Sun apologises again over fake ‘hit list’


12:32 am - September 24th 2009

by Chris Barnyard    


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The Sun Newspaper published a small apology yesterday, tucked away somewhere in the paper. It read:

OUR story on January 7 about a ‘hit list’ of top British Jews on the website Ummah.com was based on claims by Glen Jenvey who last week confessed to duping several newspapers and Tory MP Patrick Mercer by fabricating stories about Islamic fundamentalism.

Following Mr Jenvey’s confession, we apologise to Ummah.com for the article which we now accept was inaccurate.

The apology was most likely forced by the Press Complaints Commission and followed another half-apology by the Sun last week.

As Liberal Conspiracy has pointed out in the past, the Sun has yet to apologise to Tim Ireland from Bloggerheads, who took apart the story and faced months of abuse and stalking while doing so.

The Media Guardian quoted Sajid Pandore from Ummah.com:

I would like to pay tribute to two bloggers, Tim Ireland and Richard Bartholomew that made the discovery that it was Glen Jenvey who made the comments themselves and also the Press Complaints Commission for investigating.

Richard Bartholomew adds:

Actually, Tim made the discovery and took the heat – I just did some follow-up and background stuff. The above quote will doubtless be used by Dominic Wightman, a former associate of Jenvey who tried to manipulate Tim and me (and to some extent succeeded) into writing about a third person that Wightman had a grudge against. When Wightman’s deception came to light, he defended himself by suggesting that because Sajid had helped us with tracking some IP addresses, Tim (and to a lesser extent, me) were colluding with Islamic extremists as part of a “Black Red Alliance”.

Septicisle also comments:

The whole incident is though instructive of how the tabloids deal with such complaints. Even when an article which appeared on tje front page and made such startling accusations and claims is shown to have been completely inaccurate, the only thing the paper has had to do in any form of reparation is publish the pathetic “clarification” at the top of this post, which was printed in the paper itself on page 12. Any casual reader would think that the Sun was the victim of Jenvey as much as Ummah.com was, when this could not be further from the actuality.

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One of the sorriest of many failures of New Labour is their failure to make any moves against the press; once Blair had made his peace with Murdoch, that was that. Despite all their private vituperation against the Mail and the rest of the right-wing press, they never grasped the nettle of regulation in this as in so many areas. A government scared of power itself and of ever exercising it (see financial crises, passim).

Doesn’t that Bartholomew guy remind you of reverend Farthing out of Dad’s army?
http://www.phill.co.uk/comedy/dadsarmy/char.html
http://barthsnotes.wordpress.com/

No but he is a legend.


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