How pleasant to be mentioned in a complimentary way on the BBC’s flagship news-discussion show, Newsnight!
Admittedly, the person performing the namecheck was This Writer’s old social media colleague, Kerry-Anne Mendoza, so perhaps we shouldn’t be entirely surprised.
She is making quite the splash with her left-wing news website The Canary and – characteristically – used the opportunity afforded by a television appearance to promote some of the rest of us.
She said: “I think what we’re trying to do, and being increasing successful in doing, is challenging some of these dominant narratives.
“We have a situation in this country where 81 per cent of the mainstream media is owned by six corporations, most of the journalists that staff them went to a handful of universities and graduated about six inches to the left or the right of each other politically.
“So actually this little gap between them become the miniscule arena for political debate in this country, and anyone that operates outside of that is either mocked, ignored or ridiculed, or derided as some sort of mad, bad and dangerous person.”
“What we’re doing actually, is something slightly different to that, which is ourselves, incredible blokes like Another Angry Voice, Vox Political, you’ve got Media Diversified, Novara Media, we’re actually saying, ‘Hang on a minute! There is a vast spectrum of ideas, great ideas, outside of that miniscule arena’.”
The film report prior to the discussion actually presented some worthwhile statistics, showing that the number of reports attacking Jeremy Corbyn in print and on screen was double the number praising him during June. BBC reporters used pejorative terms describing him and – critically – there was no need for them to do so.
The discussion itself was less illuminating, as representatives of The New Statesman and the right-wing press were keen to assert their dominance over the news agenda.
It’s a dominance that has been eroded. This Blog experienced a welcome increase in hits as a result of the namecheck, and I certainly hope the others did as well.
And how pleasantly civilised it was to hear Ms Mendoza’s West Country accent (This Writer hails from Bristol, remember) on national television!
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