The Guardian briefly acknowledged MILO’s vast popularity in Australia before altering a headline by op-ed writer Van Badham.
No wonder the Guardian has been reduced to begging for money.
The hit piece, previously titled “Milo Yiannopoulos has huge support in Australia. It’s up to men to call him out,” was published just after midnight on November 27.
Within a matter of hours, the headline of the piece contained the word “If” at its beginning, however, no indication of the edit was made by the Guardian.
The Guardian often is accused of moving away from solid, fact-based journalism in favor of a more opinionated stance on the news.
One of the most blatant examples comes from Ben Jacobs, who wrote a story about Julian Assange which was published on December 24, 2016.
Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept points out that in the piece titled “Julian Assange gives guarded praise of Trump and blasts Clinton in interview,” Jacobs fabricated quotes made by Assange in order to push the leftist agenda of the Guardian.
“Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has offered guarded praise of Donald Trump. …” the first paragraph of the piece read. Jacobs also claimed that Assange has “long had a close relationship with the Putin regime.”
Both of these “quotes” were completely false, something the Guardian and Jacobs admitted on December 29, via a disclosure of modification at the bottom of the article.
The disclosure reads:
This article was amended on 29 December 2016 to remove a sentence in which it was asserted that Assange “has long had a close relationship with the Putin regime”. A sentence was also amended which paraphrased the interview, suggesting Assange said “there was no need for Wikileaks to undertake a whistleblowing role in Russia because of the open and competitive debate he claimed exists there”. It has been amended to more directly describe the question Assange was responding to when he spoke of Russia’s “many vibrant publications”.
This type of assault on basic journalism is possibly one reason why the Guardian begs for money from its readers at the bottom of each article.
“We have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can,” the beg for help reads. “So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.”
Badham herself lacks any kind of journalistic integrity, choosing to smear those she does not agree with while using questionable sources, or none at all, to back up her own opinions.
In her op-ed, Badham claims MILO is a “leading proponent of the white nationalist “alt-right” movement” that has “ advised neo-Nazi groups” and “thinks Nazism is funny,” backing up her claim by linking to Buzzfeed.
Badham also claims MILO was “banned from Twitter for encouraging the sexist and racist abuse of Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones,” however, she does not link to any source for this as there is no evidence of MILO encouraging his former Twitter followers to do so.
At the Guardian, uncomfortable truths continue to be difficult to swallow.
Featured Image Via Twitter/Van Badham