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.
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:
Jeremy Corbyn criticises the Daily Mail and "traditional" media publications for trying to "bash Labour at every turn" during the election. pic.twitter.com/ldkLt1scbA
It's definitely *a sign media power has shifted* that a political leader feels able to use their conference speech to tell the editor of the UK's second most popular newspaper to piss off without worrying about the consequences.
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!
Nick Robinson using the phrase "alternative" media, instead of INDEPENDENT media – poor attempt to discredit what he doesn't understand
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:
MSM lauding Nick Robinson for his comments on alternative media, this is what he thinks of us ordinary people…pic.twitter.com/GiFZXVnYEN
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:
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:
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:
Now JC makes the requisite attack on the media. It works for Trump and it works for him #Lab17
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:
Hi Aisyah. I'm a Video Producer for @DailyMailAU. Can we use your video in our player to report on the eruption? Cheers, Matt
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