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Daily Telegraph Reprimanded Over Jeremy Corbyn "Anti-Semite" Story

The paper has been forced to print a correction after it published an article claiming that a Labour MP had accused Corbyn of anti-Semitism.

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The Daily Telegraph has been forced to print a correction for an article that claimed a Labour MP had branded Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite.

The original article, printed on 15 August, said Ivan Lewis MP had directly accused the Labour leader of anti-Semitism and had challenged him over his "anti-Semitic rhetoric".

Headlined "Labour grandees round on 'anti-semite' Corbyn", the article claimed Lewis had attacked Corbyn over his views:

Jeremy Corbyn was accused of being an anti-semite by one of Labour's most senior politicians last night as a number of party grandees rounded on the hard-Left leadership candidate.

Ivan Lewis, the shadow Northern Ireland secretary, attacked Mr Corbyn's "anti-Semitic rhetoric" and said the party must have "zero tolerance" for such [views].

What Lewis actually said, in an article for for the New Statesman, was that Corbyn had shown "poor judgement" by not speaking out against supporters of his who held extreme views:

Some of [Corbyn's] stated political views are a cause for serious concern. At the very least he has shown very poor judgment in expressing support for and failing to speak out against people who have engaged not in legitimate criticism of Israeli governments but in anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Following a complaint from Lewis, the Independent Press Standards Organisation forced The Telegraph to print this correction:

An article of 15 Aug said that Ivan Lewis had accused Jeremy Corbyn of being 'anti-Semitic', and had attacked his "anti-Semitic rhetoric". In fact, Mr Lewis did not directly accuse Mr Corbyn of being anti-Semitic. He said that Mr Corbyn had "shown very poor judgement in expressing support for and failing to speak out against people who have engaged ... in anti-Semitic rhetoric". This correction has been published following a ruling by the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

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