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Thanks sent to Rachel Riley after she inadvertently saved The Canary

All in good time: This image isn’t quite appropriate as, really, only around two seconds should be shown to have elapsed, to accurately depict the amount of time it took The Canary to reach its target.

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:

This is a huge victory for the free left-wing social media and many of us have been celebrating:

https://twitter.com/MattTurner4L/status/1159147753919922177

And while some have considered it appropriate to send condolences to Ms Riley…

… 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/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

If you use other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some cash yourself.

Be part of the backlash against the bullies.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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‘Bad faith’ bid to ruin left-wing website prompts huge increase in subscriptions

NOT a liar; NOT a hate-mongerer; NOT a purveyor of fake news: Kerry-Anne Mendoza and her left-wing news site The Canary is highly-reputable – unlike her critics Rachel Riley and “Stop Funding Fake News” (whoever they are). Support The Canary by clicking on the image and following the instructions.

This is poetic justice.

Yesterday (August 3), thousands of people saw a tweet from Canary editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza, stating that false claims about that news site were being used to discourage advertisers and starve it of revenue in an attempt to put it out of business.

Guess who was spearheading this nasty little operation?

That’s right – Rachel Riley, who is currently trying to sue This Writer for libel after I revealed the consequences of her own reckless behaviour on Twitter.

There seems to be a linking tactic here.

The organisation “Stop Funding Fake News” has persuaded several advertisers to boycott The Canary, in a bid to starve it of the cash it needs to function properly. Ms Riley’s court fight against me appears to have the same aim – to deprive me of the funds I need in order to carry on writing Vox Political.

It’s a ‘bad faith’ attack – an attempt to deceive you into disapproving of a reputable news site, solely on the word of people who only claim to be reputable themselves. Ms Riley’s currency has been tarnished by her own behaviour and “Stop Funding Fake News” is a group of anonymous activists whose motivation cannot, therefore, be trusted.

I believe both these attacks are doomed to failure.

Ms Mendoza tweeted a thread about the threat to The Canary, as follows:

I was away from my desk yesterday and could not write an article in support. But I re-tweeted the appeal and I understand more than 1,500 others have done the same.

I can’t speak for the others, but it seems my own contribution has helped somewhat. Here are some of the responses I’ve received, many from people who chose to respond directly to Ms Riley:

“They’re Newsguard trustmarked, independently regulated, we know who funds them & how they share that income. They’re open & accountable when they make mistakes. Is it really fake news or just news that doesn’t fit your agenda?”

Thanks for highlighting this, I’ve just set up a direct debit to support @TheCanaryUK #forthemany NOT the privileged FEW.”

“Thanks for bringing this to my attention. As a supporter of free speech I’ve now taken out a monthly subscription to support their new business model.”

“Seems like this [has] backfired. Loads of people are subscribing with donations. Free and truthful left-wing media will survive despite your efforts. Well done.”

“Never heard of the website so thanks for bringing it to my attention, am now a subscriber!”

“Thanks for the heads-up. Just subscribed.”

“Had no idea this was happening. Just became a subscriber.”

“Thank you for bring The Canary to my attention. My wife and I have just signed up for a monthly subscription. Because of your rampant foaming bitterness against free press many people have signed up.”

If that’s the response, just to my re-tweet, then it seems likely the Canary‘s future is secured. Ms Mendoza published this tweet a few hours after her original, which I consider very positive:

This is the way to beat operators like Ms Riley and behind-your-back campaigns like “Stop Funding Fake News” – by politely thanking them for drawing the matter to your attention, and then doing exactly the opposite of what they wanted.

And after saying that, it would be remiss of me to omit mention of my own campaign for funds to fight Ms Riley’s hugely-expensive court case against me, based on a false claim that I have libelled her.

If you are unfamiliar with the details, they are here: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

I originally set – and hit – a target of £25,000 in donations, but the costs keep racking up because Ms Riley seems determined to take this matter all the way, despite the wealth of evidence against her.

I’m asking supporters to take one or more of several actions:

If you haven’t done so already, 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, at the same address as above: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

If you use other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

The threat is obvious. The solution clear. And who wouldn’t want to be part of the solution?

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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UPDATE: Guardian journalists to host lecture by Canary editor whether they like it or not

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.

For further information, see my previous article.

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Journalists’ outrage at Canary editor’s speech invitation boosts ‘Boycott the Guardian’ campaign

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:

https://twitter.com/MarkDiStef/status/1045023451390636034

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:

It trended at number one.

Kerry-Anne herself received a lot of support:

But The Guardian‘s change of editorial policy to one that undermines the Labour Party and its leader was also targeted:

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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Epic fail as mainstream media scrabble to regain credibility after Corbyn’s speech humiliates them

Jeremy Corbyn enjoyed poking fun at the mainstream media in his speech at the Labour Party Conference.

How embarrassing for the vested interests of the mogul-controlled mainstream news media!

Not only has the leader of the UK’s largest political party – Jeremy Corbyn – ridiculed them in his speech, but their attempts to hit back by attacking the social media have only resulted in the recycling of even more evidence against them!

Here’s what Mr Corbyn said in his speech – firstly on the social media:

“And Conference, the other star of that campaign was YOU. Our members, our supporters in the trade unions, our doorstep and social media campaigners. Young people sharing messages and stories on social media, hundreds of thousands organising online and on the ground  to outplay the Tories’ big money machine.”

Then he had this to say about the mainstream:

“Of course, there were some who didn’t come out of the election too well. I’m thinking of some of our more traditional media friends. They ran the campaign they always do under orders from their tax exile owners  to trash Labour at every turn. The day before the election one paper devoted fourteen pages to attacking the Labour Party. And our vote went up nearly 10%.

“Never have so many trees died in vain. The British people saw right through it.  So this is a message to the Daily Mail’s editor-  next time, please could you make it 28 pages?”

Here’s the video clip:

This Writer spent many years writing for local newspapers before moving online to start Vox Political and provide a more balanced interpretation of the news – so you know where I stand.

Incidentally, Mr Corbyn was right – as this graph by social media stalwart Another Angry Voice shows:

Nick Robinson, of the BBC and the Conservative Party, takes a different view, it seems. He has written – in The Guardian, whose writers seem to believe they have a duty to undermine the new media:

“Attacks on the media are no longer a lazy clap line delivered to a party conference to raise morale. They are part of a guerrilla war being fought on social media day after day and hour after hour.”

He also wrote that all alternative websites shared a “certainty fuelled by living in a social media bubble” that reporters and presenters at the BBC and other mainstream media organisations were “at best craven – obeying some dictat from our bosses or the government – and at worst nakedly biased”.

Somebody’s certainly living in a bubble, but it’s not the writers of social media!

Let’s take a moment to witness Noam Chomsky explaining to Andrew Marr – of the BBC – why people in the mainstream media live within a bubble of their own:

If they believed something different, they wouldn’t be sitting where they’re sitting. Absolutely right. They’d be sitting here, with me, earning very little money because their (current) bosses wouldn’t pay for a dissenting viewpoint.

Let’s have a practical example. Here’s Mr Robinson showing his opinion of people who live outside his own media bubble:

As for whether the BBC is “nakedly biased”, let’s ask Tom Pride, whose social media site Pride’s Purge has produced important revelations and excellent satire in roughly equal doses:

Mr Pride has previously provided this information about Mr Robinson, when he was the BBC’s political editor:

(And if you think Nick’s bad, just take a look at the allegiances of some of his colleagues, as listed in this Vox Political article. It was written three years ago, so some of the information may be out of date, but you get a very clear picture of what BBC news was in 2014.)

What’s the likelihood of pro-Tory bias, with a record like that? According to Mr Robinson, there isn’t any. But then, he thinks it’s the social media writers who are living in a bubble.

Here’s someone who isn’t – former BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons:

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/913310859568525312

The Today Programme presenter’s rant certainly provoked a strong response from other social media news sites. Here’s Evolve Politics:

I have a feeling that veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner would support this view. Here he is tearing strips off a TV reporter for daring to suggest journalists could report as though they were not affected by political decisions:

Here’s Steve Topple of The Canary:

And online political essayist Sue Jones:

In the interests of impartiality, I should state my own belief that reporting of current events – especially political events – should be done in as non-partisan a way as possible. The problem with this is that it is very hard to find a mainstream media outlet that does so. Information is published selectively, so the reader/viewer is not able to form a balanced view – or material is presented as fact when it isn’t. Look at the EU referendum campaign for prime examples of this behaviour.

It is when commenting on current events that journalists should be allowed to present their own opinions – which should be based on all the facts available, and not just whatever any particular writer prefers. Vox Political mostly provides commentary on the news, so you get a high proportion of opinion from me. I have broken news stories from time to time, and when that has happened, clever readers may have noticed that I adopt a more formal style.

None of that is happening in the mainstream media’s current attempt to smear those of us who write online.

The BBC’s current bid to discredit The Canary, after that site reported (correctly) that the Corporation’s political editor, Laura Kuennsberg, had been invited to be a speaker at a fringe event during the Conservative Party conference is a clear example.

And check out this Twitter couplet involving the Graun‘s Jonathan Freedland and (again) Tom Pride – a clear example of MSM representatives closing ranks:

Here’s Evolve Politics‘s Matt Turner:

https://twitter.com/MattTurner4L/status/913343913032916992

I was going to give the last word to Tom Pride…

For those who can’t read images, it says: “Dear UK journalists,

“No, it is not the fault of alternative media that the public no longer trusts you.

“It’s your own failure to call out your own colleagues’ lies and manipulation on supposedly mainstream news sites like The Sun, the Mail and the Express.

“It’s time you stopped turning a blind eye to your own colleagues’ failings, stood up for the integrity of your profession and started saying NO to your proprietors’ demands to lie, spin and manipulate on their behalf.”

Amen. But then the following arrived on my Twitter feed, summing up perfectly the relationship between the mainstream media and real people, who now have an outlet for their frustration on the online social media:

Quite right too – and a sentiment with which I’m sure Jeremy Corbyn would agree.


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