The newspaper yesterday defended its decision to host the blog and said it has had no complaints. A spokeswoman said: “Our readers are entitled to their opinions and, within the law, they’re entitled to publish them on the My Telegraph blogging platform. We believe our readers are intelligent and discerning enough to avoid the content they dislike and report that which offends. That doesn’t mean the Telegraph necessarily endorses their opinions nor promotes them.”
What actually happened is that Telegraph readers didn’t even notice the difference between what the BNP councillor is saying and what the paper’s journalists write anyway.
Barnbrook says: Blame the immigrants. Who is the Telegraph to disagree? This is a goldmine for bloggers to watch… I wonder how long it’ll take before the idiot says something beyond the pale and the Torygraph takes it down.
Update: Neil D on Harry’s Place says:
The Guardian apparently has no moral objections to propagating the views of far right sectarians, as it actively solicits pieces by Muslim Brotherhood supporters such as Faisal Bodi, Anas Altikriti, Ismail Patel and Soumaya Ghannoushi. They even publish, on a regular basis, work by Azzam Tamimi, a Hamasâ€™ â€œSpecial Envoyâ€œ and wannabe suicide bomber.
This rather silly. Most of them might be conservative right-wingers,
and Faisal Bodi a complete idiot, but comparing them to the BNP is disingenuous. They don’t go around spouting racial or religious hatred (Bodi and Azzam Tammimi excluded).
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