Story has been regurgitated for last four years – and now being treated as ‘news’ again
The so-called ‘mainstream’ media are today launching yet another attack on the ‘new left media’, in the form of a regurgitated attack on The Canary that has been in circulation for the last four years.
The ‘hook’ for the latest attack is an a site’s decision to blacklist the news site, presumably in response to lobbying by an unaccountable campaign site.
The Canary’s Jewish co-founder Nancy Mendoza has issued a statement on the renewed assault. As none of the media outlets are likely to include it in full, here it is:
As a Jewish co-founder of The Canary, I find the continued recycling of this smear campaign both personally offensive and transparently cynical.
One key goal of our anti-racism work is to show that people can change their minds. Steve Topple did exactly that. He made antisemitic comments before learning more and apologising at length. Critically, Steve’s views are forever changed and he remains committed to fighting racism of any kind.
The facts were the same when the likes of Riley and Oberman promoted this long-dead story in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and today. That both continue to target a left-wing media outlet co-founded by Jewish people, and led by an LGBT woman of colour I believe speaks more to their values than ours.
The fact this witch hunt has been forced to regurgitate the same long-settled story repeatedly is further evidence of its baselessness. We are proud that through our journalism, we tackle racism, bullying and all forms of bigotry on a daily basis – rather than simply weaponising it for political ends.
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