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    Bloggers and the mainstream media


    by Sunny
    4th September, 2010 at 2:42 am    

    My latest article for the Guardian went up yesterday. An excerpt:

    In fact, as several (left-liberal) bloggers point out, the picture of Hague with his adviser and veiled insinuations first surfaced at the Mail on Sunday on 21 August. The Telegraph followed.

    That was immediately used as a springboard by Paul Staines (aka Guido Fawkes) to stir the pot more viciously and submit an FOI request. In a coincidentally symbiotic relationship, both the Daily Mail and Telegraph quickly jumped on that publicity stunt as a hook to ask the questions they really wanted to.

    You might think both episodes were about rightwing bloggers, but you’d be wrong. Blogger Stephen Tall nails it: “This was not a ‘political’ blogger acting in isolation, but in concert with two newspapers which are happy to ape the worst tactics of the Guido Fawkes smear-machine when it suits them.”

    It partially looks like I’m letting P Staines off the hook. I’m not. He’s responsible for trying to stir the ‘Gordon Brown is mentally insane’ pot relentlessly without anything substantive to go on. The man is unhealthily obsessed with Brown. But what annoys me more is that the mainstream media are happy to regurgitate these smears without any sort of fact-checking or quality-control that the profession is supposed to be out. They’ve not only abdicated their responsibilities - they’re trying to blame bloggers for doing it too.


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    1. boyo — on 4th September, 2010 at 7:28 am  

      Mr Hundal, the profession has always been about low-down dirty tricks (speaking as an ex-Express and Star hack myself. Yes, I thought that wouldn’t surprise you).

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

      and the best film about it was made in… 1940.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032599/

    2. Kismet Hardy — on 4th September, 2010 at 8:00 am  

      I know my publishing laws but I’m a bit hazy on blogging and libel. Serious question.

      If I started a blog called, I dunno, Sunny Hundal: Arse Face (though I understand Mix Together is already doing a similar thing) and regularly blogged about his face being an arse, with suggestions that he likes to stick his face in fellow arses, and his arse in fellow faces, could I get away with it?

      Like I say, serious question.

    3. boyo — on 4th September, 2010 at 8:39 am  

      From what i recall, blogging is just another form of publishing - Sunny here may as well be editor of the Times. The same laws will apply to him (and to what people say in comment boxes, too, I would presume).

    4. Kismet Hardy — on 4th September, 2010 at 10:02 am  

      Oh. In that case, sorry Sunny. Please don’t sue me. I’ll take my blogspot.Sunny Hundal/arse_face blog down. Later.

    5. Ellie Mae — on 4th September, 2010 at 12:25 pm  

      Kismet I think I love you.

    6. Kismet Hardy — on 4th September, 2010 at 2:34 pm  

      That’s fine with me Ellie. Keep next weekend free so you can get vetted by Mother and then one call to Uncle Bulbul’s B&B in Forest Gate and we can honeymoon. It’s 1-star and everything.

    7. Ellie Mae — on 4th September, 2010 at 4:56 pm  

      Oh, you know how to treat a lady!

    8. Page With A View — on 4th September, 2010 at 6:24 pm  

      I agree with your excerpt Sunny. Guido got this one badly wrong and the Mail/Telegraph are just as guilty.

      However, scurrilous rumours are not restricted to right wing bloggers and Murdoch newspapers. The left’s endless pursuit of Andy Coulson smacks equally of ‘no smoke without fire’ posturing.

      Coulson has been vindicated by countless inquiries and unless there is any new evidence (the NY Times doesn’t add any) he really should be left alone, just like Hague/Meyers.

    9. Aka — on 4th September, 2010 at 10:41 pm  

      Interesting.

    10. Sunny — on 5th September, 2010 at 12:12 am  

      The left’s endless pursuit of Andy Coulson smacks equally of ‘no smoke without fire’ posturing.

      Erm - a newspaper hacks into the phones of Royals and senior MPs, and then the police sit on the enquiry essentially - and you think that’s nothing? come on!

    11. Page With A View — on 5th September, 2010 at 1:48 am  

      The original NOTW illegal acts were not nothing and those responsible were imprisoned. Good, no problem with that.

      But the Guardian etc have long been after Coulson even though he was cleared by the police, and the CPS, and John Yates, and the Culture Select Committee never laid a finger on him.

      He took overall responsibility for those under him who broke the law and resigned. Unless anyone produces any solid evidence rather than tittle tattle there are no good reasons to cast aspersions against him personally (or the police/CPS), only political reasons…

    12. Sunny — on 5th September, 2010 at 9:31 pm  

      The original NOTW illegal acts were not nothing and those responsible were imprisoned. Good, no problem with that.

      That’s if you assume that came out initially was the full extent of what happened.

      Clearly - that is not the case any more.

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