A S*n scribbler has disabled his direct messages shortly after receiving a request for comment from the SKWAWKBOX about the lack of sympathy in responses to his ‘COVID’ dismissal by the right-wing paper known to many left-wingers as ‘the Scum’ for its behaviour toward Liverpool fans killed at Hillsborough and other conduct.
Political correspondent Alexander Brown tweeted his plight along with a plea for a tips on a new job, proclaiming that his Twitter DMs were open – meaning any user could message him, not just his contacts – and received short shrift from Twitter users:
The full image quoted in the ‘Zam’ tweet shows why left-wingers had little sympathy:
The eagerness of Brown and his publication to keep the austerity-loving Tories in power has helped condemn millions to poverty and misery – including more than four million children and huge numbers of vulnerable and disabled people.
Other responses also reflected a sense of just desserts and a distinct lack of sympathy:
There were a few messages of sympathy. Brown’s former boss at the S*n praised him and the political editor of a notionally left-wing paper wished him well:
Since his ‘DMs’ were open, the SKWAWKBOX messaged Mr Brown to ask for comment on the response to his dismissal. Instead of a response, the following message came up – whether because of the enquiry or because of other messages Brown had received, he had switched off his ‘open’ direct messages:
The fact that the S*n is seemingly short of cash will upset very few on the left and comes as little surprise given years of falling circulation figures among the mainstream press.
But it’s interesting that Mr Brown seemed to have no preference about the type of publication he might work for next – not even another right-wing rag – while the Mirror’s political editor made no comment about the S*n’s abusive history and was quick to send good wishes.
‘Journalists’ leaving a right-wing publication and moving seamlessly to one occupying a different part of the political spectrum is hardly unknown – in fact it’s commonplace. But how well can so-called ‘mainstream’ journalists hold governments to account – their key function in a democracy – when so many appear unfussy about the editorial position and demands of the owners of the various publications among which they ply their trade?
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