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Broadsheet Racism.

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Overt racism in the British broadsheet media is a comparatively modern phenomenon, but whatever they lacked in the past they have more than made up in the present.

The Guardian and Comment Is Free is a prize example, their comments threads are littered with anti-Jewish racism to the extent that they even have their own Watch site, CiF Watch.

It would be easy to dismiss any criticism of the Guardian and Comment Is Free as politically motivated spite, but that wouldn’t explain away the volumes, the mountains and vista of anti-Jewish racism which are documented on CiF Watch.

An excellent recent example was to compare comments found on the neo-Nazi forums of Stormfront, with those found within Comment Is Free.

As Comment Is Free’s parent is the Guardian and the bastion of British liberalism, there should be no similarity yet it is striking how hard it is to differentiate between which comments come from the neo-Nazis and which are from CiF.

Read it yourself and decide, the Parallel Universe of “Comment is Free” and Stormfront.

Update 1: Racism is not only to be found amongst the comments at CiF, rather the Independent has it own problems with resident bigot, Richard Ingrams. However, I wasn’t interested in his warp observations rather the comments box below showed just how much anti-Jewish racism has found a home in the broadsheet media.

Here’s a few scattered examples:

“tonypowell wrote:
Saturday, 28 November 2009 at 10:31 am (UTC)
Is it true that the owner of the Times – one Rupert Murdoch is himself Jewish?

slaveweknow wrote:
Some of the recommended books and other material to understand the true background of Zionism, are:

1. Zionism in the Age of Dictators, by Lenni Brenner, a Jewish historian.

2. A Jewish Defector Warns America, by Benjamin Freedman.

3. The Hidden History of Zionism, by Ralph Shoenman, a Jewish historian.

4. A Self-hating Jew, website of Norman Finkelstein PhD.

5. When and How Was Jewish People Invented, Professor Shlomo Sand, Tel Aviv University

6. Hitler: Founder of Israel


The latter reads like a booklist from a neo-Nazi web site, why it is to be found on a web site of a broadsheet I can’t say.

(H/T: Engage)

Written by modernityblog

29/11/2009 at 21:02

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  1. CIFwatch make me lol epically with their ‘demand’ that the guardian adopt the EUMC definition of anti-semitism, a definition that includes describing Israel as a racist endeavour.


    29/11/2009 at 23:47

  2. So apart from that, what’s wrong with the EUMC statements?


    29/11/2009 at 23:53

  3. thats quite a big apart? I mean dilineating anti-semitism is a serious business. Anyway I was having an argument with my dad about whether or not you were jewish. I said no. Am i right?


    30/11/2009 at 01:24

  4. Reuben,

    Let’s concentrate on the EUMC eh?

    If you’re going to criticise something than its best to think how better it could be done, and sadly I don’t see anyone else defining antisemitism in any structured way.

    So what other issues are there, with the EUMC?

    PS: No offense, I don’t give out personal information, you’ve probably noticed that 🙂


    30/11/2009 at 01:59

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