A week ago, the SKWAWKBOX reported on the Murdoch Times using a decision by IPSO (the so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation) on a complaint made about smears in the Mail and S*n to attack this blog’s credibility. IPSO is funded and run by the mainstream press to create what has been called ‘the illusion of reform’ – Mail editor Paul Dacre is its recent chair.
That attack has now been repeated and intensified across the right-wing press including, yesterday, Murdoch’s S*n.
Ironically but unsurprisingly, the attack is itself fake news – fake news that hints at a certain desperation.
The news is fake because it cherry-picks parts of the decision and fails to mention the fact of IPSO’s funding and management in order to treat the organisation – which is not Leveson-compliant – as an independent and official arbiter.
It omits, for example, the fact that the Mail – whose editor was until recently the chair of IPSO – corrected its smears even before the decision was issued. This is, of course, mentioned in the decision – but absent from the media coverage:
Similarly, the S*n had already issued a correction to its article and in fact withdrew the article completely.
The S*n also included quotes from two right-wing Labour MPs attacking the SKWAWKBOX and claiming that other Labour MPs shouldn’t give interviews to this blog – including a direct statement from one of the MPs to the S*n.
Unsurprisingly, he failed to appreciate the irony of talking to a right-wing rag that was exposed as having more IPSO decisions against it than any other publication. Happily, social media users were quick to point out what he was missing:
Of course, the author of the article might, just possibly, not have known that. We’d have told him if he’d bothered to ask – but he didn’t.
Asking the target of an article the opportunity to comment – and including that comment in the article – is normal journalistic practice, especially for a negatively-slanted piece. The S*n did not bother to ask, nor did the Express. The Times did – but then left out the most relevant parts of our response.
Of course, many would consider those publications to have a tenuous-at-best relationship with journalism these days. Those who wish to see the SKWAWKBOX’s full statement on the matter can do so here.
However, shoddy journalism and hypocrisy are just what you’d expect from certain publications. The far more interesting question is why the Establishment – including some right-wing Labour MPs – is so keen to smear the SKWAWKBOX and attack its credibility.
In the case of the publications, this chart of their circulation may have something to do with it:
The huge increase in the popularity, significance and influence of the NLM (new left media) are a clear threat to that of the ‘MSM’ (mainstream media). With the power of the internet and social media to bypass the previous MSM monopoly on information, that threat continues to increase.
Closely linked to that, of course, is the threat to Establishment politicians – whether the Tories or right-wing Labour MPs who were used to being the ones that the media sought out and listened to and who are struggling to come to terms with the end of their relevance and their hopes of political career advancement – and desperate enough to feel relevant that they’ll even go whining to publications that despise the party they’re supposed to represent.
Oscar Wilde’s observation at the top of this article applies to media as well. If the NLM have made enemies of the billionaire-owned or Tory-controlled media and of those who wish their cosy relationship with them brought the relevance it used to, that speaks volumes – though not the story the MSM want you to swallow.
All of which means that for those who want information that hasn’t been filtered and twisted by vested Establishment interests, the new left media are more vital than ever and only growing more so.
And finally, just for context, we’ll just leave this here:
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