OMG! James Macintyre from the New Statesman is left-wing and doesn’t like the Conservative Party that much! Tory blogger Iain Dale is absolutely shocked. Apparently James once also wrote something nice about Ed Balls and Douglas Alexander. Obviously that requires execution by death squad. The once proud reputation of the New Statesman has been tarnished (yada yada).
I have to laugh when I see right-whingers shout like this. I’ll briefly recount the background here. James wrote a blogpost (it’s back up now) saying he believed the Conservative Party was institutionally racist, given its long history of defending or playing down racists among their ranks. Enoch Powell is the obvious one, who once again Iain Dale thinks isn’t objectionable at all.
Daniel Hannan MEP, who kicked this round off, is another case in point. This time he says most of the anger aimed at Obama isn’t racist. I find this objectionable not only because of the huge number of racist banners on display, but because the organiser of the recent protests himself got caught out calling the US president an “Indonesian Muslim welfare thug”. Furthermore, around 50% of Republicans are “birthers” This isn’t a fringe this is a whole movement! Of course the Tories don’t want to admit this but a large percentage of their ideological allies across the pond haven’t quite got the post-racial vibes yet.
And this is my problem with Dan Hannan – he isn’t racist, but he’s quite ready to play down racism in the States as well as pretend there’s nothing at all wrong with praising Enoch Powell. There’s a difference between having some racist people in your party (all do) and actively eulogising racists. Iain Dale himself of course is no stranger to playing the race card… or the sex card… as do his mates. So this idea that only lefties do this is quite ludicrous.
Right-whingers not only play the race card when it suits them, but they also repeatedly play down racism. When challenged, they then accuse that person of being racist! (see the comments on Iain Dale’s post – they’re comical).
But I actually wanted to make a broader point here. Well done to James Macintyre for saying it how he thinks it, because I’m sick of left-wing journalists being tied to false equivalence. The right-wing media is full of biased and partisan reporting but as soon as anyone on the left holds them to account, they get hysterical and accuse them of being partisan (see above).
There’s a similar point made here on Gawker about Time magazine’s front page article on Glenn Beck. Let’s be clear about this: Glenn Beck is a whacko. There aren’t that many ways to spin it and any journalist that tries to play it ‘balanced’ is as idiotic as offering one side of a debate to 9/11 troofers or climate change deniers.
it’s up to reader to make mind up on dorries from the context. Lets not pretend it’s only the right guilty of this…
But what’s the point of journalism if you aren’t holding politicians to account if they misrepresent something? Why are left-wing journos so goddamn scared? If politicians lie, then they should be confronted. Is that so hard? If Nadine Dorries is going around pretending that the TUC is trying to stop her from wearing high-heels, then the least someone could do is point out to her this wasn’t the case and then get her response.
Back to the point – it’s pretty obvious the New Statesman comes with a left-wing bias. That’s the whole damn point. Leave the ‘balance’ rubbish to the BBC. To get hysterical just because James Macintyre hates the Tories and has said a few nice things about Labour politicians is laughable. He’s not there to appease right-whingers like Iain Dale or the Tory party.
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