Guardian

Daphna Baram’s Pants are on Fire


A guest post by AKUS

“Liar, liar, pants on fire” is an old schoolyard chant. Daphna Baram, the Israeli-hating descendant of the illustrious Baram family, was caught with her pants brightly burning in today’s Guardian.

In a rare admission of wrong doing, the Guardian was forced by pro-Israeli readers of the article to acknowledge that, once again, the editors had not checked the facts behind an article published on CiF – in this case, the article A shared story offers hope to Israel that Baram raced to publish:

• This article was amended at 14.10 on October 29. The earlier version stated, on the basis of an Israeli newspaper report, that the book is being used in Palestinian Authority schools. That statement was removed at Daphna Baram’s request after readers questioned its accuracy.

Readers not only questioned its accuracy – they cited chapter and verse from the Palestinian Authority that completely contradicted her and the report from the “Israeli paper”. That paper was, of course, Ha’aretz, where it ran on October 11th with a follow-up on the 25th. The comments on the thread show Ms Baram gradually shifting in her chair as her pants feel increasingly warm.

At first, she holds herself out as a paragon of truth, justice and the Guardian way:

Too true, Daphna, too true … but then comes the first crack in the façade by in a comment by a reader, “yossistern”, who actually … reads … checks … and then comments, since he is not fooled by … you:

After a couple of additional probes, Ms Baram responds a little uneasily … things seem to be warming up around her nether regions:

But not all are willing to buy even this first attempt to dodge the issue … “toryzionist” labors under the remarkable impression that “Facts are Sacred” and what’s sauce for the Israeli goose is equally sauce for the Palestinian gander:

So Baram simply decides to take her ball and go … to lunch!

Such a noble aspiration!

Keen reader “Questorade”, little tongue-in-cheek I fear, pleads with Baram to show that she really is an honest commenter when it comes to Israel:

Questorade, like C.P. Scott, apparently thinks that facts are sacred, but Daphna Baram feels (like her friend Ilan Pappe) that lies are immaterial to the main point and will have none of it!!

Finally – the heat has risen to the point of forcing capitulation!! She cannot leave, however, without some self-justifying weasel words as she rushes out, pants on fire:

As commenter SantaMoniker asked:

When will the Guardian learn to check the facts before allowing Israel-hating bloggers to use its site to spew their lies to a gullible readership?

19 replies »

  1. Hawkeye. A truly bizarre article and one that giver insights into Baram’s disturbed state.

    She is very much suited to The Guardian.

  2. Bizarre alright,a very disturbed person that is being exploited by the Guardian,there seems to be a pattern here,most of these people that write for the Guardian,whether they be Jewish,Israeli,or whatever seem to be loopy.

    The first few lines enough were enough for me.

  3. When will the Guardian learn to check facts…….Facts what is that.Please don’t confuse them.

  4. Hawkeye at the bottom of that article you linked to we read that Daphna Baram was a ‘teacher’ in the IDF for two years. I wonder what she taught It’s to be hoped that her pupils have since recovered

  5. Hawkeye

    Maybe you missed this crucial sentence in Ms. Baram’s opus:

    The child I won’t have will keep sleeping, curled in a secret corner of my mind. The child I will never have is going to be the only safe child in the Middle East

    You should have warmly welcomed her decision not to spoil the gene pool.

  6. The updated version:

    Hawkeye

    Maybe you missed this crucial sentence in Ms. Baram’s opus:

    The child I won’t have will keep sleeping, curled in a secret corner of my mind. The child I will never have is going to be the only safe child in the Middle East

    You should have warmly welcomed her decision not to spoil the gene pool.

  7. Daffy Baram should have had her lunch delivered to her desk so she would have the time to investigate the claims, and correct the record.

    Or maybe they couldn’t fit her lunch trough in the elevator, sorry “lift”.

  8. The child in her head……….Is this child being conceived in another immaculate conception.Free from all stain of original sin.

  9. “The child I won’t have will keep sleeping, curled in a secret corner of my mind. The child I will never have is going to be the only safe child in the Middle East”

    We know more and more about how crucial is early mothering to emotional and physical development in adulthood as well as in infancy. One can only guess at the sort of distortions Baram would fill the head of any child. In some ways she would be worse, I imagine than the new Muslima on the block, Lauren Booth, not least because she seems to have more intelligence.

    That being the case I hope that Baram will never change what passes for her mind.

  10. Is it still called “back-pedalling” when you’re propelling yourself further downwards?

    “Not relevant” to the peace process? She should’ve stopped commenting at that point. Well, in fact she should’ve just checked her facts before posting the story in the first place.

  11. pretzel – actually, I think its the Guardian’s obligation to check the facts in the articles, since it is reasonable to assume some bias in any contributor’s article, and unlikely that they will take the time or trouble to identify the errors in their own article.

    That, in a way, is the fundamental difference between a publication that holds itself out as a reliable main stream source of news and bloggers (like me, for example). We expect bloggers to be biased, but we expect MSM to check the facts when they publish or have people publish under their banner.