Guardian’s shame

This editorial appeared in the Jan. 27 edition of The Jewish Chronicle.

As a general rule, it ill behoves one newspaper to attack another. But there are exceptions to every rule. The Guardian’s behaviour this week, even by its own often disreputable standards over Israel, has been simply shocking.

In collaboration with Al Jazeera, it has presented a series of leaked memos written by Palestinian Authority negotiators with Israel. Not presented them so much as lobbed them, doused with petrol, into a tinderbox – and hoped for a result. There is nothing, of itself, wrong with the Guardian publishing its scoop; all serious newspapers relish scoops.

What is very wrong is the way the paper chose to present its story: the distortions, the bias, the agenda, the spin and the breathtaking arrogance of its handing down instructions to the Palestinians of how they should behave. Make no mistake: the Guardian’s presentation was, as David Landau puts it, “intended to poison the Palestinians against their leaders”. And to poison the world against Israel. Take the quote from Saeb Erekat, in which he was reported to have made an offer to Israel of “the biggest Yerushalayim in Jewish history”. This was used to attack the Israelis for their intransigence.

Read the rest of the editorial, here.

5 replies »

  1. The Guardian is a more extreme version of the BBC.
    In contrast, UK citizens are forced to pay the latter a tax, otherwise known as the licence fee.
    The BBC is much more pernicious and dangerous than the Guardian, by the extent of its global reach, and the insidiousness of its lies.
    The Guardian, with its overt and unconcealed hatred of Israel/Jews, is known, and often dismissed as the hate-rag that it is.

    The BBC is the greater danger.

  2. Is the mandatory license fee only for TV or for radio as well?

    If one does not have a TV, are they still required to pay the “license fee”?

  3. This is roughly what I’ve just scribbled speedily on Facebook:

    “Q: What fuels the engine of a fine newspaper?

    A: Conscientious, accurate and occasionally courageous reporting; elegant writing; smart, sharp editing with superb design and brilliant production. The Guardian has all these. Shame about the low-grade, vituperative and gratuitous spite”.

  4. If one watches TV on a computer AS IT IS BEING BROADCAST one is required to have a TV license. If, however, one doesn’t (either not watching TV at all, or just wathcing progammes online after they have been broadcast, e.g. on i-player), then one does not.