Who’s the most bigoted Guardian or ‘Comment is Free’ contributor?

The Guardian published a relatively humorous April Fool’s story yesterday titled ‘Guardian launches augmented reality specs to offer immersive liberal insight‘: 

Guardian Goggles

The story introduced the ‘new’ technology in the following manner:

“…this newspaper announces a groundbreaking development in the modern history of the media: a pair of web-connected “augmented reality” spectacles that will beam its journalism directly into the wearer’s visual field, enabling users to see the world through the Guardian’s eyes at all times.

As the wink and the nod by the Guardian contributor who penned the piece was evident, the otherwise painful evocation of such a dystopian scenario can, at this point in the ‘story’, be forgiven.

The satire continues:

“The motion-sensitive spectacles, known as Guardian Goggles, incorporate translucent screens in the lenses, overlaying the wearer’s view of their surroundings with a real-time stream of specially curated opinions from the paper’s reporters, critics and commentators.

Again, such a truly chilling prospect is at least clearly meant in jest.

However, in the subsequent passage their light-hearted parody becomes infused with the unmistakable reality of Guardian Left ideology.

“The spectacles also feature optional built-in anti-bigotry technology, which prevents exposure to non-Guardian opinions by blacking out columns by Melanie Phillips or Richard Littlejohn, among other writers, as soon as the user attempts to look at them.” [emphasis added]

It’s quite telling that, of all the examples of real racism they could have chosen to illustrate the ‘features’ of this faux technology, they chose Phillips – whose informed and serious commentary on the very real danger posed to the West by the violent and reactionary values of radical Islam clearly runs afoul of their political sensibilities.

However, instead of belaboring this particular point, we thought it would be edifying to include a short list of real bigots who they could have cited in that passage, and who also are either employed by the Guardian or have contributed to ‘Comment is Free’.  (Please consider participating in the poll at the end)

Here’s a list of a few of the antisemitic contributors they’ve published in recent years, and is in no particular order:

Deborah Orr,Guardian journalist: ‘Chosen people’ smear


Though Orr’s logical failures in analyzing the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011 were breathtaking, the following passage from her Oct. 19, 2011, piece (later revised) is particularly worth noting, as it suggests that Jews are inherently racist:

there is something abject in [Hamas’s] eagerness to accept a transfer [of prisoners] that tacitly acknowledges what so many Zionists believe – that the lives of the chosen are of hugely greater consequence than those of their unfortunate neighbors.”

Steve Bell, Guardian cartoonist: Jewish conspiracy


Whilst you can read these posts to read about Bell’s mockery of the very notion of antisemitic tropes, the following cartoon which he published at the Guardian during the November war in Gaza is most illustrative of the place where Arab Judeophobia bleeds into Guardian “liberal” commentary.

Steve Bell 16.12.2012

Raed Salah, ‘Comment is Free’ contributor: Blood libel and Jewish supremacy


As we’ve noted, an extremist cleric named Raed Salah became a Guardian cause celeb during his 2011 legal battle with UK Immigration Authorities despite his record of promoting violence and racism – which included his recitation of a poem promoting the medieval antisemitic narrative that Jews use the blood of non-Jews to bake their “holy” bread.  

When Salah won his final deportation appeal – at a UK Immigration Tribunal which, nonetheless, concluded that Salah did in fact promote the blood libel – the Guardian awarded him an essay at ‘Comment is Free’.  

Salah’s used his polemical victory lap, published on Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day in 2012, to smear the UK Jewish community by suggesting that their support for Zionism was akin to endorsing an ideology of “supremacism”.

Here are the relevant passages in Salah’s commentary:

“Despite the Israeli policy of “transfer” – another term for ethnic cleansing – the Palestinians will not go away. The Israeli state can occupy our lands, demolish our homes, drill tunnels under the old city of Jerusalem – but we will not disappear. Instead, we now aspire to a directly elected leadership for Palestinians in Israel; one that would truly represent our interests. We seek only the legal rights guaranteed to us by international conventions and laws.

The Palestinian issue can only be resolved if Israel and its supporters in Britain abandon the dogmas of supremacy and truly adhere to the universal values of justice and fairness.” [emphasis added]

Ben White‘Comment is Free’ contributor: ‘Antisemitism is understandable’


White is a professional Israel hater who has expressed sympathy for Palestinian ‘martyrs’, and who once defended Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from “charges” that he denied the Holocaust – and whose views on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict were recently tacitly endorsed by Hamas.  He continues to publish at ‘Comment is Free’, despite having never once distanced himself from a 2002 essay he published on the extremist online site, CounterPunch.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece, titled: Is It ‘Possible’ to Understand the Rise in ‘Anti-Semitism’?,

I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, yet I can also understand why some are”. This after linking the rise of antisemitism with “the widespread bias and subservience to the Israeli cause in the Western media”.  There are, in fact, a number of reasons. One is the state of Israel, its ideology of racial supremacy and its subsequent crimes committed against the Palestinians. [emphasis added]

Musa AbumarzuqComment is Free’ contributor: Official in the terror group, Hamas, which openly calls for the murder of Jews


Abumarzuq was published twice at ‘Comment is Free’.  His most recent piece offered insights into his “concerns” about Israeli violation of human rights – “liberal sensibilities” which CiF editors evidently were able to reconcile with his leadership role in a group which endorses the antisemitic conspiracy theories and openly calls for the mass murder of Jews.

(Note: In addition to Abumarzuq, the list of Hamas members published at ‘Comment is Free’ includes Ismail Haniyeh, Osama Hamdan, and Azzam Tamimi.)

Please cast your ballot for the most antisemitic Guardian or ‘Comment is Free’ contributor.  When voting, feel free to choose another Guardian contributor which, for the sake of brevity, we didn’t include in the list. 

41 replies »

  1. To fascists and racists, they appear normal to themselves and people who actually oppose them appear as bigots.

    So far from augmenting, these BBC/Guardian specs flips reality on its head, inverses it.

    Lousy April Fool’s Day attempt. Someone tell Rusbridger to stick to his effing piano lessons. Vile man.

  2. I’d like to vote for the entire Guardian management, which has spent years prosecuting its journalistic war of hatred against the Jewish state in an attempt to exterminate Jewish identity.

  3. Why put Melanie Phillips in bold but not Richard Littlejohn?

    And is CiFW saying that Melanie Phillips is not a bigot?

    • is CiFW saying that Melanie Phillips is not a bigot?

      Are you saying she is?

      The fact is the Guardian have never forgiven Melanie for resigning, and for publicly stating that she did so because of the anti-Semitism at Guardian Towers.

      And Melanie wasn’t the only one. Julie Burchill was another. I can’t think of any other serious British newspaper with such a stain on its reputation.

        • Melanie Phillips is clearly prejudiced against Muslims.
          She is clearly not. Your problem is that you never ever have read a word from her just learnt your opinion from your beloved Guardian.
          Let’s put it a bit differently:
          Pretzelberg is clearly prejudiced against Melanie Phillips.

          • Your problem is that you never ever have read a word from her just learnt your opinion from your beloved Guardian.

            Why make up such lies when you must know they will make you look silly?

        • I think M.P. is too educated and experienced to simply have a prejudice, P. The g is full of s.

    • “And is CiFW saying that Melanie Phillips is not a bigot?”

      I think that at the very least CiFW is saying that the Guardian needs to work on its own bigot problem before casting aspersions on others.

        • Right now it’s you who are being an apologist for the open bigotry at the Guardian by changing the subject to Melanie Phillips’ alleged hatred of all things Muslim.

  4. Melanie Phillips is not racist, she is not a columnist who writes for the Daily Mail – Daily Mail was never anti-Semitic, Daily Mail never has ago on the most deserving. It’s racist rantings against Asylum Seekers has nothing to do with racism. Daily mail defends British Values. Daily Mail did not campaign to stop Jews escaping anti-Semitic racism in Europe entering UK.

    Where did I learn my history? Not in the same books as the author of this blog

    • So now Jonathan Briggs/Jonathan Atkins/Jason Haworth/etc. has now become “Jeremy Hunt”–poor fellow definitely has an identity crisis.

    • ‘Jeremy Hunt’ is talking utter unmitigated nonsense.

      Of course Melanie Phillips is a DM columnist, as is Richard Littlejohn. When ‘Hunt’ describes the Daily Mail as never having been anti-Semitic he is simply ignoring, or is unaware, that the Daily Mail openly supported Hitler when he first came to power, supported Mussolini’s fascists in whatever they were getting up to, supported Franco in the Spanish Civil War, It opposed any notion of war with Germany and gave regular space until the outbreak of war, to Sir Oswald Mosley, Britain’s fascist leader, to write anti-Semitic and pro-German sentiments (even though the DM knew this hurt its circulation).

      This is not to suggest that the contemporary Daily Mail is anti-Semitic because it isn’t. Melanie Phillips and Richard Littlejohn are proof of that, although I don’t think the DM is as pro-Israel as it used to be, and two of its columnists, Max Hastings and Andrew Alexander are hostile to Israel.

      Littlejohn does have his prejudices and can write things I recoil from, nevertheless he is courageously and always pro-Israel and pro-Jewish. I recently watched a tape of a 2007 British TV documentary called ‘The War Against Britain’s Jews’ which was presented by Richard Littlejohn and excellent, but chilling, it was too.

      Relevant to this thread, it contains interview footage of Littlejohn talking with my favorite Observer writer, Nick Cohen. Cohen isn’t Jewish, although he had a Jewish paternal forbear over a hundred years ago. He regularly receives e-mails abusing him for being ‘a Jew’ and in my experience of reading the BLCs on Cif under his articles there are very often anti-Semitic allusions and innuendos, as well as openly anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli abuse which the moderators have a habit of not removing.

      I can’t make up my mind which of the Guardian list above is the most repugnant. Seamus Milne is the armchair revolutionary pen-pusher I despise the most.

  5. Difficult choice, but in the end I went for Ben White. Deborah Orr was my runner-up, but White got the nod because he is a professional anti-Semite. Orr is merely a talented amateur.

  6. Impossible to say who wins this, they are all bigotted and vicious in their very own inimitable style (the Guardian can be sooo proud having such an eclectic crowd of creeps there, and this is just a small selection!) – I just put ‘all of them’ in the ‘other’ comment box.

  7. They’re all so tempting. I’m voting for Orr though, because her words are such a forthright example of anti-Semitism expressed as anti-Zionism, and it’s ideological juxta-positioning of “what so many Zionists believe” with Hamas’ no-doubt-about-it, clear-as-day Arab/Muslim supremacism.
    We have to ask ourselves what kind of environment does one need to be in, in order to freely express such drivel without feeling the least hint of a conscience.

  8. Just vote for the lot of them plus Alan Rusbridger for allowing Al-Guardian to pulish their fact free badly reseached pro hamas/PLO/hezbullah/iranian propaganda