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UK Media Watch prompts Guardian correction over ‘Israeli think tank’ claim


A June 7th Guardian editorial, The Guardian view on Trump’s Middle East: Unsafe, on the US President’s role in the decision by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates to cut off ties with Qatar over the regime’s support for terror, including the following paragraph:

 

The Saudis and the UAE loathe Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, viewed as a mortal threat by Arab regimes. Qatar also hosts Hamas and the Taliban, although this is with the tacit approval of the US, which wants such groups isolated but around to talk to. Such is the anger that deep enmity has been put aside – recent leaks suggest pro-Israeli thinktanks back the Saudi-UAE attempt to cut off Qatar. Such is the anger that deep emnity has been put aside – recent leaks suggest Israeli thinktanks back the Saudi-UAE attempt to cut off Qatar.

The Guardian’s claim regarding the putative position of “Israeli” thinktanks on the Saudi-UAE isolation of Qatar not only comes completely out of nowhere, and is seemingly irrelevant, but is also erroneous.  The link embedded in the claim takes you to an article in Middle East Eye, which clearly identifies the think tank as Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a thinktank based in Washington, DC, not Israel. 

We contacted Guardian editors, who upheld our complaint and revised the passage accordingly. They also added the following addendum.

 

5 replies »

  1. Cut and paste error in extract: repetition:

    ” Such is the anger that deep enmity has been put aside – recent leaks suggest pro-Israeli thinktanks back the Saudi-UAE attempt to cut off Qatar. Such is the anger that deep emnity has been put aside – recent leaks suggest Israeli thinktanks back the Saudi-UAE attempt to cut off Qatar.”

  2. Another weasel correction from the Guardian. What is it about the FDD’s criticisms of North Korea that the Guardian finds so very pro-Israel, for example. If being pro Western and anti-terrorist, and anti-totalitarian makes one ipso facto pro Israel, please include me. Just the use of language such as, “The think tanks are US based,” is quite scuzzy. They are not think tanks “based” in the US. They are US think tanks, not think tanks being peopled by some unsavory foreign entity. I think the innuendo is clear enough and quite deliberate. The Guardian is far gone. Screw them. Their correction needs correcting.

    • I just want to add that I applaud UKMedia Watch’s efforts and success in getting the Guardian to budge, but with the Guardian it there usually seems to be some bad faith in the correction. They just won’t fully back down from their narrative in the interests of just plain factual journalism. It doesn’t speak well for the future of Western Civilization.

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