In today’s Guardian, Hugh Muir gives the first MSM coverage to the story of the UK Jewish Chronicle’s hosting a blog written by Carlos Cortiglia, a national leader of the white supremacist British National Party. Over eight months, the UK national Jewish newspaper had featured the blog of Cortiglia, who’d written at least four posts, one as recently as last November. The blog was only removed after I wrote a message to the editor asking why they were publishing the BNP leader. I received no reply to my query. The posts disappeared a few hours later.
When he was asked by the Guardian, Stephen Pollard, the JC editor lied, claiming he’d taken down Cortiglia’s blog “in September” (the month he first posted at the JC site). JC screenshots prove his posts were publicly accessible until April 18th.
I don’t mind if someone makes a mistake and owns up to it. But when they lie to make themselves appear blameless, it only draws more attention to the mistake. When the editor of the JC lies so blatantly and so pathetically, well, it’s downright embarrassing. Not that the paper’s Jewish readers will care. They’ll find 1,000 ways to excuse this fashlah and forgive him for it.
On Twitter, JC defenders have argued that publication of Cortiglia’s blog was “inadvertent,” to which I’ve replied publishing it for a week or even a month might be inadvertent. But eight months cannot be called inadvertent. They’ve also claimed that JC had no responsibility for the error since it was Cortiglia who created his blog and published his pieces there. Which somehow ignores the problem that he was publishing not at his own site, but at the JC.