‘Journalists’ whine as Momentum bans ‘The Sun’ from Labour conference fringe event

This is Momentum’s argument for refusing to let The Sun into its ‘The World Transformed’ event – and it is persuasive.

This is what years spent abusing privilege gets people.

Journalists (and I use the word with tongue firmly planted in cheek) from the mass-market news media think they have a right to go where they want and behave as they please. They don’t.

People organising events with limited admission are well within their rights to bar certain people from admission – and Momentum had a very good reason for telling reporters from The Sun to do one.

Here‘s the issue encapsulated by iNews:

“Momentum has banned The Sun newspaper from attending its conference event in a show of “solidarity” with a boycott over its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

“The pro-Corbyn Labour group said journalists from the Sun are not welcome at The World Transformed, its fringe conference event coinciding with the main party conference in Liverpool this weekend.

“In a statement, it said the paper had ‘smeared’ victims of the Hillsborough stadium tragedy, in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

“And it said it was supporting a long-running boycott of the paper in the city.”

That is correct. Here is Momentum’s statement in full:

And here’s the response from one disgruntled – well, he calls himself a journalist:

Mr Hodges has a history of being incorrect. Look at his recent run-in with Michael Rosen.

Also weighing in with histrionics was Grauniad hack Heather Stewart:

She was dumped back in her box, pretty much tout suite.

The Guardian has taken a strong anti-Labour, anti-Jeremy Corbyn direction in recent years and there is a campaign to force it back towards impartial reporting – or into bankruptcy – by boycotting the publication while it persists in its current behaviour. You can understand why, can’t you?

This is the new status quo – and right-wing MSM hacks need to get used to it: Actions have consequences.

That’s right. And that’s why ‘journalists’ from The Sun are going to get this response from now on:

Any questions, Rupert Murdoch?

If so – too bad. Nobody can be bothered to talk to you or your lackeys.

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8 thoughts on “‘Journalists’ whine as Momentum bans ‘The Sun’ from Labour conference fringe event

  1. Vanda

    By the same token conference, and Momentum, should also ban The Mail and the Times, for their ongoing blatant lies and smears against Corbyn. The latest has already appeared in today’s Mail, whereby they are resurrecting something Corbyn said in a conference speech in 2006 – yes, 12 years ago – about boycotting Israeli settlement goods.

    Until they start to act like proper, decent journalists just give them the cold shoulder. I know it won’t happen because the party can’t be seen to go against ‘freedom of the press’ but it SHOULD happen.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Aha! I was wondering when we’d see the next phase of the anti-Corbyn campaign.

      So, they’ve got back as far as 2006, have they? They’ll keep digging, probably back before he was born. It’s what they did with Ed Miliband!

  2. Maureen Duffy

    The sun and the daily mail and other propaganda papers, all need to be boycotted as they are no longer impartial and only print fake news and conservative lies.

  3. jg

    I have to thank the sun, this morning coming back from a meeting something burst open in my bag, it would have been a mess if someone had not left a unwanted sun lying on the train, see there is use for useless journalism somewhere and the mess that it covered may even make the sun readable

  4. Growing Flame

    How can this be an attack on Press “freedom”. The Sun, and other rags, are free to carry on their relentless smear campaign against the Labour Party and they surely will. It’s just that we won’t actually be giving them facilities to help them do it.

  5. Zippi

    Do they not understand the £iverpool hates The Sun? What The Sun did was despicable; to speak of the grieving friends, relatives and city in such a fashion… is not even worthy of words. Shame in them! There is no way the Momentum could have admitted journalists from that publication in £iverpool!
    Y.N.W.A. Justice for The 96!

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