be out there, out to get all those noble spirits who think like you —- all the while you sit at your office deleting comments you don’t like

    Ha! She will be now be promoted as per the Dilbert Principle: …”companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management (generally middle management), in order to limit the amount of damage they’re capable of doing.”

    As the Guardian has done with Whitaker.

  13. Israelinurse, me too. From what she writes it seems that BellaM has about as much judgement as a custard tart.

    However, it seems that people don’t need to be smart to work at al-Grauniad. They need to:

    be rabidly anti-Israel (and probably antisemitic, since few if any bother to separate out the two);

    know someone who’s important there (like BellaM and her Daddy);

    come from a well-known family (like our friend Shameless Milne);

    be able to talk the spots off a leopard (how else would Freedman get work from them?);

    write emotively but not necessarily truthfully about CiF’s pet hate (enter Ben White, and see my first point above);

    Am thinking that BellaM would be a good partner for Sethele Freedman. They are both as daft as each other. He’d be in his element because he’d think it would do wonders for his career to be an item with the boss’ daughter, and she’s so dopey that she might think him a good catch.

    I’d better stop now. I’m feeling sick…..

  14. John, I thought that was the Peter Principle, so often employed in education and local government in the UK.

    And I didn’t know that the insentient Al-Babbler, Brian Whitaker, had been “promoted” to CiF from anywhere else. What had he done to deserve that very dubious “honour?”

  15. Hairshirt
    The Dilbert Principle is a variation on the Peter Principle.
    The Peter Principle …(companies use) promotions as a way to obtain greater advantage from employees who demonstrate competence in their current position…..due to this practice, a competent employee will eventually be promoted to, and remain at, a position at which he or she is incompetent. The Dilbert Principle, on the other hand, claims that incompetent employees are intentionally promoted to prevent them from doing harm (such as reducing product quality, offending customers, offending employees, etc.)

    From Whitaker’s profile:
    Brian Whitaker has done a variety of jobs at the Guardian including, most recently, seven years as Middle East editor. He is currently a special correspondent and an editor on comment is free

    ie – he was kicked upwards.

  16. DYBTW,the SOB’s deleted two of my posts (they were there for a very very short while before they disappeared) that respond to “theleftwingorthodoxjew” on the Berlin Wall thread.He thinks that Steve Bell’s cartoon it’s a good cartoon,and not anti semitic.

    I had a feeling that the Ben White thread was going to be a ‘moderator disaster’ and took constant ‘snaps’ of the thread. I may have your deleted comments.

    Tell me the exact Date and Time and if I have them, I will post them here.

    I assume that they will not be deleted.

  17. So let’s get this straight:

    1. Newspaper editor’s daughter gets job as Moderator on the paper’s blog

    2. She openly shows her bias thus suggesting (a) there was nepotism (b) that objectivity is not a criterion to become a Guardian moderator.

    3. She keeps her job thus proving the nepotism beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    4. Moreover this is at a time when the Guardian is making major redundancies.

    The Guardian’s credibility is as tattered as that Israeli flag they used. Surely Rusbridger’s position is now untenable?

    Where is the GMG Board and the Scott Trust?

    CP Scott would be desolated to see this fiasco

  18. I’m not familiar with the latest developments in the English language but if “eff me” means what I think it means then with all due respect I have to decline this honour.

  19. Brilliant exposing of this poseur and the Guardian itself.

    The Guardian could well be renamed the “Daily Hypocrite”.

    With respect to Whitaker and his comment about paid pro-israeli commentators…..

    the ultimate irony is, of course, that the people actually getting paid are the ones, generally trying to bash Israel, that Whitaker commissions and pays for their articles!!

  20. was on the “Berlin Wall Germany marks 20-year anniversary.

    Daddy’s little girl is just hitch-hiking a ride on big daddy’s coattails.I have no idea which fruit tree she fell off,but as the time honored saying goes,”the fruit doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

  21. From a storming interview with Rusbridger conducted by Piers Morgan:

    PM: I’m talking more about personal conduct. I read an interview in which you said that what mattered most between a paper and its staff and the readers was trust. Do you think you have to be as trustworthy privately as you are professionally?

    AR: I think you have to be trustworthy in your professional life.

    Read the whole thing for a flavour of the man.

  22. Just by the way, regarding “The Daily Hypocrite”:

    Did you know that this supposedly left-wing paper is actually the roosting spot for a large group of what in England are called “public school” (actually, of course private school) graduates – Oxbridge etc. – whose only connection to the working man is that they would be out of work if Rusbridger did not give these scions of the wealthy a place to deploy their dubious talents.

    Despite its “top drawer” privately educated staff this is the paper that is on a crusade against that Jewish school in London!!

    Editor Alan Rusbridger (Cranleigh); political editor Patrick Wintour
    (Westminster); leader writer Madeleine Bunting (Queen Mary’s,
    Yorkshire); policy editor Jonathan Freedland (University College
    School); columnist Polly Toynbee (Badminton); executive editor Ian
    Katz (University College School); security affairs editor Richard
    Norton Taylor (King’s School, Canterbury); arts editor-in-chief Clare
    Margetson (Marlborough College); literary editor Clare Armitstead
    (Bedales); public services editor David Brindle (Bablake); city editor
    Julia Finch (King’s High, Warwick).; environment editor John Vidal (St
    Bees); fashion editor Jess Cartner-Morley (City of london School for
    Girls); G3 editor Janine Gibson (Walthamstow Hall); northern editor
    Martin Wainwright (Shreswbury); and industrial editor David Gow (St
    Peter’s, York); Seumas Milne, an Old Wykehamist (Winchester College)
    and at Balliol; the Observer’s Andrew Rawnsley (Rugby School and
    Cambridge U); George Monbiot (Stowe); Zoe Williams (Godolphin and

  23. JMite I wouldn’t waste my time on Ben White,he is just a wanker.I would have to take a shower after reading his articles,and the posts that come from the likes of the moronic Moeran’s of the “Guardian’s World”.

  24. AlanP

    “CP Scott would be desolated to see this fiasco”


    In fact, he’d be writing for CiFWatch.

  25. Type Isabella Mackie into Google and you’ll see that this article is the first thing that comes up.

    Yep – BellaM’s famous, and not in a good way.

  26. PM: Why? In The Guardian, you never stop banging on about fat cats. Do you think that your readers would be pleased to hear that you earned £520,000 last year? Are you worth it?

    AR: That’s for others to say.

    PM: Wouldn’t it be more Guardian-like, more socialist, to take a bit less and spread the pot around a bit? We have this quaint idea that you guys are into that “all men are equal” nonsense, but you’re not really, are you? You seem a lot more “equal” than others on your paper.

    AR: Er… [silence].

  27. A bit OT but Lerman is busy now to incite the Guardian readers against the Jewish community leaders in the UK.

    Calling him a “house Jew” must be considered an understatement, he is much worse thatn that.

  28. John,I read that article,this AR comes across as a real toerag.It seems that the fruit didn’t fall far from the tree after all.

  29. Oops – will BellaM survive??!! Someone should open a book on this one!!!


    By Amanda Andrews, Media Editor
    Published: 3:44PM GMT 11 Nov 2009

    Carolyn McCall, the chief executive of Guardian Media Group, Alan Rusbridger, the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, and Tim Brooks, the manager director of GNM, addressed staff today on the outcome of their strategic review of the group’s papers.

    Mr Rusbridger told staff that “nine out of ten people [editorial staff] will still be here at the end of the review,” but that some cuts were necessary.

  30. DY

    Bella has ambitious well-connected parents who almost certainly sent her to a private school and who is now being placed by them to enjoy an intensely relaxed and well paid career as a ‘lifestyle’ journo and member of some quango or other.

    I do not get the impression from her own comments as a ‘moderator’ (or indeed from her ‘twits’ – double ha!) that she is a particularly intelligent or well educated young woman. In the long run, her father is doing her a disservice by not disciplining her for her ill-judged, popularity-seeking comment on Melanie Phillips. I almost feel sorry for her.

  31. As for Lerman, nothing will satisfy his sense of entitlement until he is hailed as a prophet by one and all. Today – a prophet on CIF – tomorrow a prophet for the world. He’ll have his work cut out beating the Seths, Rogers, Richards et all for the position.

    Here he is damning Jewish leadership in toto:
    Certainly, the concepts of scrutiny, transparency and accountability seem totally alien to Jewish leadership

    He is here to set that right. Prophet Tony.

  32. “the ultimate irony is, of course, that the people actually getting paid are the ones, generally trying to bash Israel, that Whitaker commissions and pays for their articles!!”

    Another irony is that CiF pays its writers peanuts. It is the last, desperate port of call for most writers who cannot find another home for the article in question.

    So next time you see Seth Freedman and Antony Lerman writing their bile, know that they are doing so for next to no money. Imagine how low they’d stoop for proper dosh!

  33. Brilliant Hawkeye. Great to see Family Rusbridger under the spotlight.
    And thanks to John for the link to the interview by Piers Morgan. I particularly liked this comment,
    ‘AR(Alan Rusbridger): I think it means that The Guardian is a liberal, progressive, intelligent, internationalist paper which operates to certain ethical standards. And that’s what I have to do. So if you betray that edict by backing UKIP in an election, for example, you would have to leave.’

    But it’s ok to host Azzim Tamimi. Unbelievable.

    I read an article in the Daily Telegraph business section yesterday that says the Guardian is going to have to lose about 10% of its staff to survive for the moment. I can think of a father and daughter candidate straight away, followed by a raft of editorial staff..

  34. Can’t you just imagine how Guardianistas would react to instances of nepotism on the part of their ideological opponents.?!
    I’m sure they don’t think much of hereditary peerages, for example. But when it comes to building journalistic dynasties, the Guardian and Al Beeb are up there with the best of them.
    Or do I mean worst? As Bella might say: “Depends”.

  35. Can’t you just imagine how Islamofascist-loving Guardianistas would react to instances of nepotism on the part of their ideological opponents?!
    I’m sure they don’t think much of hereditary peerages, for example. But when it comes to building journalistic dynasties, the Guardian and Al Beeb are up there with the best of them.
    Or do I mean worst? As Bella might say: “Depends”.

  36. How can you keep losing 100,000 pounds a day and still manage to keep going,do these guys own oil wells in Venezuela.

    Was that really losing 100,000 pounds a day,they should just give that money to their workers,and close shop.No one with half a brain is going to miss them.Can someone tell us how much that is in a month,I’m not too good at figures.

    I once asked my accountant how much is 2 plus 2,he replied whatever you want it to be.

  37. Further to AKUS’s comment about Guardian staff who attended private schools, one of the women in that list, a prominent leftwing polemicist with the “burden” of (as a fan of hers – it may have been Rudbridger himself – once commented) a famous name, not only attended a private school – she got into an Oxford college to read history on the strength of only one A-level. (And dropped out during her first year.)
    That was back in the early ’60s, when getting into even the most humble Redbrick with only one A level was unheard of, let alone Oxford!
    My school friend Claire, the exact contemporary of the woman in question, never got less than an A for any subject in her entire school career. She obtained 10 O Levels and 3 A levels (all at Grade A). She was rejected by the same Oxford college!
    But then she didn’t have a famous (leftwing) dad and granddad.
    Guardianista-type hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  38. “Can’t you just imagine how Islamofascist-loving Guardianistas would react to instances of nepotism on the part of their ideological opponents?!”

    They are obsessed with imaginary Jewish media conspiracies, what about real non-Jewish ones?