Guido attacks the Lobby

Guido Fawkes, now a public celebrity after destroying Damian McBride, has written a post launching into the Parliamentary Press Gallery in the UK.

His arguments hold as much water here as they do in the UK.

For five years this blog has squarely blamed Lobby journalists for failing the people.  The Fourth Estate may not have a formal constitutional role, but the role is real.

Journalists are to there to “speak truth unto power”.  Not trade favours for tittle tattle, not report spin as truth.  From the start of this era of spin the Lobby pack have been willing accomplices. It is actually hard to name journalists who can hold their heads high.  Peter Oborne – seen as an eccentric maverick, Martin Bright – hounded out of a job by Brown’s henchmen, Fraser Nelson – frozen out by Downing Street despite being Britain’s most widely read political columnist.   Who else stood up to McPoison and revealed his text message terrorism?

Cowardice and cronyism runs right through the Lobby.  Fear of being taken off the teat of pre-packaged stories served to them.  That is not journalism, that is copy-taking.   The many stories filed this week which reveal just how horrible Brown’s cabal have been are of mere historical interest.  They would have been brave if they had been written before McPoison was toppled.  You all knew and said nothing.  You knew and went along with it.  Your revelatory articles are merely confessions of previous personal cowardice.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to change some of those names to more well known Kiwi names and the same applie to our journalists. This is perhaps why blogs are gaining in popularity and the MSM continues to decline.

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