The following reader comment beneath the line of a Steve Bell cartoon on Feb. 4 – which, as we argued in a post, could arguably be interpreted as suggesting that Zionists have a significant degree of control over the media – was priceless.
It didn’t occur on the date the reader believed, but on Nov. 6, 2011, there was indeed a post by Guardian readers’ editor Chris Elliott which made a thinly veiled reference to CiF Watch, and argued that “reporters, editors and writers” must be more careful to avoid “lapses into language resonant of antisemitism”.
Whilst, I don’t know if anything we do, per the comment above, can exactly be characterized as “well-orchestrated” and, per SantaMoniker, the idea that we’re “powerful” is risible. Additionally, antisemitism at the Guardian clearly has not disappeared since Elliott’s warning (Bell’s cartoon on Nov. 15 depicting Bibi controlling Blair and Hague as puppets suggests the limits of Elliott’s control over such content), but if the result of our work is that the Guardian is even a little bit more careful to avoid having their voice “diminished” by evoking antisemitic canards, then we’re clearly doing something right.
- Following CiF Watch post, Guardian corrects story on protest at Bab al-Shams (cifwatch.com)
- Banned by the Guardian: My journey at ‘Comment is Free’ comes to an end (cifwatch.com)
- CiF reader comments attacking one particular Abrahamic faith not deleted by moderators (cifwatch.com)
- The Guardian, Steve Bell, Bibi and more puppet-like control (cifwatch.com)
- A place where Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell can find “real” antisemitism (cifwatch.com)
- More than a cartoon: What Jews are talking about when they talk about antisemitism (cifwatch.com)
- “Israel-firsters”, “traitors” and other epithets hurled at Chuck Hagel’s critics by Guardian readers (cifwatch.com)