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Jonathan Hoffman: “Boycott the Guardian”


Jonathan Hoffman, in his blog today, said the following, in the context of the Guardian’s “Palestine Papers” series but referring more broadly to the paper’s record of consistently giving license to voices who demonize the Jewish state and advance narratives which are often explicitly anti-Semitic:

The Guardian wilfully misleads its readers about Israel, vilifying and falsifying at every step of the way.

I call on members of the Jewish Community and all right thinking people and advertisers to stop buying the Guardian and placing advertising with it. I have tabled a question to the President for Sunday’s Board of Deputies meeting, asking him to endorse this boycott.

For relevant background, see Hoffman’s Report to Parliament on anti-Semitism at CiF.

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  1. What the Guardian and the BBC have done over the past several years is to form opinions based on incorrect information. Most people in the UK have an opinion of the Israeli state, based on the information they have gleaned from the BBC. There has been a constant, almost daily, drip, drip effect that implies Israel bad, Palestinian Arabs good.

    In their news coverage of the Middle East, both the Guardian and the BBC have shown themselves to be partial, slanted and to come down clearly on one side. They don’t broadcast or print news. They publish opinion – their opinion, which is left wing and Islamist centric.

    I’m all for boycotting the Guardian and calling on its advertisers to go elsewhere. But it is the BBC which has more contact with more people and as a result, wields far more insidious influence. It is the BBC that we should be targeting with a view to reducing or removing its unfair, uncommercial subsidy of the licence fee.

    It no longer fulfils its charter to educate and entertain but nowadays and for years, now seeks to propagandise on behalf of lefty wing causes. It is not a public service broadcaster but the voice of the left and its Islamist friends.

  2. The Daily Tosser/Grauniad is a disgrace to the profession of journalism and a poster child for media bias and the leftist-islamist ad hoc alliance.

    That said, I agree that the BBC is a worse problem. Nobody is forced to pay for the Guardian (if you don’t agree with their garbage you can choose not to buy it) , while the BBC is funded by a regressive tax.

    Meanwhile, C.P. Scott is spinning in his grave.

  3. Boycotting Der Guardian is not enough.

    Contact all advertisers of Der Guardian and ask them if the wish their products/services to be associated with a rag that promotes islamofascism, socialism, appeasement, terrorism (SORRY “resistance”), plane hijackings, blood for oil deals, honor killing, beheading, stabbing, beating, stoning…

    Any organization that advertises within the pages of Der Guardian must be shamed.

  4. Unfortunately, people choose to believe the BBC because in the end it is what they want to believe. The British tolerance of Jews throughout history has been scattered (to be kind) and they need that black gold so it’s whatever works.

  5. TGIAI
    I think you are right on both counts – the left/Islamists make very strange bedfellows and hopefully it will end in tears. We should as you say, mount a campaign to write, email and demonstrate outside organisations that advertise in the Guardian.

    And one regular employer who advertises vacancies in the Guardian is of course, the BBC. I’ve seen it described as the broadcasting arm of the Guardian.

  6. The Guardian is a secular religion that comforts the middle classes, and it pervades the BBC. Peter Sisson, former BBC journalist, describes in last week’s Sunday Times asking for background information on a story and being handed a copy of the Guardian with instructions to read it for everything he needed to know. Thing is, while the excellent Jonathan Hoffman and others try to fight back, we will struggle as long as the Israeli government stands by and lets foreign news sources blacken Israel’s name. It ought to be clamouring to be heard on the BBC and nailing every one of its blatant lies, but it doesn’t seem to realise that yet. On a slightly related topic, Robin Shepherd has an interesting post on Hamas’s blockade of Gaza: http://www.robinshepherdonline.com/hamas-imposes-blockade-of-israeli-goods-to-gaza-global-outcry-at-humanitarian-crisis-fails-to-materialise/

  7. I kind of agree with Harmless here. It is hard to maintain a boycott of The Guardian if your website is dedicated to following it 24/7.

    I also think that The Guardian merits more than a boycott, although, admittedly, I do not know what: it constitutes a serious existential threat to millions of Jews, by its poisoning of popular discourse against them.

  8. mostly harmless,

    That’s like saying, “Make your mind up, putting law-abiding citizens in prison bad, putting criminals in prison good?” You can’t even troll right.

  9. Cityca –

    “But it is the BBC which has more contact with more people and as a result, wields far more insidious influence.”

    Two thoughts –

    The Guardian is approximately the 200th most visited website in the world, the BBC the 45th. In terms of sheer traffic we are talking about tens of millions of unique users a month and a few more here or there at that scale of traffic is meaningless when you talk about influence.

    In its self-reinforcing world, the BBC editors are going to the Guardian for their news. Isn’t that what Sissons recently wrote.

  10. I’m absolutely with cityca here.

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    “What the Guardian and the BBC have done over the past several years is to form opinions based on incorrect information. Most people in the UK have an opinion of the Israeli state, based on the information they have gleaned from the BBC. There has been a constant, almost daily, drip, drip effect that implies Israel bad, Palestinian Arabs good.”

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    The BBC and The Guardian (plus Independent/Mail/Mirror et al) have been running the same sort of campaign against Tony Blair and the Iraq war for years. This and their anti-Jew/anti-Israel campaigns are all part of their anti-USA agenda – embodied, sweetly, in their pro-Palestinian peoples/pro-Arab peoples nonsense.

    The BBC is the largest villain by far, because of its public funding, its supposedly neutral stance and of course its wider reach than ANY of the papers. Listen in to Radio 4 after 1:00am and its World Service repeats much of the bias heard here in the daytime.

    Some time ago I wrote about “The Guardian of The BBC”. Recently again at my new blog – THE FERAL PRESS –

    http://theferalpress.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/bbcs-sneering-paxman-carpeted-as-partial-by-helen-boaden-via-stan-rosenthal/

    – I showed that linkage in the outing of Jeremy Paxman (via The Guardian) as being anti-Tony Blair and anti-the Iraq war. Paxman has been reprimanded for his Guardian article. The Guardian has not mentioned this comeuppance, nor of course, has the BBC!

    The Independent has and most of the commenters at some of their pages think Paxo is a hero for speaking truth to power, as it were.

    The Daily Maul, sorry Mail is just as bad, to be blunt. Worse, as it reaches so many of the braindead/brainwashed. As are most of ’em, to be frank. The Times is probably the most balanced of the lot. But who has the time or inclination to pay for their paywall just to read Kamm and Aaronovitch?

    I really do not think that most British people today are anti-Jew. I think they KNOW what they should be anti. But they’re not allowed to say so, cos it might be interpreted as…well, you know…. racist!
    I did warn you – brainwashed.

  11. I hate to be redundant but…..Some on this thread are being too polite. The chattering classes in the UK have historically been anti Jew……look at history….it is entrenched….you are being naive (spelling?) to say their opinion of Israel is influenced by news outlets…..the news outlets are reflecting the opinions of the people who run them, British people, that most of the news emanating from the UK is anti Israel would indicate this is the peoples bias. Just another way to continue a time honored tradition…

    For better or for worse in the US, for every HuffPost article, there is a FOX article, for every CNN report, there is FOXNEWS report, there is no challenge in the UK, because there is not sufficient public support to challenge, misinformation my arse.