Readers, you’ll be happy to know PP has been featured in the print and online edition of today’s Observer. Ms Bennett says:
For some on the left, progressiveness is denoted by the denial of platforms for one or more of the following: the BNP, Islamists, Israeli academics, climate change deniers, arrogant BBC comedians, newspaper columnists pushing their idea of “free speech” that bit too far. Last week, the progressive website Pickled Politics was enjoying the humbling of its current bÃªte noir: “[Rod] Liddle doesn’t believe in free speech,” declared Sunny Hundal, “he simply believes in his right to say what he wants without regard for facts or any blowback.” Blowback? As in a critical response to one’s opinions? If so, it seems Tory commentators are apt to be equally heedless. At ConservativeHome, Tim Montgomerie has counselled offenders that “there is constructive criticism and there is destructive criticism. There is a time for debate on the right and a time to either be silent or gun for Labour”.
God knows what reassures such speakers that their high-minded support for gagging has absolutely nothing in common with, say, that of the Chinese communist party and, moreover, that they will never suffer the consequences of their own selective approach to free expression.
There was a time when I’d be awestruck by national columnists because of their stature and the belief that they had cast-iron arguments. There was even a point when I had high regard for Catherine Bennett. But it strikes me that when your article compares lil’ ole me to the Chinese Communist Party on the premise that I was calling for the “gagging” of Rod Liddle – then I can’t help but question the author’s sanity.
It really is getting ludicrous when some self-important national columnist tries and defend her mate, who is a columnist on a national newspaper and a high-profile magazine, from a blogger on the basis that he is “gagging” her mate. She’s living in a parallel universe. Earth calling CB – are you still in the vicinity?
Bennett also neglects to mention that her friend Rod Liddle, the self-styled defender of free-speech, threatened us with libel lawyers on two separate occasions when we ran a campaign questioning his suitability as editor of the Indy. Twice! Once on Facebook and later on the Millwall football site.
And yet this is the guy who is meant to be a poor victim? Hell, sometimes even George Bush was less hypocritical than this shower of journalists-playing-victims idiots.
It’s also worthwhile noting that a few years ago Bennett wrote this silly article attacking bloggers and Guardian website comments, describing them as people who, “who can dish it out, but they can’t take it” — the naked hypocrisy of these people boggles.
At that time it was ok to generalise about bloggers and deride them for saying things you thought were smutty. But the minute they actually start criticising your mates, people like Catherine Bennett start crying about how they all feel bullied and victimised.
The Chinese Communist Party must be quivering in their boots thinking that they’ve got competition. Can someone now please point out where the money is so I can build that vast army, a team of internet censors and massive gulags??
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