Modern journalists, it seems, are such sensitive souls. They chase after their targets, hassle them, engage in doorstep scrums, bang on doors, shout through letterboxes, invade privacy, smear, defame, invent, and on occasion partake in means of information gathering that arouses the interest of law enforcement authorities. But woe betide anyone who shows the mildest dissent at their behaviour.
No, he still doesn't look sinister to me
This has been illustrated superbly today, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been putting the case for supporting the campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union. He had a dig at the press. Some of those present - not seriously, it seems - booed one of the press pack. As a result, said press pack descended into a self-pitying mass of whining, protesting, blubbering, victim-playing, overgrown children.
Corbyn might have been better advised not to have that dig; in this, he is not helping his cause. But he did tell those booing to be quiet. One would not have realised this from the wailing and gnashing of teeth. “What a nasty bunch these Corbyn activists appear to be” opined one (false assumption there). “Would Corbyn think it OK for other employees to be booed and jeered at while at work?” snarked another.
How about a comment from Laura Kuenssberg, who was being defended by so many of the hacks? “Corbyn can't resist a pop at media in answer to @chrisshipitv”. There’s that BBC impartiality for you. What did the Murdoch doggies make of it? As if you need to ask. “Boos and hisses as BBC's @bbclaurak is called to ask a question at Jeremy Corbyn press conference - can't wait for @MrHarryCole 's turn!” sniffed Steve Hawkes.
Rupert Myers, who claims to be a journalist, could only manage “This is disgusting”, although it was unclear what he was referring to. And there were even some pretend journalists to pass comment, like Master Harry Cole, the Sun’s alleged “Westminster correspondent”, who sniffed “Grim. Room of Labour supporters boo and hiss when @bbclaurak is called for a question”. Except it wasn’t quite like that.
The booing was not serious, and even so, Simon Ricketts was not impressed. “The journalists clutching their pearls because one of them was booed is a bit rich”. Ben Fenton reminded everyone this was not a new phenomenon: “Aren't my former colleagues in the media being a bit precious? When I were a lad, it was routine to be booed by Thatcherites or Kinnockites”. And the hacks had forgotten something.
After one Tweeter put the whingers straight with “and actually the boos descended into quiet laughter. Not sinister”, someone had to remind them “Corbyn stopped [the] booing, whereas Boris …”. Yes, Bozza set his audience on Michael Crick of Channel 4 News, and that was perfectly acceptable. Because Bozza is by profession … a journalist. One of them. So he gets a free pass. Because they won’t dump on their own.
What a bunch of thin-skinned, snivelling hypocrites. No change there, then.