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18.10.2018 - 16:08 [ Media Lens ]

Caught In The Cross Hairs – Media Lens And The Mystery Of The Wikipedia Editor

(17.10.2018) Apart from Cross, in the 17 years we have been working on Media Lens, only one other person has subjected us to a relentlessly negative campaign that is in any way comparable. Almost ten years ago, we documented how Oliver Kamm had been pursuing us relentlessly across the internet – writing blogs about us, posting grisly comments about our genocide ‚denial‘ under online interviews with us, and often warning journalists who mentioned our work – or who, god forbid, praised our work – or who interacted with us in any way, that we were blood-drenched ‚genocide deniers‘ and/or seedy ‚misogynists‘.

In 2013, Mehdi Hasan, formerly senior political editor at the New Statesman, now a columnist with The Intercept, commented to Kamm on Twitter:

‚I cant help but be amused at the way you swoop down in at any mention of MediaLens. Got ‚em on an alert?‘

Despite continuing to seek out and attack us online, Kamm has shown admirable restraint in not extending his campaign to Wikipedia. We are not aware that he has added a single edit to either of our individual pages, nor to our Media Lens page. It seems that, for Kamm, when it comes to Wikipedia, it is always the Christmas truce.

18.10.2018 - 16:01 [ Five Filters ]

Time to ditch Wikipedia? A look at a Wikipedia editor’s long-running campaign to discredit anti-war campaigners and journalists

(2.8.2018) As an active editor for almost 15 years, Cross is very familiar with some of the more arcane Wikipedia rules and guidelines (along with their obscure acronyms) and uses them to justify removing information he dislikes in favour of his own inclusions. Often in a very subtle manner and over a long period of time.

18.10.2018 - 15:47 [ Craig Murray ]

The Philip Cross Affair

(16.5.2018) 133,612 edits to Wikpedia have been made in the name of “Philip Cross” over 14 years. That’s over 30 edits per day, seven days a week. And I do not use that figuratively: Wikipedia edits are timed, and if you plot them, the timecard for “Philip Cross’s” Wikipedia activity is astonishing is astonishing if it is one individual:

The operation runs like clockwork, seven days a week, every waking hour, without significant variation.

18.10.2018 - 15:45 [ theCanary.co ]

The Philip Cross scandal: How Wikipedia is being used against left-wing journalists

Cross has also edited pages relating to art, music, history and architecture. Yet political subjects remain the editor’s focus. And, as FiveFilters points out, there is a bias over years of Cross’s editing – not only negatively impacting left-wing and anti-war figures but also positively impacting right-wing figures. These include Times journalists Oliver Kamm and Melanie Philips.

14.07.2018 - 12:35 [ Politico.eu ]

Secret recordings reappear on pro-government Hungarian site

(9.7.2018) On Monday morning, following reports in independent Hungarian media outlets that the recordings had disappeared, Magyar Idők issued an alert — including a red banner across the top of its homepage — and a statement announcing that it never took down any articles.

The paper’s editors wrote that their website experienced a technical problem on Friday night that resulted in the website being temporarily unavailable, and later some old articles also being unreachable.

“The editors of Magyar Idők Online reject all baseless speculation,” the statement said.

07.05.2018 - 09:17 [ New Yorker ]

Israeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information on Former Obama Administration Officials

The campaign was first reported, on Saturday, by the British newspaper the Observer. However, sources familiar with the effort and pages of documents obtained by The New Yorker reveal that there is more to understand. Two of those sources told me on Sunday that the operation was carried out by Black Cube—a firm that was also employed by Harvey Weinstein and that offers its clients access to operatives from “Israel’s élite military and governmental intelligence units,” including the Mossad.

07.05.2018 - 09:10 [ theGuardian.com ]

Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal

(5.5.2018) Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, the Observer can reveal.

People in the Trump camp contacted private investigators in May last year to “get dirt” on Ben Rhodes, who had been one of Barack Obama’s top national security advisers, and Colin Kahl, deputy assistant to Obama, as part of an elaborate attempt to discredit the deal.

03.05.2018 - 13:54 [ Radio Utopie ]

Warum die Landesregierung Bayern keine Verfassungsklage gegen die Bundesregierung einreicht

(28.1.2016) Die Maulhelden der Landesregierung Bayern und der „Christlich-Sozialen Union“ haben immer noch keine Verfassungsklage gegen die Bundesregierung eingereicht. Ihr Bittbrief an die Bundesregierung ohne Frist und juristische Wirkung ist eine beschämende, lächerliche Farce. Warum beschädigt sich die Landesregierung Bayern und die C.S.U., ein halbes Jahr nach Beginn von Operation Asyl, immer noch dermaßen selbst und hilft ihrer vermeintlichen Konkurrenz, den Surrealisten der „Alternative für Deutschland“ bald über die 15-Prozent-Marke?