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Private Eye’s Response to Reader Shows Support for Anti-Semitic Smear Campaign

I’ve posted many pieces of my blog from Private Eye criticizing the Tories and Tony Blair. Yesterday I put up a couple of pieces, one of which was about the magazine’s cover in 1998 which showed Blair watching a bank of monitors and demanding a leftie be thrown out of the Labour party. However, today’s Private Eye for 21 September – 4 October 2018 carries a story on page 13 which seems to suggest that the satirical magazine is firmly behind the anti-Semitism smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.

It’s a response to a letter they had in their last issue from a reader, Dorothy Macedo, who was outraged at the false accusations of anti-Semitism. The Eye writes

Eye 1478 featured a letter from Dorothy Macedo cancelling her subscription and saying: “Accusing someone of being anti-Semitic isn’t funny. (This is particularly true when there is no evidence, just accusations.) By repeating the sort of crude smears favoured by the Daily Mail, Private Eye has crossed a line.

Many thanks to the Eye reader who pointed out that Ms Macedo crops up on Facebook as one of the team members involved in running the Worthing and Adur chapter of Labour’s hard-left Momentum movement. The official stance of Momentum HQ is that there’s actually lots of anti-Semitism in the Labour party – the group claimed in April that it’s “more widespread in the Labour party than many of us had understood”, and that “accusations of anti-Semitism should not and cannot be dismissed simply as right-wing smears.” Just fancy that!

There are a number of features about the Eye’s reply that need criticizing. Firstly, there’s the sneering attitude to Macedo herself as a member of Momentum, which they characterize as hard left. Momentum isn’t, not by a long chalk. It’s very traditional labour as I’ve stated over and again, ad nauseam. It favours a mixed economy, renationalization of the NHS, strong welfare state and unions, and decent wages, job conditions and security for working people. It’s members are not ‘Trots’ nor ‘Stalinists’ or whatever else the right wants to smear them as. But Private Eye has consistently repeated the right-wing claim that Corbyn is far left, despite this being refuted by MPs like George Galloway. I stopped reading the Eye for a little while because I was sick and tired of these persistent smears. As well as casual comments, the Eye ran a series of cartoons, ‘Focus on Fact’, which attacked the Labour leader for events in the 1980s.

As for the claims about anti-Semitism being far more widespread in the Labour party than previously believed, this appears to be the attitude of Momentum’s leader, Jon Lansman, and his fellows. I don’t believe it’s held by Momentum’s base, and certainly isn’t held by Jewish Voice for Labour. Their members said at the counterrally they held against the demo against Corbyn by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism and the Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies that genuine anti-Semitism in the Labour party was probably much smaller, and made it clear that while it probably existed, it was something they personally had not encountered. These sentiments have been echoed by some of the Jewish commenters and supporters of Mike’s blog. But they made those comments YouTube, while Tony Greenstein’s criticism of Lansman and his apparent belief in the anti-Semitism claims are at his website. And so presumably have not been seen or consulted by the Eye and its contributors, who appear not to be entirely conversant with social media.

Besides, as Tony Greenstein, Mike, Martin Odoni, David Rosenberg and so very many other people have pointed out, the genuinely left-wing Jews, who support Corbyn, like Jewish Voice for Labour, the Jewish Socialist Group and Jewdas, are ‘the wrong kind of Jews’. They are not part of the Jewish establishment, which appears to be solidly Zionist and Tory, and which actively despises them. And the Israel lobby bitterly attacks and smears them, calling them ‘kapos’, self-hating, anti-Semitic and even denying that they are Jewish at all. That’s clearly seen in the video I put up the other day of Jackie Walker calmly and politely refuting Jonathan Hoffman’s claims. When Hoffman finds that she has an answer for his questions, he tells her that she isn’t a Jew. Which gets a very appropriate response from Walker, who is properly roundly applauded by the audience.

The right’s distinction between the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ kind of Jews is anti-Semitic, as Mike and the others have also pointed out. The Nazis made that distinction, as did Hitler’s hero, the anti-Semitic mayor of Vienna, Karl von Luegerer. And the Israel lobby does it too, and expresses its hatred of the ‘wrong’ kind of Jews in language that, if it came from a gentile, would be unequivocally condemned as anti-Semitic.

But the Eye appears to have followed the rest of the press in ignoring Corbyn’s Jewish supporters. They, apparently, don’t exist. As far as the lamestream media goes, they’re ‘unpersons’, the name Orwell gave to the people written out of official history in 1984. Just like Stalin and his faction rewrote Russian and Soviet history to erase the individuals they despised and had killed.

It seems very clear from this that the Eye has not investigated whether the claims of anti-Semitism leveled by the Blairites and the Israel lobby are true, and it seems very clear that the magazine has absolutely no intention of doing so. It seems very content to regurgitate the standard, establishment narrative.

But thousands of people have been smeared as anti-Semites, including Mike. This is a real issue, and needs to be exposed. It is absolutely scandalous that decent, anti-racist people, who are very definitely not anti-Semites, should be libeled as such. And its especially odious when applied to Jews and others, who have suffered racially motivated abuse and violence, and who have lost family members in the Nazi concentration camps.

You’d have thought that the Eye, which claims to be determined to show up falsehoods and wrongdoing in politics, business and the unions, would have been keen to investigate this scandal. But it seems the reverse is true. They either can’t be bothered to investigate whether they are, or are quite happy to see innocent people libeled if it brings down Corbyn.

I have been tempted to write a letter of polite criticism to the Eye inquiring why they haven’t investigated or criticized this massive injustice. But I haven’t. I don’t think I’d get a proper reply, and am afraid that I’d simply be setting myself up for attack and smear myself, as Mike has been.

I like Private Eye, but find this piece and its complete silence over the anti-Semitism smears absolutely disgusting. My sympathies here are resolutely with Dorothy Macedo, whose comments were absolutely correct. But it seems clear that no-one will ever change the Eye’s editorial policy on this issue. In this, the magazine seems to share all the prejudices and is part of the mass groupthink as the rest of the lamestream media.

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Titan Reveals Thirteenth Doctor Comic Launch Details

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Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover A - Babs Tarr (Credit: Titan )Titan Comics and BBC Studios have revealed launch details for Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1

The new comic featuring the Thirteenth Doctor will feature variants from leading artists including Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush), Sarah Graley (Rick and Morty), Katie Cook (Adventure Time), Ariela Kristantina (Mata Hari), and Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce).

This Autumn, join the Thirteenth Doctor in a fresh new series of comic adventures, featuring an array of new faces - including the Doctor herself. Taking control of the TARDIS for this regeneration is an amazing new team: Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Mother Panic, Faith, Spider-Man), illustrator Rachael Stott (Doctor Who, Motherlands), and colorist Enrica Angiolini (Warhammer 40,000).

The new comic series sees the Doctor return in her most thrilling incarnation yet – played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) - and travels the cosmos with three brand new friends: Graham (played by Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole). Readers can look forward to experiencing mind-blowing challenges and dynamic stories through space and time in the pages of the upcoming new comic series. Writer Jody Houser said I love the hope of Doctor Who. Anyone can have an adventure. No matter how old you are, there are still amazing things to discover in the universe. Exploring what makes our new Doctor tick, and what makes this regeneration unique as compared to the previous incarnations, is what I’m really looking forward to doing in the new series. Titan’s is celebrating this debut issue by launching thirteen variant covers, including art covers by Doctor Who fan-favorite artist Alice X. Zhang, series artist Rachael Stott, Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush), Sanya Anwar (Assassin’s Creed), Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce), Sarah Graley (Rick and Morty), Ariela Kristantina (Mata Hari) and Katie Cook (Adventure Time).

Plus, a photo cover, a cosplay variant and a Doctor Puppet variant by Alisa Stern – creator of the Doctor Puppet Youtube series.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #2 will feature covers by Paulina Ganucheau and Rachael Stott, as well as a photo cover.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1 is part of Titan Comics' larger plans for the Thirteenth Doctor in 2018, including; Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Vol. 0 – which sees the Doctor relive memories from her many incarnations, showcasing unseen adventures from EVERY version of the Doctor; and Doctor Who Comics Day on November 24 – where fans and stores unite to celebrate everything Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1 is released this Autumn.

Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover B (Credit: Titan )Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover C - Alice X Zhang (Credit: Titan )Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover D - Rachael Stott (Credit: Titan )Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover E - Sanya Anwar (Credit: Titan )Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover I _ Katie Cook (Credit: Titan )Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover J - Doctor Puppet (Credit: Titan )Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover K - Cosplay (Credit: Titan )

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Cable/Deadpool Annual #1 Advance Review: I Hope You Like Doctor Who and Terminator References

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Cable/Deadpool Annual #1

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Writer: David F. Walker,
Artists: Paco Diaz, Danilo S. Beyruth, Luke Ross, Nick Bradshaw, and various,
Cover by: Chris Stevens,
Publisher: Marvel Comics,
Release Date: August 15th, 2018,
Price: $4.99

Deadpool is visited by a Doctor Gamble, whom tells him that robots called the Incinerators are going back in time to kill his mother before he was ever born. He gives Wade a time-travelling device that allows Wade to go back and find his mother. He arrives, and Cable arrives shortly after. Nate tells Wade that he was set up, and the woman Wade believes to be his own mother corroborates that story. Gamble is stalking this woman across time and space.

Cable/Deadpool Annual #1 cover by Chris StevensCable/Deadpool Annual #1 cover by Chris Stevens

I did try with this one.

I wanted to like Cable/Deadpool Annual #1. Despite my distaste for Deadpool and ambivalence towards Cable, I gave this one a chance to sell them to me.

The premise is dumb of course, but that’s the point. It’s supposed to be a setup for jokes. The problem is that the jokes don’t land.

Twice, the comic makes a Doctor Who joke. I don’t mean jokes about Doctor Who, those are numerous. I mean, the comic says “Doctor, who” and “Doctor, whoever” on the same page.

The other half of the jokes are Terminator references and one Time Cop joke.

There is one bizarrely extended sequence where Deadpool explains how comics differ from film as a storytelling medium. I actually kind of enjoyed that.

Also, Wade and Nate actually bond a bit at the end; I enjoyed that too.

On the whole, the comic is just too long and not funny enough to justify itself though.

The artists do solid work though. Luke Ross, Paco Diaz, Nick Bradshaw, and company succeed in keeping the book visually appealing, and I have nothing to complain about when it comes to this part of the comic. The book tends towards a cartoonish style that fits the tone and characters.

Cable/Deadpool Annual #1 just isn’t funny. The jokes are weak and predictable, and the only enjoyable parts were extended analysis of comic books as a medium and the only time the two characters acted like humans. I can’t recommend this one, with my general love for the work of David F. Walker. I suggest giving this one a pass.

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Doctor Who: Road to the Thirteenth Doctor- The Eleventh Doctor #1 Review – San Francisco Steampunk

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Doctor Who: The Road to the Thirteenth Doctor- The Eleventh Doctor

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Writers: James Peaty and Jody Houser,
Artists: Pasquale Qualano and Rachael Stott,
Color Artists: Dijjo Lima and Enrica Angiolini,
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft's James Betancourt
Cover by: Robert Hack,
Variant Cover by: Pasquale Qualano and Dijjo Lima,
Managing Editor: Andrew James,
Editor: Jessica Burton,
Senior Designer: Andrew Leung,
Special Thanks: Chris Chibnall, Matt Strevens, Sam Hoyle, Mandy Thwaites, Gabby De Matteis, Ross McGlinchey,David Wilson-Nunn, Kirsty Mullan, Kate Bush, and Ed Casey,
Publisher: Titan Comics,
Release Date: Out Now,
Price: $3.99

The Eleventh Doctor and Alice Obiefune arrive in late 19th Century San Francisco to find mechanical automatons roaming the streets. They investigate with the locals, but they don’t discover anything of interest until a police officer comes and shows them the way to the factory. Unfortunately, the cop isn’t what he seems, and the Doctor and Alice wander into a trap.

In a back-up story the Doctor sits bored while Amy and Rory observe the black cubes.

 The Road to the Thirteenth Doctor- The Eleventh Doctor #1 cover by Robert HackDoctor Who: The Road to the Thirteenth Doctor- The Eleventh Doctor #1 cover by Robert Hack

This is much better.

The Tenth Doctor issue was a disappointment in how it displayed something of a parody of David Tennant’s Doctor. This issue does give into some cornier moments, but it’s on the whole a far better depiction of Matt Smith’s Doctor. He’s fun, energetic, and a little child-like.

The story is still a simplified version of a Doctor Who story—though a 20-page comic isn’t as much space as one or two hour-long television episodes.

The conflict is resolved shortly after the Doctor and Alice discover it. The sonic screwdriver is almost a cure-all in this comic.

My biggest criticism is that the Doctor pretty much gets a butler killed by one of the mechanical soldiers, and there is never sign of remorse, sadness, or really any second of introspection.

The back-up story is a good bit of fun though, even if it is really intended to be more of a snapshot of the Eleventh Doctor’s tenure.

 The Road to the Thirteenth Doctor- The Eleventh Doctor #1 art by Pasquale Qualano and Dijjo LimaDoctor Who: The Road to the Thirteenth Doctor- The Eleventh Doctor #1 art by Pasquale Qualano and Dijjo Lima

Pasquale Qualano’s artwork serves the comic well. The detailing is really good; the Doctor looks exactly like Matt Smith in this comic. The design on the mechanical soldiers is good, and the main villain has a nice design reminiscent of the X-Men villain, Nimrod. Dijjo Lima’s color palette is cooler in this comic and has better contrast than in the Tenth Doctor issue. Rachael Stott and Enrica Angiolini do some awesome work in the backup story once again.

Doctor Who: The Road to the Thirteenth Doctor- The Eleventh Doctor #1 is an enjoyable adventure starring the Matt Smith Doctor and one of his companions from the comics. The pacing is breakneck, but there is enough fun content so that you don’t feel short-changed by the end. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

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