The Guardian has acknowledged, on their Corrections and Clarifications page, that Paul Lewis’s Aug. 7th story about the UK Riots was revised due to the fact that the original text, which singled out Hasidic Jews, was inconsistent with their editorial guidelines.
Their editor noted:
“A description of the mix of people on the streets of Tottenham on Sunday evening, 7 August, contained these sentences: “The make-up of the rioters was racially mixed. Most were men or boys, some apparently as young as 10. But families and other local residents, including some from Tottenham’s Hasidic Jewish Community, also gathered to watch and jeer at police”. In keeping with Guardian editorial guidelines, a more detailed picture of the mix should have been given to specify some of the other groups there (They gathered in peaceful protest. Suddenly all hell broke loose, 8 August, page 2).” [emphasis mine]
While, of course, we’d be happier if they used this incident as an opportunity for a much-needed broader self-examination about their obsessive focus on every imaginable sin, real and imagined, of Jews and Israel, this is still a victory nonetheless.
Thanks to all of you out there who supported us in this effort – those who commented at our site, emailed us to express support, contacted the Guardian to register complaints, and circulated the story through Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
On a final note: while our net is wide, we do occasionally miss something at the Guardian or Comment is Free worth commenting on, so please always feel free to contact us if you see something that makes your blood boil.