Enemies of the people: #1, Journalists
Suddenly the economic chaos threatens them. Suddenly, the technological shifts put their jobs at risk. Suddenly, they realise the contempt they’re held in. And suddenly, they find no place to hide, no support, and not a shred of credibility.
Oh, but we perform a valuable public service they cry. Yeah you should, but you don’t. Oh but investigative journalism is essential to democracy they squeal. Yeah it is, but you gave that up in exchange for wine, canapés and intimacy with politicians. Oh but you’ll miss us when we’re gone they bleat – you went many decades ago.
They’re all out there this week, caught out in the Smeargate follow-through, revealed as having collaborated in years of lies, cover-ups, character assasination. It comes as, coincidentally, many publishers are laying off staff, and, not coincidentally, many of us are turning to the amatuer press; bloggers and citizen journalists.
Well fuck you. You lied to us, let us down, betrayed us. Fuck you. Beg for a state subsidy if you like, you’re fucking lucky you’re not being dragged into the street to have your heads shaved.
Mathew Parris, Jeff Randall, you’re exempted – look on as the others are herded like pigs off London Bridge, there to be washed out on the tide with the other excrement.
Tags: collaborators, treason, upagainstthewall