Forgive This Writer if I view this announcement with quiet satisfaction.
The Jewish Chronicle was among the publications that libelled me as an anti-Semite in 2018.
Even after IPSO ruled that it was wrong, editor Stephen Pollard saw fit only to add a line at the end of the story, as it is viewed online, saying that I had protested my innocence.
As a professional reporter, my view is therefore that the JC was not a serious news publication, being used more to promote its bosses’ biases than to present facts.
You have only to examine its campaign of hate against the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn to understand why I would take this view.
I see this development as an improvement in the UK media landscape.
And I don’t think I’m alone…
Karma is a wonderful things folks.Last week the editor of Jewish Chronicle the odious Stephen Pollard was part of a vile co-ordinated attack on me, designed to cause me & family great distress. Today we learn the paper he edits is being liquidated. https://t.co/7WEcRiAGQ4
— Neil Clark (@NeilClark66) April 8, 2020
Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News to go into liquidation:
This is karma: both of this vile ultra-right wing Zionist gutter rags have repeatedly smeared Jeremy Corbyn and the Palestinian Solidarity Movement with false accusations of anti-Semitism
— Socialist Voice (@SocialistVoice) April 8, 2020
‘Jewish Chronicle & Jewish News to close & staff laid off’ I can’t say I’m sad given the nonsense the JC published about me, & many others, & didn’t have the decency to provide a right of reply. Karma? The media landscape will b a little better sans the JC https://t.co/txxRAlgWgt
— Andrew Feinstein (@andrewfeinstein) April 8, 2020
Right-wing pro-Israel rag papers are reportedly due to be liquidated and staff laid off.
They were renowned for their hit jobs and smear attacks targeting pro-Palestine activists, journalists and politicians.https://t.co/AKMIqmU7tV
— Robert Carter (@Bob_cart124) April 8, 2020
The Jewish Chronicle has gone into liquidation.
What was once a proud and worthy voice for Jewish communities has in recent years become a Tories and Right Wing mouthpiece for Anti #Labour Myths and Rhetoric.
In the end, the backers just pulled out. pic.twitter.com/GyMBja79ES
— John O'Connell (@jdpoc) April 8, 2020
I love the way the Jewish Chronicle is saying it's in liquidation because of Covid-19 when it was probably due to having to pay out damages for libel.https://t.co/kpAsFsGFMv
— Charlotte Moore (@Lotx) April 8, 2020
This vile rag has gone in to liquidation. And the sun is shining outside.https://t.co/svONQdGiB2
— Dorset Eye (Independent Citizen Community Media) (@dorset_eye) April 8, 2020
Just opened up Twitter to see some very welcome news. The Jewish Chronicle had become little more than a spite spitting Israel Lobby rag, spewing smears and slander at those viewed as pro-Palestinian. Its demise is excellent news.https://t.co/m7Ph4i3eHv
— Steve Clarke 🎸🎵🎶🍺🍻 (@Gaudd) April 8, 2020
The Jewish Chronicle has now been led into its final disaster by Stephen Pollard. It's bust. https://t.co/HIPp73hyZ0 It was bought by a consortium of Zionist businessmen in 1913 but it wasn't until the late 1970s it was confident enough to say, wrongly, "We are all Zionists now"
— Jews Sans Frontieres (@jewssf) April 8, 2020
Yet more Shitrags hit the dust, and we are meant to feel sorry for these Far Right propaganda hate preachers…. KARMA….. Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News to go into liquidation and staff laid off https://t.co/bJ9slmRD4u
— Lemon Bake #Unbearables (@onhistodd) April 8, 2020
The bad news is that the papers’ owner, a charitable organisation called the Kessler Foundation, seems to want to find a way to keep the JC going somehow. Let’s hope that doesn’t come to pass.
Some tweeters have professed sympathy for back-office staff, who they hope will find employment with somebody more reputable soon.
As for the reporters and editor… well, it will be interesting to see if any other media organisations employ them, in the sense of knowing what slimy rock they crawl under.
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