The Times, the oldest newspaper in the country, has long been regarded as a paper of record. Lies and misinformation in other newspapers should of course be rigorously challenged, but in the Times when a writer puts forward information which he or she either knows is false, or has no evidence to back up the assertion, it is arguably even more serious, given the paper's historical reputation.
Stephen Pollard has done that today.
In his bitter tirade against members of the British Jewish community who don't share his opinions, he twice referred to the late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as a 'genocidal butcher'.
Pollard has been asked to provide evidence to back up this claim on several occasions before and has failed to do so.
He needs to be held to account.
If like me, you feel strongly about this matter you can contact The Times editor, Robert Thomson either by email at email@example.com, or at 1, Pennington Street, London E88 ITT.
The Times comment editor, Daniel Finkelstein can also be contacted at that address and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send a letter to email@example.com.
(If you'd like to contact Pollard directly to ask him about his sources, then his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pollard must either produce evidence to show that Milosevic was a 'genocidal butcher',(Milosevic's four-year trial at The Hague certainly didn't come up with any)or else desist from making the claim in a public arena.
And unless Pollard can back up his allegation, The Times should print a retraction to say that their writer's claim was without foundation.