August 02, 2019
A leftwing pro-Corbyn website has blamed “political Zionists” after it was forced to downsize due to a fall in advertising revenue.
Pro-Corbyn Website The Canary Blames Political Zionists After Its Forced To Downsize
The Canary, founded and headed by Kerry-Anne Mendoza, announced in an email to readers that it could no longer afford to employ freelancers and would instead be reduced to a core of seven editors and writers.
The site has vigorously defended Jeremy Corbyn in the ongoing row over anti-Semitism, describing media coverage of the scandal as “hit-jobs”.
One article, titled “The inconvenient truths that prove it is not anti-semitic to compare Israel to Nazi Germany”, prompted Sheffield Hallam University to blacklist the site as advertisers.
The university told HuffPost UK: “As a University we pride ourselves on being open, inclusive and tolerant.
“We took the decision to remove our ad because we are uncomfortable being associated with articles of this nature, regardless of what platform they appear on.”
The website has also been accused of being “hyper-partisan” in its unflinching support for Corbyn and in 2017, journalist Owen Jones accused it of “promoting conspiracy theories”.
In 2016 it claimed a PR firm staffed by Blairites had orchestrated a coup against Corbyn and in the same year, ran a false story that the US election had been rigged.
In the email announcing the downsizing, The Canary insisted it was “against the actions of the state, not the Jewish people an an ethnic group” and claimed it had been “smeared with accusations of anti-Semitism by those who’ve weaponised it for political ends”.
It added: “In the current post-truth political landscape, accusations stick – despite facts to the contrary. That means advertisers are susceptible to pressure from political Zionists and our advertising revenue is under fire.”
The site has been a target of a group called Stop Funding fake news which has been successful in getting advertisers to blacklist it and has attracted the support of TV presenter and anti-Semitism campaigner, Rachel Riley.Bye bye birdie! Hyper-partisan fake news website The Canary is on its last legs!This is HUGE!!! Congratulations to everyone fighting for truth and decency. Proof that lying and hate-mongering DOESN’T pay once it’s exposed!Well done #SFFN, keep it up! 🥳🥳🥳 https://t.co/UuADnW0ZY9pic.twitter.com/mMCP7FMMFQ— Rachel Riley (@RachelRileyRR) August 2, 2019The group told HuffPost UK: “We started the campaign because we were increasingly concerned by the hate, disinformation, and conspiracy theories we saw polluting our Facebook and Twitter feeds recently. Much of what we were seeing used fake news sites, which peddle conspiracy theories and hateful propaganda, as evidence.
“These websites are profiting from hate and lies by selling advertising space. These adverts are placed automatically without the advertiser’s knowledge, so big brands are unwittingly financing hateful propaganda.”
The site has been rated by standards group NewsGuard as “generally maintaining basic standards of credibility and transparency” but a number of companies contacted by HuffPost UK have blacklisted it.
Experian UK said The Canary did not meet their standards for “fake news and offensive views” and Cancer Research UK said as a “politically impartial charity... we do not currently advertise with The Canary.”
Other companies that withdrew advertising include Ted Baker, SkyScanner and Sky.
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