Corrections

Guardian acknowledges Palestinian 9/11 celebrations


A Feb. 4th Guardian ‘expose’ on what they call a “coordinated far-right operation” using Facebook to profit “from disinformation and anti-Islamic hate” included screenshots from Facebook posts illustrating the problem – posts they claim represent “far-right”, hateful fake news.

Though most of the posts cited are indeed fake, and likely motivated by anti-Muslim animus, one of the posts they use in the article to make their point is in fact based on real news.

The Guardian caption read:

“Coordinated Facebook posts pushing disinformation about “celebrations” of the 9/11 terror attacks”.

However, as we demonstrated in a post on Feb. 5th, and in complaint to the Guardian readers’ editor and the two co-authors of the piece, the image from the Facebook post is a still shot from a widely circulated, authentic video from Sept. 11, 2001 that does show Palestinian celebrating the attacks.

After more than two weeks, and several follow-ups, editors finally responded to our complaint and corrected the caption, which now reads:

Coordinated Facebook posts seeking to exaggerate the scale of celebrations in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

They also added an addendum at the bottom of the article:

This revision is far from ideal, as the correct course of action would have been to delete the misleading image entirely. Nonetheless, it’s still an improvement in that it no longer claims that Palestinian celebrations of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people represents “fake news”.

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    • Evidently the pernicious low expectations of others explain exultant celebrations of the likes of Trump?
      Sweeping generalizations about movements which represent tens of millions of people are invariably dubious. The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper is what you want, David.

        • Not only do I not “shed tears” about Trump, it’s almost the opposite: Trump and Trump’s enablers are the single most effective organizing tool for the Left in the last fifty years — in terms of memberships, donations, volunteering, and issue campaigns.
          Enjoy!

          • “…. single most effective organizing tool for the Left in the last fifty years — in terms of memberships, donations, volunteering, and issue campaigns. ”
            the same could be said about Barry, Merkel, Mogherini, Borrel, Sigmar Gabriel, Corbyn, Sanders, Tlaib, Islam in general, Omar, diversity, inclusion, gender, open borders, Sweden, Iran, Qatar………
            I love Trump.

      • “…. single most effective organizing tool for the Left in the last fifty years — in terms of memberships, donations, volunteering, and issue campaigns. ”
        the same could be said about Barry, Merkel, Mogherini, Borrel, Sigmar Gabriel, Corbyn, Sanders, Tlaib, Islam in general, Omar, diversity, inclusion, gender, open borders………

  1. There is also video that purports to show Israelis cheering missile strikes in Gaza. Even though not a single face, apart from the CNN reporter, is visible in the video, as to be expected, there has also been a plethora of anti-Zionists who have exploited to say that Israelis in general are racists.

    I would honestly like to know if The Guardian et al has reported on that and if they also say that those celebrations are exaggerated.

    • Individuals may well be cheering, with varying degrees of comprehension or justification for their fervor, but the cycle of violence will not end until the State of Israel has a legitimate “partner for peace” with which to negotiate.
      Contrary to David’s assertion on this thread, the deeply held desire for peace, for some kind of modus vivendi that can last for generations, is not confined to the “the Right,” “the Left,” “Centrists,” or people who frankly hardly give a damn about politics as such.
      They may simply want to live, prosper, and share their prosperity — including with open-hearted people who are on all sides of this gut-wrenching struggle — as they enjoy their lives and the bounties of the earth.

      • I agree Richard. However, I would like to see if any British media outlet has applied the same standard to Israelis and Palestinians equally in this case. If they are truly objective, they would apply it.

        • I think this entire blog has proved conclusively, not merely by a preponderance of the evidence based on the examples Adam cites, not merely by “clear and convincing” evidence sound enough to uphold massive tort suit damages, but “beyond any reasonable doubt,” that the so-called “mainstream” British media is very far from being fair, balanced, or objective when it comes to Israel or any issues connected to anti-Semitism.
          Progress has been made but the biases run very deep.

  2. If I recall correctly, Arafat issued orders to suppress any celebrations and tried to block the airing of any celebratory footage. He was mostly successful. But the fact that he had to issue such orders at all, is sufficiently telling as to what he expected the reaction of the Palestinians would be to an attack by “The Noble 19” against the infidels – that is, when they weren’t at the same time claiming that the 9/11 attackers were not Arabs at all but CIA, Mossad or who knows what else as part of a plot to make Muslims look bad.

    • No, it’s much worse than that: the Guardian is perfectly capable of outstanding journalism about a myriad of important issues, which only highlights the failings this blog cites.

        • Disagree in precisely that way, as you manage to perpetrate several logical howlers and are exultant about it as well!