the pro-Hamas Guardian managed to quote the former foreign minister of Israel, Tzipi Livni, who was talking about Palestinian attitudes and perceptions of Israeli government actions, in such a way that views she attributed to some Palestinian leaders appeared to be being expressed as her own, and/or those of the Israeli government. As a former sub I can tell you that while this occasionally happens in the best regulated, staffed and managed editorial operations, it is really difficult to do by accident. They have published a disgraceful clarification, which goes like this (colour emphasis mine):
A quote by Tzipi Livni, Israel’s former foreign minister, within a panel that formed part of the Palestine papers, was cut in a way that may have given a misleading impression. The quote appeared as:
“The Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we’ll say that it is impossible, we already have the land and cannot create the state.”
To clarify, the full quote is:
“I understand the sentiments of the Palestinians when they see the settlements being built. The meaning from the Palestinian perspective is that Israel takes more land, that the Palestinian state will be impossible, the Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we’ll say that it is impossible, we already have the land and cannot create the state.” (What they said … 24 January, page 4.)
One commenter on the post on Harry's Place (click link) says the Guardian piece is a hit-job on Israel and the Palestinian Authority, intended to be helpful to Hamas. I think this is right, and consistent with the Guardian's editorial policy for some years now. Its coverage of Israel is worse than unbalanced, it is not only racist but, apparently quite deliberately, feeds a thousand hate sites around the world.
Can the Guardian not be stopped?
Should it be?