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 This just in: Joint statement from the Guardian and Joshua Treviño

Joshua Treviño wrote a piece for the Guardian on February 28, 2011 titled “Peter King has hearings, but is he listening?” The Guardian recently learned that shortly before writing this article the author was a consultant for an agency that had Malaysian business interests and that he ran a website called Malaysia Matters. In keeping with the Guardian’s editorial code this should have been disclosed.

“Under our guidelines, the relationship between Joshua and the agency should have been disclosed before the piece was published in order to give full clarity to our readers,” said Janine Gibson, editor-in-chief, Guardian US.

“I vigorously affirm that nothing unethical was done and I have been open with the Guardian in this matter. Nevertheless, the Guardian’s guidelines are necessarily broad, and I agree that they must be respected as such,” said Joshua Treviño.

We have therefore mutually agreed to go our separate ways and wish each other the best of luck.

Once again, all credit to Ali Abunimah, who highlighted the issue of Treviño’s work for Malaysia Matters in his article last weekend at Al-Jazeera. See Ali’s comments on today’s news here.

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  1. Pamela Olson
    August 24, 2012, 6:02 pm

    Guess he needs to spend more time with his family.

    • Krauss
      August 25, 2012, 12:03 am

      So it turns out that Treviño wasn’t just a genocidal inciter, he was also corrupt and bought for.

      The Guardian at least understood that his hire was an unmitigated disaster, and acted soon enough. The question I have is: will they hire another conservative and if they do, will it be someone intelligent like Ross Douthat or will it be another warmongering neocon who’s out of touch with the base and just has influence in the cocktail circuits among the gilded donors?

      Or they can just hire a moderate/centrist with interesting stuff to say.
      Because finding an establishment journalist who isn’t a warmonger and/or fanatical Zionist in GOP circles these days is very hard because the neocons own all the publications, pushing out most mainstream voices either to the NYT(like Douthat) or to smaller publications.

      • Mooser
        August 26, 2012, 3:05 pm

        , “will it be someone intelligent like Ross Douthat “

        Say WHAT? You equate being terrified of women and their vaginas with being conservative? You think Ross Douthat is “conservative”? You are one sad case, buddy boy.
        You need a strong perscription, and I suggest first of all, looking up all articles related to Ross Douthat at Sadly, No! and daily reading thereafter. But I wonder if that will even help.
        So do you also think the only thing which can save America is control over every womens uterus? And that such a stance is “conservative”? Wow.

  2. justicewillprevail
    August 24, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Well done, Ali. So he was an agent for Malaysia and Israel. Funny how it was the Malaysian connection which provoked the outrage.

    • MLE
      August 24, 2012, 11:27 pm

      Im disappointed about the reason they gave, although I do think the I/P issue was a factor as well, they just don’t want to list it as one because it will incur the wrath of the Zionist action groups.

  3. seafoid
    August 24, 2012, 6:08 pm

    That was quick.

    • radii
      August 24, 2012, 6:32 pm

      swift justice is rarely, if ever, associated with the I/P situation

      • RoHa
        August 24, 2012, 11:38 pm

        “swift justice is rarely, if ever, associated with the I/P situation”

        Indeed. Consider this one, from

        “Meanwhile, a former United Nations peacekeeper now living in Tasmania is being denied a service pension, despite serving nearly 25 years in the army.

        Ray Williams was an observer with the UN in the Middle East in the 1980s when war broke out.

        He was shot at, held at gunpoint and witnessed the aftermath of a refuge camp massacre.

        Mr Williams left the army with post traumatic stress but has been denied a service pension because Palestinian territories were classified as non-warlike when he was sent.

        “The rules can be changed and they should be changed,” he said.

        Mr Williams’ case is under review, but he has been waiting for more than a decade for an answer on whether his service will be reclassified.

        The Federal Government has made those changes for service in countries like Rwanda and Somalia.” [My emphasis.]

        Now why is it taking so long to make the changes for service in the ME?

  4. Philip Munger
    August 24, 2012, 6:16 pm

    A big “HIGH FIVE” to Ali Abunimah!

    • seafoid
      August 25, 2012, 5:05 am

      the Palestinians have the smarts . Abunimah would beat Oren in a head to head.

  5. Citizen
    August 24, 2012, 6:23 pm

    What are we to make of this? I confess, I don’t have a clue.

  6. Denis
    August 24, 2012, 6:31 pm

    Josh, check w/ Phil. Maybe you can get a gig here on MW.

    • Mooser
      August 26, 2012, 3:07 pm

      “Josh, check w/ Phil. Maybe you can get a gig here on MW.”

      Aww, speaking of panties, look who got their’s in a twist.

  7. Blake
    August 24, 2012, 6:35 pm

    So not because he tweeted if Americans were murdered on humanitarian aid boats going to Gaza the “IDF” have his blessing.

  8. piotr
    August 24, 2012, 7:19 pm

    That sound almost like a Catholic marriage in which some arcane rules are violated so in the future it would be easier to get an annulment when both sides are willing.

    Whatever we can say about Guardian, this marriage was not made if Heaven so it is better for all if it never happened.

    Accidentally, there was a recent story of a blogger or twitterer in Saudi Arabia who was accused of blasphemy, so he fled to Malaysia — blasphemy accusation if the Kingdom is not a minor matter. And he was duly deported back. The last news was that he wrote a poem to apologize and he is only a bit worse for the wear. Thinking about it, if Malaysian rulers are anti-Semitic and think that USA are controlled by the Jews (according to State Department, an anti-Semitic stereotype quite prevalent in Muslim countries), then having a Zionist lobbyist is exactly the thing to do.

    • traintosiberia
      August 24, 2012, 11:12 pm

      I remeber that statment by malaysian x preimer -“Jews have invented democarcy,capitalism… and they control US” .He was denounced for the antisemtic control idea here .Agin for wrong reason. he should have been denounced for thinking that Jews have invented democracy,communism,capitalism.. .
      Certainly like the rest of the other elites ,the Jewish elite corrupted those ideas.

      • piotr
        August 25, 2012, 11:49 am

        It is not like Protestant robber barons of XIX century in American were enormously more ethical from subsequent generation of businessmen.

        Concerning control, from the point of view of Malaysian government it is an empirical question: which lobbyists will be more effective?

      • Mooser
        August 26, 2012, 3:10 pm

        “It is not like Protestant robber barons of XIX century in American were enormously more ethical from subsequent generation of businessmen.”

        Whatsamatter buddy, haven’t you ever heard of Groton and the 6×9 cells? Those guys were regular monks, and thought of naught but God and their responibility to the poor.

  9. eGuard
    August 24, 2012, 7:52 pm

    Great, ei & Ali Abunimah.

    Now I gladly clean up my vomit here, from when I had to read that stuff.

  10. Annie Robbins
    August 24, 2012, 10:07 pm

    great news! and thank you ali!

  11. American
    August 24, 2012, 10:16 pm

    I like it.
    Even if his firing was based on his Malaysia connection…still, Ali went after a zio and got him.
    About time this side started doing some pay back. Get them and discredit them and cost them on any grounds you illegitimately can.

  12. Jelperman
    August 24, 2012, 10:59 pm
  13. The Hasbara Buster
    August 24, 2012, 11:19 pm

    Once again the eagle-eyed Abunimah sets the record straight. Way to go, Ali!

  14. Walid
    August 25, 2012, 4:03 am

    Bravo to Ali and what he is doing for Palestinians.

  15. Erasmus
    August 25, 2012, 4:53 am

    That is good news – for a change.

    Full marks to Abunimah for his article triggering the events,
    but also chapeau to the Guardian editors who obviously have not shyed (sp?) away from correcting a blunder instantly.

    Suggestions are free for recomending a Trevino “successor” :
    Why not Philip W.?? At least for some occasional contributions?

  16. just
    August 25, 2012, 9:27 am

    Hooray, and thank you Ali!

    Erasmus- your suggestion is perfect.

  17. Henry Norr
    August 25, 2012, 11:05 am

    Latest from Ali Abunimah: “Shahed Amanullah, Senior Advisor for Technology at the US Department of State, tweeted, “The writings of my friend @jstrevino deserve to be engaged, not suppressed.”

    Ali’s response: “Would @StateDept advisor @shahed ever dare say that someone calling for Israeli civilians to be killed should be “engaged”?”

    Amanullah “works on digital diplomacy projects for the Special Representative to Muslim Communities, who reports directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton” according to his Linkedin profile.

  18. lester
    August 25, 2012, 4:45 pm

    I got in an argument with him on twitter once. I’m a Ron Paul supporter and he was bashing him, this was during CPAC. His whole attitude was Ron Paul is irrelevent and I was some nut for supporting him. Anyone who has twitter knows Ron Paul is huge there. (Anyone who has THE INTERNET knows that). Anyway I asked if the tea party was relevent and he said yes then I pointed our Rand Paul was a big tea party guy. So somehow Rand Paul is important but his father who is like the same person isn’t? Trevino struck me as a very run of the mill wanna be beltway guy.

  19. quercus
    August 26, 2012, 8:09 am

    As of Sunday, 26 August, 9 am EDT, Trevino has still not updated his resume on Linkedin to reflect his being fired from the Guardian. Me wonders if he’s been fired from a great many other jobs as well, as his resume shows he’s not been at any one position for more than about 2 years, although some of those were temporary positions, such as the deVore campaign one.

    I think perhaps Mr. Trevino is a not very talented writer/analyst/journalist? and for the not very talented, adopting a militantly pro-Israel, anti-Muslim bias, will get you a writing job for sure in some paper or journal, at least for a time.

  20. Henry Norr
    August 27, 2012, 5:31 pm

    The Treviño affair continues to reverberate. Yesterday the Guardian’s “readers’ editor,” Chris Elliott, weighed in the controversy. Ali Abunimah responded here, noting that Elliott’s “column evades substantive questions about the newspaper’s responsibility not to enable bigotry even as it offers readers diverse points of view.”

    The controversy even made today’s New York Times. On the whole, the story, by one Noam Cohen, is a fair summary. My main criticism: although the story (in contrast to the original response from the Guardian editors) notes that Abunimah brought to light “many” tweets from Treviño, it quotes only the one about him being “cool” with the IDF shooting flotilla participants. While that one may have been the most egregious, quoting a couple of the others would have made much clearer that the issue wasn’t a one-time “gaffe,” but a clear and consistent pattern of thuggery.

    Cohen, though, elicited a great quote from Glenn Greenwald, who called his now-former colleague “among the lowliest, most extremist cretins that exist.”

  21. NickJOCW
    August 27, 2012, 8:16 pm

    Message from the Devil’s Advocate.

    We live at a moment when open hate speech – especially in the United States – primarily directed against Muslims, is becoming normalized as part of the ‘marketplace of ideas’. writes Ali Abunimah .

    The chief Rabbi of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Ovadia Yosef, asked God to “wipe out and destroy” Iran and Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah during his weekly sermon on Saturday night.

    “Do good, God, wipe them out, kill them,” he entreated, to which the assembled crowd answered “amen”.

    I doubt that will be reported in the West. When Treviño wrote his tweet apparently a vast number attacked him. If he and Glenn Greenwald had been allowed to face off, who do you think would have won? Won’t firing him make him a hero to some?

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