It’s time to hold up a mirror to the MSM

Journalist Matt Nippert is off on a Moral crusade Photoshopped image credit: Pixy

You hypocrite! First, remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother?s eye.

Matthew 7:5

The Mainstream media have galloped off on a moral crusade looking for Neo-nazis and white supremacists behind every bush and rock and when I say bush and rock I mean every comment section that is not on a Mainstream media website.

Did I say every comment section? Silly me, I meant any conservative or right-wing comment section.

Given that no less than Duncan Garner has publicly vilified both Kiwi Blog and Whaleoil I think it is time to hold up a mirror to the MSM and turn their attention to the log in their own eye.

I will start with an analogy. Imagine if someone who smoked weed as a teenager and continued the habit into adulthood vilified you publicly because once when you were 45 you took an experimental puff and then laughed about it. How would you feel?

That is how I feel right now. In the early days Whaleoil used to have an unmoderated comment section like every other New Zealand blog but once it moved from a personal blog to a professional new media site, that changed.

It now is the only media site in New Zealand with automatic moderation, a dedicated moderation team and a clear and comprehensive set of rules.

Mainstream media, in contrast, have outsourced their comment sections to social media where they will only remove a comment it seems if enough people bring it to their attention and even then it may take 24 hours before any action is taken. Some of them do not allow comments at all or censor them so heavily that only one side of a debate is allowed to be published ie Stuff on the climate change debate.

Yet it is these very media organisations that are pointing the finger at Kiwi Blog and Whaleoil and who are spending money on dedicated teams of snoops to comb comment sections and articles in the hope that they will find something that they can label ” hate speech.”

The Spinoff has already condemned Whaleoil for the below article. They seriously think that we are stupid. The minute any site is foolish enough to remove a post the media will pounce and declare that it is an admission of guilt and will demand a public apology. If the site is then stupid enough to give in to the social media mob (that will be whipped into action by the MSM) they will then move to deplatforming them and silencing them for good.

Well, I don’t have the time or the money to comb MSM comment sections for “hate speech” but I didn’t need any as it turned out. In under 5 minutes with Sally’s help we found a classic example. It was like shooting fish in a barrel since MSM comment sections are barely moderated cesspits of hateful rhetoric.

comment on a MSM comment section in NZ this week.

This nasty comment that a left-wing type would describe as a death threat if it was made on a conservative site was made on an article about the Philip Anselmo gig being cancelled.

Now I just want to make one thing clear. I am 100% against so called “Hate speech” laws. Our laws already adequately cover people who threaten to kill or who incite violence.

The only reason the left and Muslim activists are using the tragedy in Christchurch to push for them is so that they can shut down criticism and debate, which are both essential to a fully functioning and healthy democracy.

Whaleoil is and will continue to be a respectful and a well-moderated forum where readers can discuss and debate all kinds of issues including immigration and the ideology of Islam. The Mainstream media need to look in the mirror before they gallop off on a moral crusade. It is the MSM that needs to get their house in order. Whaleoil is already light years ahead of the media pack as our commenting guidelines below clearly show.


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