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Friday, July 29, 2005

Another MSM Scalp for the Blogosphere

H/T EU Rota

Seems that the UK's Guardian is looking for a new executive editor.

Breaking: Guardian Editor Quits Over Sassygate
Posted at 12:36 BST

Last night I was informed by a journalist that Albert Scardino, the Guardian's executive editor for news, has resigned as a direct result of Sassygate. My impression from that source's report is that his position had become untenable because of the split between Mr. Aslam's supporters and those who wanted him fired (the latter including, to his credit, Ian "Clark County" Katz).

According to that source, Alan Rusbridger has conceded that the Aslam affair and its internal repercussions constitute a significant crisis for the paper.

Today a second source, with close connections to the Guardian, has independently confirmed Mr. Scardino's resignation. This person also cites the Aslam situation as the primary factor.

More to come - including, I hope, the identity of "a staff reporter".
That's a shame...

Seems that the Guardian thought it was a great idea to hire an Islamofascist who advocated the destruction of western civilization and was part of an Islamic organization with that as their mission statement.
It will come as no surprise to many Ablution readers that our favourite Guardian cub reporter, the irrepressibly sassy Dilpazier Aslam, was working for this group as recently as June of last year, when he was writing for the Hizb Ut Tahrir magazine. The email address given for Mr. Aslam is at the domain, which belongs to that organisation.

From the magazine's mission statement:
"We maintain that the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ is not only inevitable but imperative."

Imperative! Don't worry though, it will be a peaceful "clash" - while it's true that western governments and institutions will of course have to be destroyed, that destruction won't be violent:
"[The organisation's leader] accepts that the very notion of a caliphate implies the destruction of institutions and government systems, but believes there is no alternative - although he stresses the transition will not be violent."

A recent incident illustrates the means by which this nonviolent imperative may be carried out; namely, via the useful expedient of threatening parliamentary candidates with death. The candidate in question explains:
"'I was meeting people who live in the flats. Hizb-ut-Tahrir suddenly filled the room and blocked the door. I tried speaking calmly. They then said I was parading as a false prophet and served a sentence of death on me. They were claiming I was representing myself as a false deity and for this apostasy I would be sentenced to the gallows,' he said."

Guess who the candidate was - no really, take a guess.

Give up? It was none other than Gorgeous George Galloway!

Think about that for a minute. The Grauniad's [an islamofascist rag] fresh-faced trainee was until recently, and very likely still is, a vocal member of a group that threatens George Galloway with death (though no doubt a peaceful one) in the name of fundamentalist Islam.

Of course, the organisation is (still) a legal one, and the Grauniad is free to employ whomever they want. But one can't help but wonder if their earnest editors would have any comment on (say) the Telegraph hiring and providing a forum for a member of an international organisation of right-wing racists that urges followers to "kill [Jews] wherever you find them," as Mr. Aslam's group does.

How do you think Mr. Aslam's employers [at The Guardian] would view that?

Michelle Malkin covering, too

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