Journalists enter same category of loathing as politicians

The not unexpected departure from No.10 this week of Andy Coulson has done more to open cans of worms than to quietly allow them to be put into a cupboard and be forgotten.

Two cans in particular are likely to see the light of day. The first is the illegal activities of journalists, not just in the phone tapping cases, but in the much wider sense where newspapers have condoned illegal activities in order to pull a story.

Peter Preston in the Observer notes:

While the News of the World was hacking phones, dozens of journalists at other papers were blagging their way into bank accounts and medical records.

Good point, but where I differ from Preston is that I do not believe Coulson should be given a second chance just because he is good at manipulating Cameron’s PR campaigns.

While Kevin Marsh at the College of Journalism asks:

Is this a good moment to recall the 305 named journalists found dealing illegally in private information back in 2006?

Quite.

The Information Commissioner Richard Thomas’ produced a report ‘What Price Privacy?’– the outcome of a police investigation called ‘Motorman’ into the illegal trade in data. But that was the last of it, it was sat on and no further actions were taken, which speculators assume was because of heavy police involvement in that illegal trade.

Like me, I suppose many people would like to see a lot more police activity, and prosecutions, even if it means exposing some of their own in this collusion of silence.

But the wider issue and the second can of worms is not just illegal activity. It is the lazy journalism that has pervaded our press for many years, especially in the arena of political reporting. (I use the word reporting humorously), in the support of ‘the project’. That project being the EU.

I have said many times before that in any ‘revolution’, those who are at the forefront, those who enable it, will be the first to be thrown to the wolves once their usefulness is over. We have seen it with the Bankers, with politicians, we are now seeing it with civil servants and journalists, both TV & Press. They have fulfilled their useful idiot roles, now they are to be cut loose.

The years of ‘cut & paste’ repetition of government propaganda, the lack of backbone to hold government to account, the lack of investigative reporting has brought journalism into disrepute and into the same category of loathing with the public as politicians enjoy.

Adam Boulton summed it up perfectly:

Two important sectors of our society now feel under a great deal of pressure, beset by plunging fortunes and public esteem: newspapers and politicians. As they go down they are turning in on each other with increasing viciousness – politician against journalist, politician against politician, journalist against journalist.

The EU project no longer needs them, they have reached their objectives, the near total control of our national government, the subversion and inclusion into the EU structure of local government, state control of our economic heart, a police infrastructure and hierarchy that buys in totally to internal threats and people control extending the theme of thugs in uniform at all levels, the destruction of our ancient laws and customs, our manufacturing base, our fisheries, our agriculture, regulation of every facet of our lives and the dismantling of our Armed Services, in short our ability to be independently self sustainable.

Along with our politicians, the journalists of the UK (with very few exceptions) should be shunned, outcast as the enablers of the treason to force servitude onto a free and independent people.

The establishment thinks its got MSM journalists neutered, whilst the MOD sees investigative journalists as an internal threat. It’s here in the Ministry of Defence: The Defence Manual of Security Volumes 1, 2 and 3 Issue 2 (2001) (this full document is a 36meg download) but the 2 page extract tells journalists what the MOD thinks of them. Non Traditional Threats Posed by Other Individuals or Organisations (pdf) including investigative journalists and pressure groups. They have joined the rest of us in becoming Enemies of the State.

Journalists certainly have the means to redeem themselves, lets see how many have the balls.

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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17 Responses to Journalists enter same category of loathing as politicians

  1. WitteringWitney says:

    Well said IPJ! If a nation has politicians and journalists neither of whom seem to believe in principles then that nation is truly ‘up the swanee’! A principled free press is the first line of defence against political wrong-doing.

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  3. Sean O'Hare says:

    I have a bit of a problem with your view on this and that is what you term the “illegality” of listening to somebody’s voicemail. In my view it is up to the politician or celebrity to protect their communications. If they don’t do it adequately then they should expect the media to eavesdrop. What is the difference between that and the use of directional microphones, which the press have used legally for years. If what they are saying is really important then they should use a more secure means of communication.

    • Illegality in this context is that which is outlined and laid out in law, with the detail of such specified by the ICO in the Richard Thomas report.

      Directional mic’s may be legal, but somewhat immoral if used on private property, whereas a voice-mail box is certainly private space, and to enter it takes a conscious decision.

      I find it hard to understand anyone who would condone the listening in to private messages in a private mailbox.

      Would you absolve the criminal who stole a car simply because the owner forgot to lock it? the act of stealing is still criminal irrespective of whether he had to break in or not.

      • Sean O'Hare says:

        But isn’t this a statute law that libertarians don’t tend to take much heed of?

        I agree with you that a voicemail box is private property if it belongs to a private person. As soon as that person enters public life, whether as a celebrity or as a politician then they are fair game. They enter public life knowingly and willingly, and usually for personal gain. Politicians are predominately liars and crooks and celebrities probably lap up the publicity anyway so I really don’t see a great problem.

        • Fits perfectly well with Libertarian thinking. Its theft, plain and simple.

          Whether they are in the public eye or not, the act itself is still theft. As it was with the Bank Accounts & Medical Records.

          I do not disagree that any public persons dealings be in the public domain, however the method employed is wrong.

          and that also begs the question.. is someone in the public arena allowed any vestige of privacy in their private lives, and who is to draw the line..

          But don’t get hung up on the privacy issue, the real story is journalists being complicit in Treason.

          • Sean O'Hare says:

            But don’t get hung up on the privacy issue, the real story is journalists being complicit in Treason

            No argument there Ian. Maybe that is why I am not feeling sorry for some of the NotW’s politician victims. Celebrities just irriate me anyway.

      • Would you absolve the criminal who stole a car simply because the owner forgot to lock it? … ‘

        The very same analogy came immediately to my mind.

        An excellent piece Ian.

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  5. Jacobite says:

    Ian I get frustrated where are the good leaders of the UK who are prepared to take a stand against this integration into the totalatarian regime we call the EU. I honestly believe if a referendum was held for either in or out the outs would win but it is as if the silent majority is what it is silent! with the exception of people like yourself on the internet of course. I try and be optomistic and have faith that the people will eventually wake up. I have absolutely no faith in our ruling class as the vast majority is sold on the EU regardless of the anti EU soundbites that they spout so I feel we the people are on a reluctent journey and I dont like the final destination.

  6. Jacobite says:

    Quite right Ian , I must buck up, I think I will open a nice bottle of malt, I feel better already.

  7. Vicky says:

    http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Dependence-Day-6753

    When a society loses its memory, it descends inevitably into dementia. As I always try to tell my American neighbors, national decline is at least partly psychological—and therefore what matters is accepting the psychology of decline. Thus, Hayek’s greatest insight in The Road to Serfdom, which he wrote with an immigrant’s eye on the Britain of 1944:

    Excellent article by Mark Steyn.

  8. jameshigham says:

    where I differ from Preston is that I do not believe Coulson should be given a second chance

    But Ian, he’s a council estate boy – he must be given a chance, according to the perceived wisdom.

  9. jameshigham says:

    Just as children ape their elders, journos take the leaf out of the Them handbook [e.g. GS, JPM] and abandon all pretence to propriety.

    • cut & paste followed by the pub has always been an easier life than that experienced by their flat-footed predecessors.

      I do recall however, after the collapse of communism in Russia, how the press suddenly became the most sought after profession. With the political constraints gone, pressmen could say exactly what they wanted, and many had lots to say, lots to expose. The evening TV news was the most popular TV show for years.

      It was raw, the copy was exciting, it was genuinely refreshing reading the Moscow newspapers reading the NEWS without any spin or angle placed upon it.

      As I said in the post, Journalists have the means to redeem themselves, so its up to them to turn the corner and start writing like journalists, not copy takers.

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