Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor in chief of The Canary.
Despite protests by journalists at the Guardian/Observer, the Claudia Jones memorial lecture will be hosted by that paper’s chapel (branch) of the National Union of Journalists, and the speaker will be Canary editor in chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza.
Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor in chief of The Canary. This shot is from a Newsnight appearance in 2016, in which she promoted other members of the New Left Media, including Vox Political.
This is a story about treacherous people getting their just desserts.
The editor-in-chief of The Canary – This Site’s friend Kerry-Anne Mendoza – has been honoured with an invitation to give the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture, as part of the series held in memory of the pioneering black female journalist.
The lecture is organised by the National Union of Journalists’ Black Members Council and the choice of speaker is nothing to do with the Guardian-Observer chapel (that’s their word for a branch) of the NUJ – but it seems these reporters complained bitterly at the choice of speaker:
The release of Mark Di Stefano’s tweet (above) prompted something of a backlash. The fact that white journalists at the Guardian were seeking to vote that one of UK media’s only black/minority ethnic editors-in-chief be stopped from giving the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture for Black History Month was considered by many to be a sign of The Guardian officially losing the plot.
Kerry-Anne herself said: “I’m a proud member of the National Union of Journalists and honoured to be invited to give the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture this year.
“It’s a sign of the entitlement of our establishment journalists that they would behave so poorly in response.
“I think we’ve reached peak Guardian. A group of mostly white, middle class journalists trying to stop one of Britain’s only working class, BAME editors in chief from giving a speech for Black History Month.”
Followers of the social media agreed – and it just happened to be the case that a Twitterstorm in support of the hashtag #BoycottTheGuardian had been arranged, to take place between 7pm and 9pm on September 27. You can understand why Kerry-Anne called for us all to support it:
You did it! #BoycottTheGuardian is trending! Well done everyone for making a stand for quality, diverse and honest journalism. Together we're going to rebuild the media. And everyone but the establishment will benefit from it. pic.twitter.com/lRax5lJJC4
Dear @guardian, Right-wingers don't read you. So when there are so many people on the Left saying #BoycottTheGuardian that it's trending, who exactly are supposed to be your target readers? Your best friends and relatives? Regards, Tom
Looks like #BoycottTheGuardian going to trend at number 1. I must admit I enjoy it at times but it’s politics coverage is abysmal and it seems increasingly irrelevant. Which is sad – Britain needs progressive media now more than ever. The long reads, in particular, are brilliant.
.@TheMendozaWoman is a worthy choice to deliver the Claudia Jones memorial lecture. She's an antidote to the msm output. Remember Malcolm X said "If you're not careful the newspapers will have you hating the people being oppressed and loving the people doing the oppressing" https://t.co/FoZNGLy5Oa
Corbyn linked to anti-semitism 100+ times in The Guardian. Their quinoa-munching journalists would call this an example of 'Agenda Setting Function Theory.' The rest of us would call it propaganda. #BoycottTheGuardian
In fact, this had been the intention behind the Twitterstorm – and it would have received much less attention if the Guardian-Observer NUJ chapel’s members had just kept their mouths shut (or their typing fingers away from whatever messaging system they have been using).
The result of all this activism is not yet known. The NUJ itself has said nothing on the subject.
It is possible that the Establishment will try to hush up the fact that there has been a huge protest against what can be seen as a clear example of racism by mostly white, middle-class university-graduate journalists.
If that happens, we’ll just have to run another campaign – bigger, louder, and impossible to ignore. Repression always incites rebellion.
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