How journalists were fooled by anti-terrorism ‘expert’


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11:32 pm - September 13th 2009

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contribution by Richard Bartholomew

Following his confession last month, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Donal MacIntyre programme tonight interviewed Glen Jenvey about how he hoaxed the Sun in January into publishing a bogus story about a Muslim plot to attack British Jews.

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Jenvey’s antics came to light because of Tim Ireland’s investigations at Bloggerheads. Bloggerheads does get a brief credit, but unfortunately there is nothing about how Tim uncovered the truth or about the campaign of abuse and harrassment he suffered in the months that followed. However, Jenvey has told me in an email that he wants people to know that he is also sorry for that.

Tom Mangold’s report for Donal MacIntyre comes in the wake of an article published at Spinwatch about Jenvey and some of his associates.

There’s wider general discussion with Nigel West and with Tom Miller of Spinwatch about the phenomenon of intelligence fantasists in general, and why the media and politicans like Patrick Mercer are so quick to fall for them.

I’ve blogged on Jenvey numerous times, the first being in 2006 when he appeared on Newsnight as part of a story that relied on a group called the VIGIL Network.
Glen Jenvey

Jenvey also offers his apologies: Tom Mangold thinks he is “sad rather than bad”, having had a “ghastly” childhood and enjoying media attention.

By the way, the rest of the programme is also worth listening to. There’s a story about a remarkable woman who spends her time looking on social networking sites for evidence of thugs boasting about how they’ve got away with illegal acts; she carries on with her efforts despite facing threats and efforts to shut her down. As she rightly says, the threats mean that they are afraid of her, rather than that she should be afraid of them. Indeed.

The programme should be online to listen to soon here.

Jenvey Obsession

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Richard blogs at Barthsnotes

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Crazy, crazy story… though they didn’t pick up on how Jenvey was then converted by Anjem Choudhary of all people. This story is among the most bizarre on the blogosphere… ever.

No time to provide a link now, but in the USA there’s a man called Joey Skaggs – yes, he DOES have a website AND an entry in Wikipedia] who specialises in fooling indolent and gullible journalists.

Some are gems and still in circulation, like the ‘Cathouse for dogs’ story that made it to Japanese TV.

The investigative blogosphere at its very best – well done, Tim & Barth.

4. douglas clark

Larry Teabag @ 4,

Yes. People like them take this media to a new level of investigative excellence.

Although what Sunny had to say applies too. Weirdest tale yet!


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