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Carole Cadwalladr.

It seems to be this month’s ‘thing’: If you can’t disprove the message, smear the messenger.

So with several ‘Leave’-supporting campaign groups undergoing serious investigation for varying breaches of electoral law – much of it due to the investigative journalism of Carole Cadwalladr, at least one ‘Leave’-supporting media organisation has decided to attack her, rather than her findings.

Unfortunately for Raheem Kassam and his Patreon site, the article‘s claims have no substances and seem to be a vehicle for dog-whistle anti-Semitism rather than serious journalism.

If you want to read a detailed takedown, I can recommend a piece on Zelo Street.

But I can give you the gist right here: Kassam wants you to believe that Ms Cadwalladr has been funded by Remain-supporting “globalist shills” (apparently this is an anti-Semitic dog whistle) because her work has appeared on the Open Democracy website and among its many funders is George Soros and his Open Society Foundation.

Kassam states: “Cadwalladr has attempted to cover such tracks by issuing a series of tweets alleging that any critique of the billionaire, fund manager Soros is ‘racist’ against Jews. This is despite Soros’s rejection of his Jewish identity, and in spite of the fact that he has openly admitted to assisting in the confiscation of Jewish property during the Holocaust”.

Zelo Street responds: “George Soros did not assist in confiscation of Jewish property” – and this certainly seems unlikely as he would have been only 15 at the end of World War II. “And whether he “rejects his Jewish identity” is irrelevant. Calling “Soros” is code for “the Jews”. Like gratuitously pitching terms like “globalists”, “global bankers”, and “Goldman Sachs”.”

Is this the ‘Leave’ response to the hard evidence that shows possibly-criminal breaches of electoral law – anti-Semitism?

If so, it’s not attractive.

But as I type these words, I wonder how many Leave supporters will choose to disassociate themselves from anyone promoting such an opinion – and how many will simply double down and attack those of us exposing it with the anti-Remain cry of “You lost – get over it”, that isn’t even relevant here?

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