Will a new Guardian editor facilitate less biased coverage of Israel?

Amidst recent media reports that Alan Rusbridger will be stepping down after twenty years as editor-in-chief of the Guardian, many have begun wondering whether a change in editors will result in less biased coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Such questions arise in the context of the disproportionate role played by the Guardian in the delegitimization of Israel and obsessive coverage of the country, as well as its propensity to legitimize anti-Israel extremists and ignore, whitewash and even legitimize antisemitism.

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  1. I just had a look at Al Guardians USA page and came away with only negative reporting about anything in the USA. It is all CIA, police brutallity bad Republicans etc.
    I find it astonishing that something like this flies in this day and age. As if 300 million Americans can be summed up like this.
    Al Guardian not only has problems reporting about Israel but also about the USA.
    Question is , what does that tell us about the worlds most clicked website?

    • Dani,
      It tells us that bad news and conspirecy theories sell.
      Nothing new there.
      It also tells us that the dumbing down of the general population is well on its way.

      • It tells us that bad news and conspiracy theories sell.

        No. It tells us that The Guardian seeks revolution in all the socialist allergic western liberal democracies. Especially the United States of America. And they are trying to penetrate the Australian market too.

    • The CIA tortured prisoners, and that’s a big deal. Police have been killing unarmed black men in the streets, and that’s a big deal. And Republicans are trying to shutdown our government, and that’s a big deal.

      The USA is state of affairs is not so pretty right now. Sorry guys.

        • Once again, your opinion matters so little to me. That’s because I view you as one of the world’s biggest nincompoops. In fact, some might consider you a Nincompoopyhead.

          Do you really think that I give a flying fuck about your opinions, especially of me? Is there a reason why you have to respond to my comments not direct towards you with some bullshit assessment that I have no clue?

          Sounds like you’re desperate idiot seeking attention from those who couldn’t give 2 shits about you.

  2. Q:’What does that tell us about the world’s most clicked website?’

    A: It tells us that the vast majority of Al Guardian readership holds blatant antisemitic views as well as covert anti western and anti democratic values. As a teenage hippy growing up in 1960s London I am shocked and appalled to see that the very community I held dear to my heart [left wing liberals with flowers in their hair] have grown into the Jew-hating anti Israel protesters that march on the streets of Britain regularly chanting ‘From The River To The Sea…’ Everything that Al Guardian publishes about Israel is a subversion of the truth.

    This probably doesn’t answer your question but maybe it’s a start…?

    • “As a teenage hippy growing up in 1960s London I am shocked and appalled to see that the very community I held dear to my heart [left wing liberals with flowers in their hair] have grown into the Jew-hating anti Israel protesters ”

      The result is mainly to do with 80’s and 90’s generations.
      Basically blame the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s parenting skills and drug use.

    • My experience as well, although not in London but New York. Then I moved to San Francisco and watched my cherished liberalism go off the rails only to be replaced with fundamentalist style accepted “truths.”

  3. Dani and fairbrit, I am afraid you do have to factor in the well-known fact that bad news sells far more than good.

    I haven’t the time to do a proper study (nor to research if one has already been done, which it probably has) but I would imagine that if you take any one news outlet you will find the majority of stories will be “bad” news or “negative”.

    • As my mother used to be told: “It can always be worst” – hinting to focus on the better things in life.

      Every cloud has a silver lining.

  4. Writing from the US as someone who more or less divides his time between the US and England I have to say that I agree with koufaxmitzvah.

    All is not well here and the Guardian and other British media would be quite wrong if they ignored important reasons why all is not well. koufaxmitzvah has recently mentioned, and reminds us again today, unarmed black males are frequently gunned down in US streets.

    There is a notorious small town called Jasper in east Texas. Only the other day a grand jury threw out charges against two of the town’s police officers for beating a pregnant black woman in the lobby of the police station, banging her head against the counter, throwing her face down on the floor, cuffing her and dragging her by the leg into a cell. This, incredibly is on video and just as incredibly, the woman was in the police station only to dispute how much she was being made to pay in a fine for a ticket for a minor traffic offense.

    In the Houston area dozens of unarmed (mainly) black and Latino males have been shot by on and off-duty police officers over the last few years, but as the Houston Chronicle often points out, very few officers ever face charges. I support law and order but this is neither law nor order and it has a negative effect on life.

    It is mainly for these reasons that I find it abhorrent that supporters of the P/A and Hamas think they can muscle-in on racial unrest in the US, trying to equate the situations.

    As to the future of the Guardian we can only wait, and see if Seamus Milne takes over.

    • Absolutely shocking that pregnant woman story.

      There has been an increase in the militarisation of police since the recession began. Demonstrations and marches are handled far more heavily than previously. It smacks of the establishment protection itself as the majority of people feel the financial pressure.

      Since the crash of 2008, the gap between the rich and the poor has grown to unprecedented levels here in UK (I suspect the same in US). The wealthy were always in a better position to protect themselves and indeed take advantage of the financial crash. That the poor are moving to self under-employed or zero hours contract working (under the pretext of efficiency) simply shifts more profit towards corporations.

      UK Government are embarking on an austerity programme which is at least partly driven by an idealogical goal of reducing state services and welfare net in order to reduce taxes for the rich.

      • There has been an increase in militarization of the police departments since the endless war in Iraq and Afghanistan began. All the excess gear needed to go someplace.

        Crash of 2008….. You missed the early beginnings. Sowed by the seeds of GW Bush principles, the crash began the moment taxes were cut for the wealthy and austerity measures were written for the mega-banks and crooks of Wall Street.

      • “Demonstrations and marches are handled far more heavily than previously”

        Obviously you are ignorant of the situation in the U.K.
        Ask anyone, as I was, on the marches against the Vietnam war in 1968 how they were handled.
        Ask anyone, as I was, on pro-Irish Republican marches in the 1970s how they were handled.
        Ask anyone, as I was, involved in the Miners strike in the 1980s how they were handled.

        • Fair comment. Some good examples of earlier state sponsored violence.

          I was more referring to marches and demonstrations by groups that would have been previously been more peaceful and handled in a benign way. These include the anti austerity and anti city marches in London where techniques such as ‘ketteling’ were used on non-militant demonstrators as a matter of course, (ie not in response to a perceived threat of violence) on huge sections of the crowd.

          I also notice an increased use of police and the judiciary by corporations to enforce those hit by austerity to maintain contracts etc. And the propensity of judges to value property higher than people. I believe its all part of the one move to the right and the growing split between the haves and the have-nots.

    • Beside the point. Where are the endless reports about police brutality in Russia, China, or indeed ‘Asian(TM)’ brutality in Britain (and Sweden, France, …)?
      The profound bias is plain to see.

  5. “Will a new Guardian editor facilitate less biased coverage of Israel?”

    Well, they do say that the last thing to die is Hope! Shall I phone the undertaker now?