Oops: game show figure tries to attack hugely-loved Jewish author, but uses article supposed to praise smearer who attacked him that confirmed Newbon was repeat-offender troll whose uni employers had repeatedly had to discipline supposed ‘activist’ for his social media conduct. It didn’t end well
Game show figure Rachel Riley decided it was wise this week to attack hugely-loved Jewish children’s author Michael Rosen – and used an article by a pro-Israel right-winger praising the late former director of so-called ‘Labour against antisemitism’, Pete Newbon, claiming that the hugely-talented and deeply pleasant Rosen ‘turned her stomach’:
But, oh dear, the article Ms Riley linked to also confirms Skwawkbox’s reporting that Newbon was a serial social media troll who had been repeatedly disciplined by his employers, Northumbria University, for his appalling conduct – so often that he had been given a ‘final written warning‘ – and that at the time of his suicide Newbon was being sued by one of the victims of his smears, whose life had been endangered by Newbon’s actions.
That conduct included not only Newbon’s disgraceful smear that had bastardised Rosen’s book to attack former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – but also repeatedly harassed, defamed and abused the private information of James Wilson, putting Wilson’s life in potential danger.
Newbon and two other pro-Israel campaigners were being sued by Wilson for their smears – and the legal case was not going well for them. Skwawkbox helpfully pointed out to Ms Riley what she had highlighted:
Instead of thanking this site for the information, Ms Riley blocked Skwawkbox’s Twitter account:
Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
Ms Riley’s tweet didn’t end well. Skwawkbox was not the only one to comment: more than double the number of comments and critical ‘quote tweets’ than positive shares, with some pointing out other questionable comments by the TV ‘personality’, of which a tiny selection is below:
Rosen took the high road and did not engage directly, but did comment on tweets by the creator of the original post that used the Newbon article to attack Rosen – ironically, a colleague at Goldsmiths university:
Read here for further analysis of what Hirsh’s article gives away about the late Pete Newbon and background on his and his group’s appalling treatment of Michael Rosen and others.
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