This morning, the SKWAWKBOX published a follow-up to our August interview with Laura Pidcock, the Labour MP for North-West Durham. In that initial interview – which was termed by one right-wing outlet ‘the interview that launched a thousand comment pieces‘ – Ms P stated that she had no intention of befriending Tory MPs as their policies were wrecking the lives of her constituents. And in an interview released today, she maintained that attitude – and quite right too.
But in the background preparation for this morning’s piece, I came across one of the ‘thousand comment pieces’ – ironically, one that bemoaned the fact of the comment pieces – by the ‘i‘s ‘Assistant Comment Editor’ Eleanor Doughty, titled:
“It’s essential to have friends of all political persuasions.”
Ms Doughty, by her own description a right-winger, manages to miss the point and criticise the same straw man in the same way all the other right-wingers did – writing as if Ms Pidcock said anything about Tory voters, when in fact she was talking specifically and explicitly about Tory MPs.
Ms Doughty – still missing the point – pats herself on the back for having ‘lefties’ for friends, forgetting that lefties are not the ones demonising and impoverishing the poor, disabled and vulnerable.
But in her eagerness to signal her ‘they’re all the same’ virtue, she lets a very interesting truth slip out, almost in passing:
Yes, you read that right. Ms Doughty – not merely a journalist but an assistant editor – just admitted that ‘many’ journalists take their storylines from the Daily Mail and would be short of stories without it.
Not investigative journalism. Not even original thought.
The Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail that called judges, not Tory MPs, ‘enemies of the people’ for doing their job of upholding the law:
The collapse of trust in journalism among the public was recently blamed by Conservative BBC presenter Nick Robinson on the SKWAWKBOX and other left publications, even though the BBC’s own analysis of itself betrayed a consistent pro-Tory bias that has much to do with that collapse.
But most left-leaning people intuit or perceive that much mainstream journalism is little more than the lazy regurgitation of right-wing propaganda treated as fact – and because of that, they know not to trust it.
That intuition or perception was confirmed, in what is presumably a written ‘Freudian slip’ – by an ‘MSM’ assistant editor, no less.
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