Last month, The Red Roar revealed that the alt-left site, The Canary, had lifted an article by the right-wing Mail columnist, Peter Hitchens, to attack a human rights organisation. Yesterday, the website used an essay by another right-wing Mail commentator, Peter Oborne, to suggest the BBC is in tow to the ‘Israeli lobby.’
Oborne’s nine-year old, 11,000-word piece, which was linked to in The Canary article, alleges deep, shadowy influence of pro-Israel Jews in British politics, media, and foreign policy. Much of the study is misleading and was debunked in the Guardian at the time of publication.
The story was written in response to a complaint against the Andrew Marr show, upheld by the BBC. Upset that the complaint related to a misleading claim about Israeli Defence Forces’ violence towards Palestinians, and not for “failing to hold the Conservative Government to account,” this led The Canary to suggest the complaint may have been upheld because of jewish influence over the media.
Other sources used by The Canary in the above paragraph are from The Electronic Intifada and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the co-founder of which has been expelled from the Labour Party over comments made about Jewish Labour MP, Louise Ellman. The Electronic Intifada has published articles claiming the Israel lobby “manufactured UK Labour’s antisemitism crisis,” and “funded Ruth Smeeth MP,” published after Smeeth was accused by Marc Wadsworth of working “hand in hand” with the right-wing media.