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Irish Journalist Behind Antisemitic Sunday Times Article Unmasked as Holocaust Denier

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Journalist Kevin Myers tells Sunday Times readers that Jews always drive a hard bargain. Photo: Screenshot via Tom Gross Media

An Irish journalist fired from his post on Sunday morning after penning an antisemitic attack on two British Jewish TV presenters is a known Holocaust denier, whose article denying the Nazi genocide of six million Jews was removed only today from the website of the Irish newspaper that had hosted it since 2009.

Social media users took to Twitter to point out that the Holocaust denial article by journalist Kevin Myers – in which he opined, “There was no holocaust (or Holocaust, as my computer software insists) and six million Jews were not murdered by the Third Reich. These two statements of mine are irrefutable truths” – had finally disappeared from the online pages of the Irish Independent.

Myers’ final fall from grace occurred after he published an article in the Irish edition of the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper in which he asserted that the BBC presenters Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz were well paid because they are Jewish.

Under the headline “Sorry ladies, equal pay has to be earned,” Myers wrote: “I note that two of the best-paid women presenters in the BBC – Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, with whose, no doubt, sterling work I am tragically unacquainted – are Jewish. Good for them.”

Myers continued: “Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity. I wonder, who are their agents? If they’re the same ones that negotiated the pay for the women on the lower scales, then maybe the latter have found their true value in the marketplace.”

After the column was removed, the editor of the Sunday Times, Martin Ivens, issued a statement saying Myers’ comments were “unacceptable and should not have been published.”

“It has been taken down and we sincerely apologize both for the remarks and the error of judgment that led to publication,” he said.

The editor of the paper’s Irish edition, Frank Fitzgibbon, added: “I apologize unreservedly for the offence caused by comments in a column written by Kevin Myers and published today in the Ireland edition of the Sunday Times.”

“This newspaper abhors antisemitism and did not intend to cause offense to Jewish people,” Fitzgibbon concluded.

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