This morning, the Sunday Times printed an appallingly poor article accusing Momentum of planned and current ‘putsches’ against right-wing Labour candidates. The article was nonsense – stating for example that Angela Eagle was on the deselection list for running against Corbyn. She did not run – Owen Smith did.
The article also used nazi-like language and symbology – and used someone with a history of anti-Islam comments as a source for its smears.
But according to Momentum, the Murdoch publication contacted it for comment only thirty minutes before going to print – in other words, with no time for a right of reply, as there would have been little or no time to include comments in the article composition before the presses rolled.
Late last year, we contacted a right-wing Labour MP with a question asking for a response within ninety minutes if possible. We didn’t publish an article after the ninety minutes – the MP chose to publish the enquiry rather than respond to it, couched in accusations of bullying for sending an email.
The SKWAWKBOX was criticised in response by centrists who claimed that ninety minutes was an unreasonable response time – yet centrists appear to have been silent about the Sunday Times giving Momentum just thirty.
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