Tag Archives: Comment is Free

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A Toxic Echo Chamber

A Toxic Echo Chamber

Stephen Pritchard, the reader’s editor at The Guardian, recently announced that the paper will start restricting reader comments posted in the Comment is Free section in articles on three “sensitive” topics: race, immigration, and religion. Why those sacred cows? Certain subjects – race, immigration and Islam in particular – attract an unacceptable level of toxic commentary, believes


UNESCO Declares Tomb of Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb Muslim Sites

Today’s Top Stories 1. UNESCO passed a resolution condemning Israeli aggression on the Temple Mount and recognizing the Tomb of the Patriarchs (in Hebron) and Rachel’s Tomb (between Bethlehem and Jerusalem) as Muslim sites. The Palestinians were forced to back off efforts to declare the Western Wall a Muslim site when UNESCO chief, Irina Bokova,


Academic: Gaza War Started When Israel Fired Back

UK-based Israeli academic and longtime Israel critic Avi Shlaim has weighed in on the Gaza war in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section, and predictably, he unleashed a scathing critique of Israel. To do so, however, Shlaim invokes a logic so twisted, it’s hard to believe he himself subscribes to it. For example, he insists


Ten Years Since Something That Never Happened: A Learning Moment for the Guardian

This guest post by Myrrh is republished courtesy of Harry’s Place. [I submitted this to The Guardian as a commentary piece on April 4.  On April 12 they confirmed that they will not be running it.  Both Brian Whitaker, former Middle East Editor and current CiF editor, and Harriet Sherwood, currently the Jerusalem correspondent, have informed me


A Year of Dishonest Reporting — Why The Guardian Won

Find out why The Guardian won the Dishonest Reporter Award.


Media Cheat Sheet 12/06/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Fallout continues from a trio of American diplomatic slaps at Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood has to navigate between its criticism of Camp David, Salafist demands, and economic realities. And what’s with Sheikh Nasrallah’s rare public appearance? Iranian Issues • Saudis signal


The Guardian’s Readers’ Editor On Anti-Semitism

Deborah Orr’s smarmy column on the Gilad Shalit deal continues to raise enough of a stink that even Chris Elliott, The Guardian’s Readers’ Editor, finally weighs in on the piece’s anti-Semitism. Three times in the last nine months I have upheld complaints against language within articles that I agreed could be read as antisemitic. The