On Monday, the Times ‘broke’ a story of a ‘row’ between deputy Labour leader Tom Watson and his boss about the slot allocated to Watson for his speech to Labour’s conference – and claimed it as an exclusive:
A month earlier, the SKWAWKBOX broke the genuine exclusive of Watson’s ‘row’ – but it was a far bigger story:
Watson had threatened Corbyn’s office that he would step up his criticism of Corbyn’s positions in the media if his demand was not met. It was not met – and shortly afterward Watson spoke to the Observer to claim Labour was permanently shamed by antisemitism.
Watson attempted to make light of the issue – as his spokesperson did to the Times – but his threat tells a different story.
The article was attacked as fake news by the usual suspects – but Mr Watson has not, to this blog’s knowledge, attempted to refute its claims.
The failure to recognise that the SKWAWKBOX in fact owned the ‘exclusive’ on the issue was probably an oversight – but as a publication the Times has ‘form‘ for using this blog’s exclusives without credit on more than one occasion, including stories that became major ‘msm’ news:
The Times is not alone in that regard. The BBC and others have done it, too.
Twitter users noticed this instance though, just as they spotted the others, with a number of tweets like these:
The Establishment, its media and supporters routinely dismiss the ‘new left media’ as ‘fake news’ for their own ends – but the ‘MSM’ are just as quick to use the SKWAWKBOX’s material when it suits them, whether to present it as their own or, even more often, to use it as the baseline for their own stories.
It seems the SKWAWKBOX is ‘Schrödinger’s blog’ – simultaneously fake news and a cast-iron source of information, depending on the reason the mainstream media want to refer to it on any given occasion.
Either way, this blog continues to bring its readers important information before it’s available elsewhere – and in many cases information they would simply never discover otherwise.
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