The Hottest Potato 277


Taking on the Zionist lobby head-on is well nigh impossible.

I have written a stunning piece on Werritty, Israel and a neo-con plot to attack Iran. It contains information not published anywhere, even here. I have circulated it to several national newspapers, for each of which I have written many times. I have never had a piece refused before.

Several national papers have checked out my story factually and nobody has found a single hole in it. But nobody will publish it. I reproduce below every email I have received from any of these papers in reply. They show what a hot potato a serious anti-Zionist is – and I strongly suspect that the repeated inability of editors to make decisions which emerges from these emails shows they need on this subject to consult their proprietors.

The emails are given with the source removed and which is from which paper disguised, because I don’t wish to attack anyone in particular for this generic fear of the Israeli lobby, and also because I hope I may one day work for them again. In fact I still have not received an actual “no” from anybody – just a repeated batting off of the hot potato. The story is so good nobody can actually think of an excuse to refuse it, but they dare not accept it.

I think some of the individuals involved are ashamed. Each of the papers have had the article between five and ten days – which when you consider how the newspaper industry works, is an astonishing period in which nobody is able to make a decision.

“Sorry. … is the editor.”

“Just back in after being out most of day. Jury (i.e. editor) is still out on this one. I’ve spoken to …, and emailed him your copy. Will report back in the morning.”

“Dear Craig, sorry to have been slow back, but I’m on holiday. I’ve looked at your earlier email and can’t find the attachment you mention (of the long piece), but think I’ve got the basic idea. I’m no longer comment editor and don’t commission pieces, but would recommend getting in touch with …(who is comment editor, currently editing …) if you’re thinking of a comment piece. If it’s more news, then … worth talking to, or maybe one of the reporters who’s worked on the Werrity case. Let me know how you get on, all best,”

“Hi Craig OK, had some feedback from the editor. We can’t do anything on this this week, for various reasons. In an ideal world, we would like to hold on to it for another week. We would then have our politics team make some inquiries and then run your piece – or a version of it – alongside a news story on this particular issue (providing of course that our team can come up with one). Obviously there are quite a few ifs and buts here – we can’t guarantee that we will run the piece – so I completely understand if you feel that this is unsatisfactory and that you want to cut your losses and take it elsewhere. In that case, we’ll simply pay you the £200 we’ve already agreed and hope you will consider us again the next time you have something.”

“OK, thanks Craig. Will give you a call or drop you a line tomorrow.”

“I’m temporarily out of action- deal w …?”

“Well, we can pay £200 to hang on to it until tomorrow and then I’ll have to talk to the editor about what he wants to pay to run it but if we ran it at the length you sent it, it would be a minimum of, say, £1,500”

“Yes, there was talk of it on the Today programme as well.”

“Yes, sorry for delay in replying. The answer is we are interested in your piece. It’s too early in the week to say that we’re definitely going to run it. Can we sit on it for the time being and talk again late tomorrow? Naturally, we’ll pay you for the piece”

“Good stuff.”

“Hi Craig. Thanks for your email. This other meeting might allow us to take the story on and reprise a lot of the material which was left out of our original story. What do you think?”

“Hello Craig Thanks for this. Let me have a read and a think about it and then I’ll get back to you. Cheers”

“Craig Having now had a look at your piece, let me have a bit more time to think about it, would you? best wishes”

“Craig I’ve been out of town and offline until this morning. But I’m no longer comment editor, so I don’t commission any articles anyhow best wishes”

“Craig. As I mentioned, I am off this week. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you on Saturday. I have handed your piece over to …, the Foreign editor, and recommended it to him. He is extremely experienced and will have its best wishes at heart as well as the knowhow to secure its place in the paper. I do hope he and you can make it work. With good wishes”

“Craig.. Thank you. I have read it and have now shown it to the editor. He is having a think. I’ll get back to you as soon as I know anything … ”

UPDATE

The banned article can now be read here


277 thoughts on “The Hottest Potato

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  • nuid

    “TEHRAN (Reuters) – A massive explosion at a military arms depot near the Iranian capital Tehran killed 15 servicemen [Revolutionary Guards] on Saturday and seriously wounded several others, in what officials were treating as an accident …
    There were no reports linking the blast to any air strike or other attack.”
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    I suppose it could be an accident. But I keep thinking of that $740 million GW Bush got for ‘ops’ inside Iran. I imagine Obama’s budget is even more … If I was an Iranian Joe Soap I’d be suspicious of everything these days.

  • passerby

    Nuid,
    Giver over mate, the munitions were getting moved around and some w*ankhand has managed to drop some.
    Chose where you get your news from.

  • GuidoDaile

    “I have written a stunning piece… ”

    Ha ha.

    That statement shows precisely what’s wrong with you.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    I do agree with Wendy – I know two wrongs don’t make a right yet I put my hands up to being a regular contributor to PressTV and the Iranian World Service.
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    Pollok
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    Those ‘lovable rogues’ in Iran deserve better than your frivolous comment regarding the Holocaust. Do your research first and realise PressTV is not a carriage for propaganda or the fake scenarios we have recently witnessed on al-Jazeera.

  • mary

    It is a great pity that Craig’s piece is not being published by the corporate media (I never use the term mainstream) and that he is not going to get a fee. I read endless entries on the MPs’ register of interests where they declare sums into £thousands. The drive of some of them to increase their wealth is ceaseless. However the readership here is now enormous and there are many new names appearing on the blog.
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    If another war is waged it will be added to this horrendously long list which commences in 1900. Little Israel’s name crops up many times since 1948.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_2003%E2%80%932010

  • nuid

    “Chose where you get your news from”
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    And what getting news of an explosion outside Tehran from Reuters, via Yahoo, has to do with anything is beyond me. It was a report of a fact. Period.

  • mary

    Some interesting stats on alexa.
    eg
    Upstream Sites
    Which sites did users visit immediately preceding craigmurray.org.uk?
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    % of Unique Visits Percent of visits to craigmurray.org.uk (uniqued daily by user) preceded by a visit to the upstream site.

    Upstream Site
    30.00% google.com
    26.67% twitter.com
    23.33% guardian.co.uk
    20.00% facebook.com

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    Downstream Sites
    Where do visitors go after leaving craigmurray.org.uk?
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    % of Unique Visits Percent of visits to craigmurray.org.uk (uniqued daily by user) followed by a visit to the downstream site.
    Downstream Site
    28.57% google.com
    23.81% twitter.com
    19.05% google.co.uk
    14.29% facebook.com
    14.29% guardian.co.uk
    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/craigmurray.org.uk#

  • angrysoba

    “elisabeth angel”.
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    Spit it out! I can’t stand all this waffle about how you thought XYZ then realized that ABC was true. If you want to deny the Holocaust then say it out loud and stop being such a mealy-mouthed dissident.
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    I really hate this kind of wishy-washyness.

  • angrysoba

    Mark Golding says: Those ‘lovable rogues’ in Iran deserve better than your frivolous comment regarding the Holocaust. Do your research first and realise PressTV is not a carriage for propaganda or the fake scenarios we have recently witnessed on al-Jazeera.

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    You really need to be far down the rabbit hole to think that Press TV, an Iranian state-sponsored media outlet is in no way a propaganda station. And yes, I can show you plenty of evidence that Press TV supports Holocaust denial.
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    I don’t expect it to concern people like Mark Golding, of course. He’s far down the rabbit hole.

  • MJ

    Mary: those stats are very fishy, adding up to exactly 100% like that. They suggest that all of Craig’s visitors come from and go to those 5 sites.

  • hungryghost pinholemouth

    Had to struggle to get over my respect for preeminent publications myself. Sometimes you just end up writing samizdat. Then media rejection is a testament to your integrity. That’s what counterpunch.org, truthout.org, zcommunications.org are for.

  • Daisy

    Talking of concentration camps and mass murder within, check out the forgotten one.
    The one written out of history – a history that bears examination unlike some others.
    I write of course of Jasenovac.
    Where our christian!! Serb allies died in probably their hundred thousands murdered by the croatians in ways even their Nazi friends considered barbaric and sub human.
    Whether this camp is forgotten because the victims were christian and therefore unmemorable and not worth the endless reparations that some demand – including, incredibly a fleet of nuclear capable submarines – the latest blood offering demanded from the German taxpayer – or whether we have no wish to embarrass either ourselves or the Croatians, who knows.
    The fact that we attacked Serbia in a frenzied Blairite pushed neo/con neo lib war is sickening.
    They were fighting a CIA/MI6/german intel/Bin Laden (yes really!!) created islamic fundamentalist terror organization armed, financed and sponsored by the US and Britain in particular and we bombed the defenceless civilian population from 30,000 feet for 78 days and unrelenting nights.
    We bombed and then watched over half a million of our WW2 allies ethnically cleansed by the Nazi supporting Abanians and Croatians.
    Why – for the black ops of the CIA drug trafficking cartel who wanted a non Serb Kosovo – now the European base. Quibbles over pipe lines and Caspian oil and for a great fat American base – Camp Bondsteel
    And we conveniently write Jasenovac, which played a part in the ethnic tensions of the last conflict, out of history.
    If good people had stood up against the completely illegal attack on the Serbs deliberately engineered by Blair and the Clinton admin, there may have been no Iraq,no Afghanistan and no Libya.
    The lies told against the Serbs were as phony and grievous as any others told. Sadly, unlike today, they had no alternative way of getting out their side of the story. NATO even took out their only TV station killing nearly 20 civilians – which was actually a war crime. But then NATO can commit the grossest of war crimes with impunity.

  • Fedup

    Mary,
    Don’t you think this site is under attack by the usual suspects?
    Searching for what? Twitting about what? and going to Guardian that is the pits of the universe and totally owned.

  • Sunflower

    So, the Stephen reincarnated as a Bear. How befitting.
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    RT would propably take the story but as you say might not be the ideal forum. Al-Jazerra is a complete joke.
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    Craig, thank you again for being a human with integrity. Don’t underestimate the power of this blog, it will spread. In the misty sea of greedy zionism you shine like a lighthouse.

  • Fedup

    Mark Golding,
    I am right next to you in the rabbit hole, in fact we are legion in the rabbit hole. Why do you even bother answering back? Waste of good energy, don’t you think?

  • angrysoba

    Mark, You cannot imagine what I have found at the bottom of your rabbit hole – I’ll tell you we I arrive back from the other side…

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    I have said some nasty things about you in my time and I think I shouldn’t have said such things. But you really need to stop thinking that Press TV is an “independent news station”.

  • ingo

    Daisy, tells us all about the war crimes committed in Srebrenizca and Sarajevo, some background on the historic self pity and loathing for all things Muslim, since the 14th century, if you don’t mind, we can cope with the attrocities of both sides here, as long as you are not craving for sympathy.
    Its not the hottest potato by a long shot.

    We don’t deny the complicity of Blair and Clinton in the bombing from great hight, but the issue is not as clear cut as you make it out.
    For you to suggest that Christian death are unmemorable or not worth of reparations is worth debating, but it is disingenous to say the least, too many people died on all sides, because Tito never thought of what followed his carefull balanced Parliament, he could have foreseen what ethnic tension existed and what would happen after his death.

    Serbian ego politics, the poetic blood trust invested in Karadjic and the utter violence that was released in these conflicts will make it a sore wound for decades to come.

  • Canspeccy

    “I have no desire to serve a regime that hangs young gays from cranes in public”
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    That’s an admirable sentiment, but is there not some inconsistency with your readiness to appear on the BBC, thereby serving a regime that just participated in dropping 80,000 tons of bombs on Libyan citizens, thereby killing an estimated 50,000, of whom at least a few must have been gays.

  • arsalan

    Craig there were Muslims in the camps. It is just the reason they were placed their wasn’t due to religion but ethnicity.
    But I am not sure whether the reason people were interned would make much of a difference to the people interned?
    Just because gypsies in Dale farm are Catholics, it doesn’t mean the ones to the East are.
    Large numbers of Gypsies and Slavs are Muslims.
    And even though Muslims are a minority in Poland they were disproportionately higher numbers fell victim to both Nazi and Communist rule that followed it, because of a greater percentage of them were in the Polish army.

  • Daisy

    Hello Ingo

    Seems you have swallowed the MSM and NATO propaganda against the Serbs hook line and sinker.
    First I would like you to consider a little closer the Bosnian war situation.
    Have you ever taken the trouble to research the best friend of Bill Hillary, Tony and Madeleine in Bosnia?
    Alia Izetbegovic.
    Radical islamic fundamentalist whose aim was a Bosnian islamic state similar to that of the old Turkish caliphate.
    Masses on the internet
    Here is just one site.
    http://emperors-clothes.com/bosnia/izet.htm
    You see from this the now admitted fact that NATO and the Islamics imported hard core islamic fighters from Afghanistan and other islamic territories to fight against the Serbs.
    Unlike the draconian punishments handed to the Serbs at the Hague this is the report of a Bosnian given a mere three years for beheading Serb prisoners.
    Rather graphic but this is what the Serbs were fighting and the powers that be were lying about to you
    http://sheikyermami.com/2008/09/16/the-hague-muslim-commander-gets-only-3-years-for-beheading-serb-prisoners/
    As for the siege of Sarajevo this is the testimony of a UN Canadian Gen just recently at the Hague.
    http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/highly-specialised-snipers
    The muslims also fired on their own and blamed the Serbs.
    As for sebrenica.
    I suggest you look behind the NATO Jamie Shea, Blairite propaganda and use some logic.
    Sebrenica was a smallish country town. What were 8000 armed muslims doing there?
    They were doing the obvious. It was a military base.
    They had used this base to commit mass murder and rape around the countryside beyond to ethnically cleanse the Serbia inhabitants. Plenty more evidence of mass beheadings if you want to check and can stomach it.
    Many of the interred bodies were dead Serbs. You just don’t get told about them.
    Yes Mladic attacked – it was a war. It was a military base that had been killing and brutalizing the Serbian population.
    Were the Serbs not entitled to fight back?
    There were no way near the casualties claimed. It has been a propaganda millstone to beat the Serbs with for 10 years or more.
    I was being sarcastic about the value of christian life.
    It makes me realise how easily it is for you to misunderstand certain things.
    Serbia was the blueprint for Libya.
    An alliance between radical islam and NATO. The creation of an opposition using fundamentalists agents. The importation of radical islamic fighters as mercenaries. The brutally of these mercenaries against the existing population etc. The endless lies about so called crimes against humanity that never happened.
    There was no ethnic cleansing by the Serbs. proved by the foreign pathologists post war.
    Only the ethnic cleansing of the Serbs.
    Something around 300,000 with 20,000 murdered from the Krajina, 250,000 from Kosovo and an untold number from Bosnia.
    Oh and by the way check out ‘Racak’.
    The now infamous false flag – a collusion of the CIA and the KLA – that enabled Clinton and Blair to attack the Serbs within minutes.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    I appreciate Craig’s dilemma propagating essential information; important because ‘Cells that fire together, wire together’ and that is insight (hebbian) for most of us here.
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    From the bottom of the ‘rabbit hole’ I thought of BIrCOM as in Britain Iran Communications and Research Centre, just to keep journalists guessing; orchestrating debate is key here – but can it be conceived on a shoestring?

  • angrysoba

    CanSpaccy:
    That’s an admirable sentiment, but is there not some inconsistency with your readiness to appear on the BBC, thereby serving a regime that just participated in dropping 80,000 tons of bombs on Libyan citizens, thereby killing an estimated 50,000, of whom at least a few must have been gays.

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    You are a complete knob! 😀

  • angrysoba

    Craig there were Muslims in the camps. It is just the reason they were placed their wasn’t due to religion but ethnicity.
    But I am not sure whether the reason people were interned would make much of a difference to the people interned?
    Just because gypsies in Dale farm are Catholics, it doesn’t mean the ones to the East are.
    Large numbers of Gypsies and Slavs are Muslims.
    And even though Muslims are a minority in Poland they were disproportionately higher numbers fell victim to both Nazi and Communist rule that followed it, because of a greater percentage of them were in the Polish army.

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    No doubt Arsalan is correct about the fact that Nazis persecuted some Muslims. Certainly Hitler had it in for Muslims and Arabs also. However, Hitler had a much bigger bug up his ass about Jews and about Gypsies and the handicapped. Hitler did all he could to wipe out all. Can we just please not give the time of day to the idiots who come here and deny such well-known stuff?

  • wendy

    “You really need to be far down the rabbit hole to think that Press TV, an Iranian state-sponsored media outlet is in no way a propaganda station. And yes, I can show you plenty of evidence that Press TV supports Holocaust denial.”
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    however presstv also hosts many “hard core” / “hawkish” pro zionists – pro israeli commentators in their discussions etc. so this is not just one way others are given a chance to air their opinions.
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    ive not really noted explicit holocaust denial maybe you should provide some of this evidence, i have to say ofcom has not brought any issue of holocaust denial in its complaints against presstv.
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    and so what if presstv has an agenda .. name one station that doesnt .. i think as consenting adults we understand the name of the game and understand the rules. they have an agenda and we have an agenda ..
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    one has to use the tools available as effectively and as often as possible – especially when one does not have the means to create a broadcasting network – be it fox news or presstv.
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    just look at the way our governments in the west have used twitter and facebook to drive the so called arab spring .. under the guise once again of freedom and democracy .. whilst effecting regime change in our image .. “same as it ever was” .

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