Islamophobic tweet: Rupert Murdoch (left).

Islamophobic tweet: Rupert Murdoch (left).

Vox Political would like to announce that it supports Steve Topple and The Canary in their rejection of allegations of anti-Semitism.

Mr Topple is the investigative reporter who has uncovered vital information about the so-called ‘Chicken Coup’ by mutineers against Jeremy Corbyn in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

His work must be having an effect, because it seems somebody supporting the mutineers has looked into Mr Topple’s Twitter history, uncovered a tweet from January last year, and presented it, out of context, as proof that he is an anti-Semite.

It’s exactly the same tactic that was used against Naz Shah MP, the week before the local elections in May (although I doubt it was the same person).

While there may have been a little ambiguity about Ms Shah’s personal feelings, though, there can be none about Mr Topple’s. Here is the explanation put forward by The Canary:

In January 2015 Rupert Murdoch tweeted an islamaphobic statement, which was later satirised by our writer Steve Topple. Rupert Murdoch’s tweet is as follows:

160703 Murdoch islamophobic tweet

Steve Topple satirised this as follows:

160703 Topple satirical tweet

Steve’s intention was to underscore the inherent racism in Rupert Murdoch’s original statement. It is unfortunate that this has now been taken out of context in an attempt to undermine Steve’s ongoing investigation into the Labour coup.

Canary Media stands against racism in all its forms. Therefore it goes without saying that we do not tolerate anti-semitism.

Source: Our response to allegations against The Canary, 3 July 2016 | The Canary

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