Special Update: The Guardian dumped Joshua Treviño today, August 24, for good, citing in a joint statement, Treviño’s failure to disclose a major conflict of interest. Read the statement and the events leading up to the dismissal here.
The Guardian still hasn’t dropped Joshua Treviño. In fact, Treviño, one of the paper’s latest additions, was given the opportunity to insult the public’s intelligence with an attempted clarification of one of his many offensive and bigoted tweets. This is the “important perspective” we need, The Guardian insists. But it really isn’t.
On June 25, 2011, just days before the second Freedom Flotilla prepared to sail, Treviño posted the following remark on Twitter:
A year later, following public outrage over The Guardian‘s decision to hire him as a columnist (though he has apparently been demoted), Treviño published an explanation of the tweet in which he says:
“I realise that this statement left a sizable number of people appalled that I, by their reading, urged the Israeli Defense Force to shoot Americans participating in the second incarnation of the Gaza flotilla.
“I urged no such thing. I intended no such thing.”
So that we’re all clear, here is a word by word breakdown of Treviño’s tweet to show that it is exactly what he intended. [Read more...]