My first newspaper editor once told me, “Mike, don’t quote from other newspapers. It’s always best to check the facts yourself.”
That’s good advice, as the papers who blindly repeated the phenomenal Sunday Times ‘Holocaust denial’ libel against me are starting to find out.
I mentioned in a previous article that I spent an evening contacting the editors of the various journals and pointing out the fact that they have very clearly printed lies. They seem to have become very uncomfortable about it.
I had an acknowledgement from the Sunday Times. Letters (!) editor Stephen Bleach responded: “Thanks for your email concerning Gabriel Pogrund’s article. We will carefully consider your points and I will come back to you in due course.” Fair enough. It means that – probably right now – highly-paid people working for the Murdoch paper are trying to find holes in my argument.
Good luck with that, guys. Facts are facts.
And if you’re a new reader thinking that the papers actually published the facts, read this.
Now that everybody reading this knows what’s been said about me and why it isn’t true, let’s consider the response from the Israel National News. I sent that particular publication the facts and it published them in a new article:
“UK Labour activist Mike Sivier clarifies comments he made on his website that led to his suspension from Labour party,” the article states. No, I didn’t. The suspension of my membership of the Labour Party arose from comments made on the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s website, not mine. So I’ve had to write again, pointing out that they haven’t apologised, haven’t corrected their original article, and haven’t retracted it – and I’m going to have to seek legal advice on my next steps if they don’t.
Think that’s bad? Check out the following email from Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle:
“Having re read the piece, in the contect of your email, I accept that the reference to your book may be inaccurate. We will change that.
“I also see that there may new context to the Holocaust denial allegation – although it is of course correct that this is one reason you have been suspended, even if you dispute the basis for the suspenstion.
“I will have the piece changed to include your own explanation.
“I see no reason to change the words describing your comments about Tam Dalyell’s statement.”
Not good enough. I didn’t request changes; I requested an apology because this so-called newspaper printed lies about me. The online version is still printing lies about me.
So I responded:
“Thank you for your prompt response to my email. I am afraid it is unacceptable.
“Your article claims that I have done things that I have not done – as I have demonstrated by showing you exactly what was done. You must apologise, print a correction, and retract the piece – or I will be seeking legal advice on the next steps I must take.
“The reason you must retract the words describing my comments about Tam Dalyell’s statement is that they are misleading. Without pointing out that I said it could cause people concern to hear such a statement without further information, you are changing the meaning of my words.
“Allow me to remind you that defamation is a very serious matter, and falsely suggesting that a person is a Holocaust denier is one of its most serious forms. The fact that this libel appears in a publication entitled the Jewish Chronicle compounds the seriousness of it still further.
“Let me know where I can find your apology, correction and retraction.”
Of course, The Sun appears to be irredeemable. After I complained about one article, it published another with the same claims.
So it seems there may be a big lawsuit on the way. I’m already researching how to crowdfund for legal advice. In the meantime, I’m extremely grateful to those of you who have made donations since the Sunday Times dropped its little spite bomb.
If any of you haven’t donated and want to – or if any of you want to donate again, the ‘donate’ box is below the text of the article. I’ll publicise details of any crowdfunding plan as they become clear.
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