After Creepy Uncle Rupe opened his wallet in order for Mazher Mahmood, aka the Fake Sheikh, to delay the broadcast of a BBC Panorama programme about the latter’s less than savoury behaviour, one might have thought that anyone and everyone around the blogosphere would be saying something about this blatant censorship of free speech. And one would have been wrong.
What's this - another failed Bond villain?
Perhaps they did not want to be embarrassed by being behind Zelo Street – again – but the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog have not said a dickybird about the affair. Think about that. Staines, the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, and their newly anointed teaboy Alex “Billy Liar” Wickham, crusaders for free speech, are schtum about censorship.
It gets worse: yesterday evening, and this morning, this less than august trio have been parading their propensity to crawl so far up Murdoch’s arse that it would need a search party to locate them for all to see. So the impression is given that The Great Guido has no problem with media censorship – so long as he can do as he pleases, while trousering More And Bigger Paycheques For Himself Personally Now.
Such is the tendency for Staines to prostrate himself before The Dirty Digger that when Rupe wibbled “In UK only Salmond and Farage connecting with people. Big Tory asset Marxist Miliband trusted even less than opportunist Cameron”, instead of noting that Murdoch was out to lunch – Salmond just handed over the SNP leadership to Nicola Sturgeon – he faithfully Retweeted it.
And it wasn’t only Staines: teaboy Wickham also knew to fawn before His Master’s Voice. On top of that, the deeply unpleasant Cole then made great play of broadcasting to the whole world how he approved of this exhibition of Olympic-standard all-in freestyle grovelling.
Staines then doubled down on his crawlfest first thing this morning, by pretending that faithful Murdoch retainer Trevor Kavanagh is still capable of original and independent thought: “Good stuff from Trevor Kavanagh on the snobbery towards the red top free press” he gurgled. Yes, O Great Guido, and stuff the Beeb and anyone else who wants to lift the lid on what’s really going on, eh?
It got worse: as Peter Jukes pointed out, “During [the hacking trial] the Sun complained about prejudicial comment: here’s [Trevor Kavanagh] prejudging active trial”. So not only is The Great Guido happy to ignore media censorship, he’s fine with prejudicing a trial – so long as both work in the favour of Creepy Uncle Rupe.
The Fawkes rabble cannot unmask wrongdoing in the media when they are swimming in the same cesspool as those doing wrong. I said some time ago that they had sold out. Now everyone knows. Another fine mess, once again.