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.”
- BBC stars in 2012 Dishonest Reporting Awards (bbcwatch.org)
- Banned by the Guardian: My journey at ‘Comment is Free’ comes to an end (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian features prominently in watchdog group’s ‘Top 10 Media Fails of the Gaza War’ (cifwatch.com)
- 49 words: A “toy gun”, a Palestinian teen and a classic Guardian obfuscation (cifwatch.com)
- Following our post, Guardian corrects Chris McGreal story on footballers’ petition against Israel (cifwatch.com)
- CST report on antisemitic discourse slams the Guardian: Singles out Orr and McGreal (cifwatch.com)
- US Congressional resolution supporting Israel makes Glenn Greenwald’s head explode (cifwatch.com)