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Blog Bites Man!
Here is a great article that should also peak Benjamin's interest as it involves the British Press and militant Islam.
And note, that as the old saying goes, "No good deed ever goes unpunished".

Quote:I recently wrote in TCS that the house organ of Britain's socialist chatterati, The Guardian, had hired itself a trophy terrorist sympathizer. I reported the unmasking of a "trainee journalist" who was a member of the Islamo-fascist group Hiz ut-Tahir. This is a radical organization banned throughout most of Europe and much of the Middle East, although it is legal in Britain. Trainee Dilpazier Aslam was writing features about terrorism for The Guardian with his connections to a notorious terrorist propagandist never revealed to the reader, who thought he was reading dispassionate, factual accounts.

Scott Burgess' conservative/libertarian blog The Daily Ablution specializes in monitoring and commenting on some of the loonier aspects of Britain's leftist press: The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer. Burgess read some of Aslam's pieces -- in which the trainee wrote that he considered today's British-born Muslims "sassy" and wrote that today's young British terrorists "aren't afraid to rock the boat" -- and smelled a rat. Background work revealed not only was the trainee a member of Hiz ut-Tahir, but he had previous journalistic experience of writing for its bloodthirsty magazine which specializes in incitement to harm Jews and also mandates the re-establishment of the Caliphate. Burgess wrote to The Guardian asking whether the paper's editors knew of Aslam's affiliations and, if they did, why they did not share this information with people who were innocently reading his pieces as objective journalism.

Two or three letters failed to get a reply from the haughty Guardian, but fellow traveler The Independent, spotting an opportunity to embarrass its rival, picked up the ball and ran with it. Meanwhile, The Guardian kept its head down and hoped everything would blow over. But what blew over was a storm of indignation from some of Britain's best known bloggers. The story developed legs and The Guardian finally capitulated by sacking Aslam. The editors announced they had given him the option to resign from Hiz ut-Tahir, but he had declined and chosen to leave The Guardian instead. Snubbed by a terrorist sympathizer! It doesn't get much worse and the paper threw itself into an almighty, self-exculpatory snit.

Pride stung, instead of accepting that it had been revealed to be utterly bereft of such ethics as we journalists claim to have and apologizing to its readers, it went to work on a snide trashing of Burgess, referring to him, as "someone who stays indoors a lot". It also made the Hillar-esque claim to have been the victim of a vast right wing bloggers' conspiracy. Except, one of Burgess's staunchest allies throughout this episode had been Harry's Place, a literate, universally well-regarded left-leaning blog.

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
H. L. Mencken
I believe that the editor for news Albert Scardino may well lose his job over this as Alan Rusbridger, the editor in chief has hinted the paper is in crisis over what is being nicknamed "sassygate".

I read about this a few days ago in the Guardian, here is how they reported it:
Quote:Dilpazier Aslam is a 27-year-old British Muslim from Yorkshire. After university he studied journalism at Sheffield University with the help of a bursary from the Sheffield Star.

He was a journalistic trainee on the Matlock Mercury in 2004. He won the NUJ George Viner award for promising black journalists in 2003.

He was selected to be one of the Guardian trainees under its diversity scheme and began the year-long programme in October 2004, working in many editorial departments across the paper, including research, photos, graphics, Guardian North, G3s, Guardian Unlimited and the city office.

On his 15-page application form he did not mention that he was a member of the Islamist political party, Hizb ut-Tahrir, despite being invited to describe any participation in public affairs or political campaigning.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a legal organisation in this country, though banned in others. It is described in an internal Home Office briefing note as a "radical, but to date non-violent Islamist group."

The note says of the organisation that it is "an independent political party that is active in many countries across the world. HT's activities centre on intellectual reasoning, logic arguments and political lobbying. The party adheres to the Islamic sharia law in all aspects of its work."

Here is the link, you may need to register with the site though.,00.htm

I believe they had nobel intentions, despite unfortunate outcome. I wouldn't doubt the Guardians integrity over this matter in the face of the feeding frenzy that came from the right-wing bloggers:

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Picture is a bit dramatic :roll:, quite funny though.

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