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Archive for July 14th, 2009

Almost Missed It.

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Edmund Standing has written an excellent report on the BNP, their methods, lies and on-line tricks.

It is in PDF format, but I hope that it will be released as a complete web page shortly, (it is easy enough to convert PDF to HTML automatically).

I recommend that antifascists and would-be antifascists read page 65 onwards, where Edmund covers Noontide and other neo-Nazs publishing enterprises.

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14/07/2009 at 23:04

White And The Big Lie Technique.

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Jonathan Hoffman has replied to Ben White’s rejoiner.

There is quite a lot to take in, but one thing is clear White does employ, as Hoffman argues, the Big Lie technique.

White seemingly buttresses his position using doctored quotes and plenty of dog whistles.

What is all the more surprising is that White claims to be a journalist and one of the key attributes of quality journalism is fact checking.

It should have been elementary to check and check again these quotes.

White should have known that the Internet and other places is littered with false quotes which are attributed to Jews, and/or Israeli leaders. Still worse was the role of War on Want and Pluto Press, who should have independently proof read and verified this contentious material.

White has no excuse for his perverse behaviour, but then again neither do those organisations which push his lies.

The Guardian, War on Want and Pluto Press are equally to blame for the dissemination of this pernicious material.

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14/07/2009 at 17:45

Ilan Halimi and CiF

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I was reading Z blog’s post on Ilan Halimi when I wondered if that modern-day bastion of intellectual “anti-Zionism” actually had any articles on the poor young man’s death.

Imagine my surprise when searching CiF for “Ilan Halimi”:

“You are searching: Comment is free Search all sites
‘Ilan Halimi’

0 results | Clear this search

Sorry, there are no results for your search query, please try another search.”

Zero results.

However, when I put “Israel” I get back 2511 results.

How peculiar, no bias there for sure?

In the Guardian proper, Ilan Halimi is mentioned in nine articles, a grand total of nine.

But you can almost guess what next? “Israel” elicits 22702 results.

That is nearly 23,000! But not one for Ilan Halimi.

I suppose that tells us a bit about the prejudices that drive CiF?

Pity, the Guardian was once a good newspaper.

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14/07/2009 at 16:47