The irony is strong in this one.
You may remember an article on This Site last Sunday (August 4), stating that a shady organisation calling itself “Stop Funding Fake News” had persuaded enough advertisers to boycott The Canary that editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza had been forced to seek an alternative way of financing the site.
(In fact, it seems this was an oversimplification. Changes to Google and Facebook algorhythms had cut traffic to the site and advertising income was falling, along with the attack by people who opposed the site’s politics.)
Ms Mendoza had appealed for 1,000 people to take out subscriptions to the site within six months, in order to keep the left-wing news site going.
Rachel Riley had issued a tweet rejoicing at what she considered to be the imminent demise of the site, and reader-response was enormous.
That’s right – The Canary reached its target of 1,000 new subscribers after only two weeks:
You did it! We asked for your support and we have been overwhelmed by your response. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! Find out more and watch the rest of this video here: https://t.co/emYR7n6R4Y pic.twitter.com/uatmjTfavi
— The Canary (@TheCanaryUK) August 7, 2019
This is a huge victory for the free left-wing social media and many of us have been celebrating:
— The Agitator (@UKDemockery) August 7, 2019
And while some have considered it appropriate to send condolences to Ms Riley…
Our sincere condolences to Rachel Riley at what must be a difficult time for her 😂 https://t.co/8WbnP8CA2l
— The Prole Star (@TheProleStar) August 7, 2019
… This Writer thinks it more appropriate to thank her for her contribution, without which it may have taken The Canary much longer to reach its target.
Thank you, Ms Riley! You are a great supporter of the New Left Media!
Many others have thanked her via Twitter already.
Seriously, though, Ms Riley’s attempts to stifle independent news and commentary don’t end there. As many readers know, she is currently suing me for libel and the case will go to court later this year.
I have been campaigning to raise funds to fight the allegation, on the CrowdJustice website, and this battle is still ongoing.
So, if you’re not familiar with the details, please visit https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/ and find out what the fuss is about.
Then please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.
You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. The address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/
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