The bizarre on line magazine, Spiked, has launched another fact free attack on a campaign it doesn’t like. These two very similar articles from Spiked writers were published within days of each other:
“The hatefulness of stop funding hate” by Naomi Firsht,
Staff writer at Spiked:
“Stop Funding Hate: a nasty, elitist campaign for press censorship” by Brendan O’Neill, in the Spectator (16th Nov 2016):
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/11/stop-funding-hate-nasty-elitist-campaign-press-censorship/ … (Brendan O’Neill is editor of Spiked)
I don’t hold any brief for the “Stop Funding Hate” campaign apart from noting the obvious good sense of its title, so I took a closer look.
Try what may I couldn’t find any evidence whatsoever to support Spiked’s claim that this campaign is a “hateful, nasty elitist campaign for press censorship”.
What the two Spiked writers have done is simply made stuff up, distorted reality and mixed it all up with an endless stream of worthless straw-men arguments.
The inflammatory and, to be honest, demented and hate filled tone of the two Spiked articles is in stark contrast to the calm reasoned tone of “Stop funding hate”. If you are a Spiked supporter nothing I say will influence you, but if you came this way interested in a more open minded, evidence based view of “Stop funding hate”, I suggest you check out “Stop funding hate” for yourself.
Here is their video advert:
Here are some more links:
Meet the man behind Stop Funding Hate, the campaign tackling racist tabloids (Article from The Tab by Callum McCulloch): http://thetab.com/uk/2016/11/13/meet-the-man-behind-stop-funding-hate-the-campaign-tackling-racist-tabloids-25400
Lego ends advertising with Daily Mail after calls for companies to ‘Stop Funding Hate’: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lego-ends-advertising-daily-mail-stop-funding-hate-campaign-a7413361.html
Most of us are very wary of government involvement in monitoring the press. Spiked authors take this further and are generally opposed to any government involvement in any aspect of our lives but on the other hand are very happy for market forces to replace the role of democratically accountable government. It’s therefore pretty hypocritical of Spiked to criticise anyone who dares to make use of those market forces. Lego and Waitrose etc are free to do as they wish, customers are free to do as they wish, ‘intellectual elites’ are free to do as they wish, what could Spiked possibly object to?
Finally, I repeat, where is the hate in this campaign – perhaps it’s only in the minds and straw-men of Spiked authors.
To get some reality based perspective on this debate let’s remind ourselves of some tabloid front pages:
Spiked Authors – Apologists for the far right
Here is a Spiked article by their deputy editor Tom Slater in which he acts as apologist for the far right groups, Breitbart and Alt-right.
Here’s a video of an alt-right conference meeting led by Richard B. Spencer, in Washington, D.C., where Trump’s victory was met with cheers and Nazi salutes. (Read the full article: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/…)
Spiked authors assert that worrying about Trump, his cronies and advisers is “hysteria and fear-mongering”. I’ll leave the reader to watch this video and decide for themselves.
Finally, a message to Spiked writers: If the only time you defend free speech is when the speech is racist, sexist, homophobic or white supremacist, …. you don’t love free speech.
More about Spiked on Line here: http://powerbase.info/index.php/Spiked