Guardian fails to take home top prize at 2012 Dishonest Reporting Awards


It just wasn’t their year.

Oh, how they tried to repeat the performance which earned them the 2011 HonestReporting Dishonest Reporting Award‘, but it simply wasn’t to be.

Though the Guardian failed to take home the top prize this year, they did receive less high-profile awards for their denial of reality itself (Biggest Train Wreck Over Principle: The Guardian, and UK Press Complaints Commission) by telling readers that Tel Aviv was Israel’s capital, as well one for most antisemitic cartoon (Most Anti-Semitic-Themed Cartoon: Steve Bell, The Guardian) for a depiction of feckless, slavish British leaders being controlled like a puppet by Israel’s Prime Minister.

While this year’s winner, Haaretz’s Gideon Levy, indeed deserves credit for a very compelling polemical performance in attempting to convince readers that Israelis support apartheid, the Guardian’s body of deceit for the year was, at least in the eyes of this blogger,  impressive nonetheless.

The Guardian’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, interviewed after being informed by HonestReporting’s judges that their media group lost the coveted award, said the following:

“Though it’s rare for a media institution to take home two Dishonest Reporting prizes in a row, we really thought our overall anti-Israel bias was the most effective in a very crowded anti-Zionist field, and should have won.  In addition to elevating Tel Aviv to the status of Israel’s capital, and publishing a cartoon indistinguishable from what’s found in the most Judeophobic Arab media, I’m also quite proud of the work done by Chris McGreal, whose characterization of the US relationship with Israel as ‘slave-like’ earned him a coveted spot in CST’s 2011 Report on Antisemitic Discourse. 

And, naturally, we thought that the buzz over Deborah Orr’s pejorative reference to Jews as ‘The Chosen People’ would also get the judges attention. 

Overall we had a great year of obsessively dishonest reporting about Jews and Israel and, while we congratulate Gideon Levy for his simply sublime smear of the Jewish state, we respectfully believe that the award academy overlooked our overall body of work. After all, we literally wrote the book on how to avoid reporting fairly about Israel and making antisemitism respectable among the liberal elite.”

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Rusbridger and Levy react to Dishonest Reporting Award announcement

19 comments on “Guardian fails to take home top prize at 2012 Dishonest Reporting Awards

    • Realarmbach I wouldn’t make fun of the intellectual capabilities of other posters instead of you. As every reader can see from your posts you have the IQ and moral abilities of a mentally challenged amoeba – you should be more careful.

    • Richard, if we are starting on the personal abuse may I enter the following about you into the competition:
      When you had your brain transplant, the brain rejected you.
      When the police wanted to do an identity parade when you were a suspect, it took them ages to get the cows to line up backwards.
      I can go on for longer if you want.

  1. Heh. A friend just informed me that you had linked to my cartoon. I didn’t see the pingback on my blog. Thanks for the honour and the link. -:).

    Great post too. I love the fake interview with Rusbridger. It could almost be real.

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