My head's spinning.
On Wednesday I among other bloggers noticed a terrible story in The Sun about Islamic militants supposedly targeting British Jews for deadly attacks. The Sun quoted this person on the Ummah internet forum:
“Abuislam” asks: “Have we got a list of top Jews we can target? Can someone post names and addresses?”
and took quotes from 'terrorism expert' Glen Jenvey, who handily enough was promoting his own business through the messages that had been discovered on the Ummah internet forum.
They also quoted a person on Ummah called Saladin1970 who wanted to compile “a list of those who support Israel”.
Thursday saw the details revealed a little more clearly. In fact Saladin1970 had been considering a 'polite' letter-writing campaign to supporters of Israel, but the Sun had decided to leave this out of their story. Tim discovered that 'Abuislam' had been posting on the Ummah forum for some time but appeared not to be a Muslim; not only that, but he consistently appeared to be taking the most militant view on subjects, almost as if he were trying to encourage others to do the same.
Now today it would appear the final piece of the jigsaw has fallen into place. For it would appear that "Abuislam", the ultra-militant Muslim on Ummah, is the same person as Glen Jenvey, the anti-terrorism expert who warns us against people like Abuislam, the ultra-militant Muslim on Ummah.
Glen Jenvey's arsehole must be twitching like a fucking rabbit's nose.
But let's not let the others off the hook, please. Firstly, The Sun, which will no doubt claim it was reporting in good faith and didn't realise what was going on at all. No dice, I'm afraid. They chose to leave out the 'polite letter-writing' element to one person's comment on the internet. They chose to link moderate Muslim voices with violence and anti-Semitic attacks. They knew what they were doing, even if they didn't know Jenvey's real role in all this.
Secondly, isn't it disappointing that no-one else in the dead tree press (as far as I'm aware) could be bothered to challenge the Sun's mendacity? Is there some kind of unholy truce as far as newspapers are concerned? Fine, you wouldn't expert Murdoch's other titles to go anywhere near it with a shitty stick; regrettably, that kind of turning a blind eye is something you have to accept with media owners like that cunt, meaning 'quality' papers like The Times won't ever challenge bare-faced bullshit from The Sun.
But what of the rest of the press? Do they just snort back that The Sun printed some shit about a UFO on the front page yesterday; what do we expect, no-one really believes it do they? In which case, how would it hurt to expose the lies? Or is it a case of 'there but for the grace of god go I' or 'I might want to work for them one day, better not burn my boats'. In which case, you're a bunch of fucking cowards. Journalists are dying around the world to try and have freedom of speech, and you can't be bothered to expose a totally false piece of journalism that discredits your entire profession and by extension yourself. You pathetic bunch of bastards. No wonder people are abandoning newspapers; no wonder people are reading blogs instead. Because you lot couldn't give a shit.