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:
Our statement on The Sun 👇 pic.twitter.com/LCNf1BWXkP
— The World Transformed (@TWT_NOW) September 19, 2018
And here’s the response from one disgruntled – well, he calls himself a journalist:
There we go. Momentum are now banning journalists. Change is coming…
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) September 19, 2018
Incorrect. The Sun doesn’t have any journalists. https://t.co/8KfnF44fki
— Hasan Patel🌹 (@CorbynistaTeen) September 19, 2018
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:
This is outrageous – banning journalists because you don’t like their paper’s editorial line smacks more of Donald Trump than the lovely open, democratic social movement Momentum aspires to be. https://t.co/dM63xr8AR9
— Heather Stewart (@GuardianHeather) September 19, 2018
She was dumped back in her box, pretty much tout suite.
The most hilarious thing about this is referring to Sun gossip columnists as "journalists".
Shows the Guardian's editorial priorities- and they're not with Liverpool or the working/under classes of this country.
SHOCKER 😱 https://t.co/dl5CSUhI2I
— Steve Topple (@MrTopple) September 19, 2018
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.
The S*n have complained about press freedom after Momentum barred them from their Liverpool-based gathering. The tabloid famous for hacking the phones of dead children and smearing the good people of the host city in the most vile way, is as welcome as a shit on a new white rug.
— Rachael Swindon #GTTO (@Rachael_Swindon) September 19, 2018
That’s right. And that’s why ‘journalists’ from The Sun are going to get this response from now on:
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) September 19, 2018
Any questions, Rupert Murdoch?
If so – too bad. Nobody can be bothered to talk to you or your lackeys.
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