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Skwawkbox and the Canary under fire in Report, “Antisemitism and the alternative media”.

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Police investigating calls for CAA personnel to be shot and beheaded after Canary editor says Jews like CAA “gonna get their asses dragged all over town” by BLM as far-left phalanx launches

Canary Chief  Kerry-Anne Mendoza.

Report: Corbynite sites feature far-right tropes

Lee Harpin Jewish Chronicle

EXCLUSIVE: Study for the government analyses The Canary and Skwawkbox next to other extremist outlets

The Canary and Skwawkbox, two of the websites most closely linked to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, have been found to promote “heavily negative coverage of Jewish issues” to audiences that are “associated with antisemitism”, a damning new government report has found.

An analysis of content published online by the websites revealed alarming parallels between editorial lines taken by the two sites and that of the extreme far-right online outlet Radio Albion, when it came to the reporting of stories involving Jews.

The above article is not going to be friendly to the Canary nor to Skwawkbox.

The author of the study, carried out by King’s College London for the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism is Lord John Mann, He is, amongst other things, a man who ditched Labour for the hard right and a fanatical supporter of Brexit. He is not somebody we hold in any esteem whatsoever.* Many in the labour movement consider him a turncoat.
Nevertheless there are some worrying indications from the JC article. They show serious reasons to be concerned about these two alt-left alt-news sites and their  content.

The present Blog post here is just, as Wikipedia would put it, a stub for future analysis.

The 77-page document, Antisemitism and the alternative media, which will be sent to government ministers next week, set out to explore four online websites – two that have been associated with the Labour left and two with far-right associations — in unprecedented depth in order to better understand the ideologies they promote and the audiences they were reaching.

This stands out,

The report gives further detail on the way it believes Skwawkbox, which is edited by hard-left activist Steven Walker, has promoted the viewpoint that British Jews who support the state of Israel — along with members of organisations such the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM)  and Labour Friends of Israel  (LFI) — are a corrupting influence on politics in this country.

We await an Exclusive from Skwawky in asp on the issues.

No doubt with this template (yesterday)

Exclusive: BoD and JLM given veto to exclude expert nominees from Labour’s ‘independent’ antisemitism ‘advisory board’



“Mann was one of only three Labour MPs, along with Ian Austin and Kevin Barron, to defy a three-line whip and to vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the 15 January 2019 Meaningful vote. On 29 January 2019, Mann was one of seven Labour MPs to vote with the Conservative Government supporting Graham Brady‘s amendment mandating Theresa May to renegotiate the Irish backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement. The other six MPs were Austin, Barron, Jim FitzpatrickRoger GodsiffKate Hoey and Graham Stringer.[47] On 3 April 2019, Mann was one of twelve Labour and ex-Labour MPs to vote alongside the Conservatives against the Cooper Bill, which had been supported by the Labour Party. Nonetheless, the bill passed the House of Commons with a difference of one vote. On 3 September 2019, Mann and Hoey were the only Labour MPs to vote with the Government in an attempt to prevent MPs from taking control of the house to block a potential no-deal Brexit, saying “I didn’t vote with the government. I voted against an amendment that is deliberately calculated to block Brexit”


Written by Andrew Coates

January 28, 2021 at 4:58 pm

4 Responses

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  1. I cannot comment too much on the Canary – I rarely access it – but the Skwawkbox is, as we all know, beyond defending, epecially in the way its BTL is allowed to degenerate into shrill, potty mouthed, vitriol against anyone – such as myself – attempting to point out the lack of an emperor’s attire. It makes much of its membership of IMPRESS – I just wonder if IMPRESS has ever looked carefully at their client ? Its willingness to see the hand of invisible Jewish bodies conspiring everywhere is one feature – there are many more. But then, as you say, we cannot – in any fashion – defend the odious “Lord” Mann and his coterie of Tory collaborators and their willingness to ignore the very worse of the Tory agenda and the war being waged on the poor and the defenceless. This is one area where the old “Neither Washington or Moscow” principle must hold sway.

    david walsh

    January 29, 2021 at 12:01 am

    • Agree, the Canary may have had delusions of gradeur but it has little political impact.

      The problem with Skwawkbox is all the things you say David yet it clearly has the ear of a section of people in the labour movement and an effect on some factional battles.

      Andrew Coates

      January 29, 2021 at 9:54 am

  2. Tim Fenton’s Zelo Street has views on all ths. It illustrates some of the dilemmas those of us on this part of the left have here. https://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2021/01/john-manns-regulation-howler.html

    david walsh

    January 30, 2021 at 3:01 pm

  3. I’ve heard claims against the Skwawkbox. I don’t read it religiously at all, but I don’t see what the issue is. Could someone enlighten me? I’m not defending it, I just don’t understand what the problem is.

    G. Whistler

    February 2, 2021 at 4:10 pm

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