27 March, 2011


News priorities for our times

For much of yesterday we were treated to rolling news coverage of Riot of the Day, as assorted anarchists, SWPers and other opportunistic riff-raff attempted to effect, er, impromptu rearrangements to selected business premises in Oxford Street and Piccadilly on behalf of the people. Jolly good television it was too; though I must say I was quite concerned for the safety of the BBC's Tom Willcox as he reported from the thick of it.

Every few weeks the EDL stages a demonstration somewhere in the country. Local "community" groups, politicians, bishops, imams, local authorities, senior policemen, chambers of commerce and the local chapters of Hamsters against Racism step forward to be interviewed by the local rag. We are warned that the EDL are violent racist knuckledragging hooligans who will terrorize the populace, eat small children, smash up "ethnic" business premises, burn down mosques and generally reduce the town to ruins. Catastrophic economic disruption is foretold as all the shops are preemptively boarded up and citizens are advised to cower indoors under the dining room table, thus conveniently creating the forecast massive trading losses anyway.

So what I wanna know is this. If advance notice has been given and it's going to be that tasty a bit of mayhem, where's all the TV cameras? Where are Lyse Doucet, Orla Guerin and John Simpson in their flak jackets, perched atop a pile of rubble outside Luton Town Hall, to give us blow-by-blow reportage?

Could it be that the advertised armageddon is not there to be shown, or that such violence as does occur is largely caused by the "wrong" people?

I notice this recent coverage of the unfortunate Big John's incident. But what's this bit here?

Liz Dodds, prosecuting, told Leicester magistrates that Mooney was one of about 200 protesters who broke through a police cordon in Queens Street at about 4pm to challenge a group of Asian youths.

The trouble then spilled into Humberstone Road, where up to 20 members of the public had sought refuge in [Big John's Takeaway].

So, I guess these "Asian youths" were just standing there then, applauding politely, were they?

Scarcely the EDL's finest hour, to be sure, but possibly not quite the rampaging mobs of thugs mindlessly and entirely without provocation attacking innocent effnicks going about their legitimate business.

Just asking, that's all.

I agree. Media selectivity in covering and portraying protests of varying types is quite staggering. Yesterday, the EDL held their demo in support of reopening the Charlene Downes case in Blackpool, and managed to attract hundreds of people to what turned out to be a completely peaceful event. On this occasion however, the UAF, MDL, etc were nowhere to be seen.

Naturally, such a protest doesn't fit with the mainstream narrative about the EDL, and journalists are also averse to publicising alleged cases involving murdering paedophile Muslim kebab shop owners (all to do with 'community cohesion' dear boy), so this protest has been completely undocumented by the media. I felt compelled to remedy this, and thus knocked something together based upon video footage posted by Casuals United and some knowledge about the background to the protest: http://durotrigan.blogspot.com/2011/03/edl-blackpool-demo-report-justice-for.html

"...so this protest has been completely undocumented by the media."

Sadly, they picked a day when it would be easy for the MSM to ignore them...

How illuminating that many of the riff-raff who descended for the march and 'protest' got there by transport provided by money from the public purse.

No doubt many of those on benefits, etc, made their way to London because they could afford it. Given that they fear getting less money under the cuts I presume they will either have to walk there next time or stay at home.

At the time of the murder of Joanna Yeates and the consequent media feeding frenzy, a young Black girl went missing in South London. This went almost totally ignored, leading to predictable victimist whingeing in the Black "community" about racist news priorities. In the event the media's instincts were right, as the teenager turned up safe and sound a couple of miles away, having done no more than a classic adolescent runner.

But I remember thinking at the time that had Joanna met her untimely end during the week of the Chilean mine rescue — surely the ultimate rolling TV news-compatible story of all time — then we would have heard almost as little of her as of the London girl. (Much to the relief, one would imagine, of her unfortunate landlord, the "Blue-rinsed Nonce of Bristol".)

News, unfortunately, is part of the entertainment industry.

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