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How extremism works
I am lucky over here, in that we really do have excellent journalism. However, this is not universal nor limited to only the daily papers.
One supplement to the news i read, is a fortnightly publication called Private Eye
. There was one such article in it which i read today, that i thought was so insightful, that i have typed it out by hand (no copy and paste as there's no www article you see?) just for you buggers.
I hope it is appreciated.
"Extremist threat to UK jews" screamed The Sun's front page on Jan 7, above the exclusive story of a "hate hit list" of british jews feared to be targeted by islamic extremists seeking revenge for israel's invasion of Gaza.
The story cited postings made to online muslim forum ummah.com on which 'abuislam' asked: "have we got a list of top jews we can target? Can someone post names and addresses?"
The Sun's 'anti-terror expert' Glen Jenvey, warned his readers: "those listed should treat it very seriously. Expect a hate campaign and intimidation by 20 or 30 thugs"
But where did the thugs come from? One member of the ummah.com forum had suggested collecting names of israel's supporters "so that we can write polite letters". And when abuislam asked for "top jews we can target", the same member advised against direct action: "the best thing to do is not to contact them directly, but identify a muslim organisation who works in that field or in the area and convince them to act to marginalise the zionist activity".
Abuislam was having none of it however: "polite will not work. Target them with demos outside their homes and business; hit and run demos showing and exposing their war crimes in their support" he wrote.
So who is this abuislam who wants to run a hate campaign against "siralan" sugar and co?
Suspicion was roused by ummah's administrators when their system detected that his account had been accessed using the same computer as another user by the name of Richard Tims. A glance over Mr Tims' history on the site revealed that he only posted on the forum to promote a website - the now defunct www. sellyourstory. org - offering cash for islamic stories "wanted by the media worldwide".
And who was listed as the contact for sellyourstory? Step forward…. Glen Jenvey, The Sun's terror expert.
The story has since been removed from the sun's website, and the PCC is investigating a number of complaints.
such little tricks, as this example of creating a story, is not limited to UK papers....... just so you know
Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!
Last edited by PaoloSmythe; 01-23-2009 at 11:05 AM.