There’s far too much of this going on in the mainstream media. Andrew Marr is supposed to be a professional journalist, yet suddenly he can’t get his facts right.
A similar thing happened to This Writer on Twitter yesterday, in discussion with Hugo Rifkind – that’s right, the journalist son of Sir Malcolm ‘cash for questions scandal’ Rifkind.
He wrote: “I think if you talk about why it’s OK to hate Jews so long as they’re in Israel yr not aiming to keep the peace, tbh.”
I responded: “Who’s doing that?”
“Ken [Livingstone] did. Andrew Neil interview.”
That interview is available on YouTube so we can all hear for ourselves what Livingstone said.
I quoted it back to Hugo: “Do you mean ‘A real anti-Semite doesn’t just hate the Jews in Israel; they hate their Jewish neighbour in Golders Green or Stoke Newington. It’s a physical loathing’?
“That’s the exact opposite of what you’re suggesting.
“He was saying it’s NOT okay to hate Jews ANYWHERE, just because they’re Jews.”
And suddenly Hugo was gone.
I expressed the hope that he was checking my facts and would be back later, but he didn’t resurface. I can only conclude that he could not bear to come back, apologise, and admit his falsehood.
Andrew Marr managed that, at least.
This morning, Andrew Marr was embarrassingly forced to make an apology on air about comments he made about Labour Director of Strategy and Communications Seumas Milne’s views on Israel. Ok, they were corrected, and quickly, but there are bigger issues here. If we’re going to talk about serious issues like anti-semitism, and of course we should, it’s incumbent on the media to represent the views of Labour people accurately. These lazy misrepresentations do immense damage – and… quite often set the agenda for the debate. Not good enough:
Andrew Marr to Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador at 9.19am:
“There are people who say, as Seumas Milne (Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesperson) said recently, that it is a crime for the State of Israel to exist”
Andrew Marr at 9.55am:
“I should say that Seumas Milne did not say that it was a crime to create the Israeli State. What he said was that it was a crime what had been done to dispossess Palestinians and the involvement of the British Government since about 1908. So let me make that clear.”
Source: (53) Jeremy Corbyn for PM
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