Chronicle hack Harpin again – less than 6 months after Chronicle had to pay damages to Labour member over ‘litany of lies’
The Jewish Chronicle is at it again. The right-wing rag has published a claim that Carole Morgan – who set up a hugely-successful crowdfund to cover any legal expenses incurred by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is still under relentless Establishment attack – hid her involvement in a company set up to administer donations.
The claim is wholesale fake news.
The premise of the article is that Ms Morgan is a ‘person of significant control’ in Truth Defence, an organisation set up by Jewish people to counter mainstream disinformation and smears.
But Morgan was registered with Truth Defence eight days after she set up the crowdfund. More to the point, Truth Defence plays no role whatsoever in administering the funds raised through the crowdfunder.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Truth Defence for comment. A spokesperson said:
Truth Defence does not in any way control or administer the funds raised. The funds will be administered by an independent trust set up specifically for the purpose. This was stated clearly in the update that the Jewish Chronicle smear itself points to, so it has no excuse for publishing such fake news – they even quote the part in the update about setting up the trust in the article!
To make things worse, Carole’s involvement with Truth Defence is made perfectly clear in the same update – so she didn’t ‘fail to mention’ it and we’ve got nothing to do with administering the money.
It’s also worth noting that the Jewish Chronicle mentions John Ware more than once in its article, but doesn’t mention that he is now involved in the ownership of the paper. Considering the fund was set up because Ware said he wanted to sue Jeremy Corbyn, you’d think that should be disclosed.
The trust is not Truth Defence and Truth Defence is not the trust. The Jewish Chronicle has published an egregious smear and has seemingly learned nothing from its humiliating and expensive lesson less than 6 months ago.
The Morgan article was written by one Lee Harpin. Earlier this year, the Jewish Chronicle was forced to pay compensation to Liverpool Labour member Audrey white after Harpin wrote a string of articles making false accusations against Ms White.
After the payout, the Merseyside Pensioners’ Association, to which Ms White belongs, condemned Harpin’s claims as a ‘litany of lies’ – and the Chronicle didn’t even try to defend its claims, paying Ms White in an out-of-court settlement rather than face a judge.
To add insult to the rag’s self-inflicted injury, regulator IPSO – hardly known for being tough on its members, as it’s run by them – hammered the Chronicle not only for publishing false information and failing to check its accuracy, but for its failure to cooperate with IPSO during the investigation.
The SKWAWKBOX attempted to contact the Jewish Chronicle for comment but the organisation did not answer its phone.
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