Guardian

Should the Guardian’s Phoebe Greenwood be sacked?


A guest post by AKUS

In the articles ‘Lost in anti-Zionist translation? Guardian misquotes Noam Shalit on Palestinian hostage taking and ‘Guardian corrects story with false translation of Noam Shalit interview after his son’s release CiF Watch exposed the errors in the recent by Phoebe Greenwood article that was corrected:

New headline:

Old headline:

Greenwood’s article was based on an incredibly rude interview carried out by Israeli journalist Amnon Levi of Israel’s “Channel 10”.

Noam Shalit with Amnon Levi of nana 10 – Channel 10

Having watched the interview (in Hebrew) it’s clear that only Amnon Levi and his cameraman were present with Noam Shalit. The interview was taped in Shalit’s house in Mitzpe Hila – in the Shalit’s kitchen, actually.

So Greenwood’s article, with the misleading quotation, was written after reading a translated transcript of the interview. (In a different article about Noam Shalit’s entry into Israeli politics, Harriet Sherwood says she interviewed Shalit in Jerusalem on Monday – presumably May 7th, 2012).

It is an interesting commentary on the low standard of Guardian journalistic ethics that Greenwood, while acknowledging that the interview was taped, does not point out that she was not there.

“Speaking to a television interviewer in the kitchen of the Shalit family home, a familiar backdrop for the Israeli public from the family’s five-year campaign for their son’s release, Shalit was subject to repeated questioning attempting to pin him down on his political policies.”

The Guardian and Greenwood do not acknowledge her source, nor that she, for all intents and purposes, provided a translated transcription of Shalit’s comments lifted from the interview plus her own views about them.

In fact, Greenwood’s article is about as close to plagiarism dished up as journalism as one can get. In another time and at another paper I suspect she would have been sacked.

12 replies »

  1. The Guardian is happy to publish the lies of anti-Israel propagandists masqueading as journalists.
    Belongs to the category: Bears shit in the woods.

  2. She shouldn’t be sacked. She should be converted to Islam, forced to marry a muslim pedophile, and helicopter dropped into Tahrir Square for the upcoming Egyptian election results riot/rape fest.

    • Yo dude. You got the right remedy for Phoebe, the heebi-jeebie giver.

        • No. Phoebe just gives Duvidl (who is a Heeb) and others the heebie-jeebies.(quaint English slang for “the creeps.”)

  3. Fire her and deprive us of a very entertaining clown,no way…..

    Let her keep stumbling,and fumbling to our great amusement……….

  4. Myself, I am amazed that Greenwood can walk with both feet permanently implanted in her mouth

    (OK I know she can’t actually think, much less write sensibly).

  5. Phoebe Greenwood is an incredibly and incompetent journalist. I can’t understand why anyone would hire this idiot. But it’s no wonder that The Guardian is losing millions of pounds every year, as the quality of journalists they hire constantly deteriorates.

  6. Phoebe Greenwood is an incredibly incompetent journalist. I can’t understand why anyone would hire this idiot. But it’s no wonder that The Guardian is losing millions of pounds every year, as the quality of journalists they hire constantly deteriorates.