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November 10, 2011

Diminished Journalistic Reputations

A recent piece in the Guardian about "averting accusations of antisemitism," published shortly after Deborah Orr's rant about the "chosen" people, is an interesting read.

In the column, Readers' Editor Chris Elliott calls for Guardian journalists to take more care to avoid "inadvertent" antisemitism. Regardless of whether one finds his concern to be convincing or promising, he makes one statement at the close of the article that should be heeded by journalists everywhere:

"[R]eporters, writers and editors must be more vigilant to ensure our voice in the debate is not diminished because our reputation has been tarnished."

Posted by GI at November 10, 2011 02:30 PM


The title of the piece is far more telling than the Guardian likely intended. Their primary concern is evidently not preventing antisemitism, but preventing accusations of antisemitism. The transgression that worries the Guardian is not the publishing of offensive and biased material, but the resulting damage to its reputation. It seems to me that the Guardian is at least as upset with those accusing it of antisemitism (even if it is warranted) as those writers whose work provokes the complaints.

Posted by: anon at November 10, 2011 04:10 PM

The comments on the original article are worth reading as well. It seems the Guardian went too far even for readers of the Guardian this time.

Posted by: Noam Blum at November 10, 2011 04:44 PM

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