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Thursday 15 October 2015

David Aaronovitch - Here Is Your Arse

Following my calling out of Grubstreet’s finest yesterday for getting the story of Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, and his passing allegations about former Tory MP and minister Leon Brittan to the CPS, one pundit stood out in his righteous indignation, his unswerving conviction that he was right, and I was wrong. I now have to tell David Aaronovitch that it is he who is wrong, and the reasoning is all too straightforward.
"Wrong? Me?" Yes, wrong, and yes, you

Here is what The Great Man said in response to my assertion that Watson had been vindicated by the news that the CPS had only passed Watson’s letter to the Police after they had interviewed Brittan, whom they already had under investigation: “Afraid not. The contents of Watson's letter to the DPP… were published by Exaro as early as May 17th”. This is not the same as making representations to the Police. But do go on.
I've just shown you that the contents of the Watson letter were published in May 14 before Brittan interview … If you look at the Exaro releases for 17th and 20th May it should be clear that Met would have known … So how about clambering off your high horse and acknowledging your error?” That, folks, is the case for the defence. And I have to tell the court that it makes for a truly lamentable defence indeed.
The reason Aaronovitch is effectively bust is the same as that which did for his fellow Murdoch pundit, (thankfully) former Tory MP Louise Mensch, after the Tory Party conference. She asserted that delegates had been subjected to hate speech and some frankly disgusting threats and actions. So when GMP Chief Constable Peter Fahy asserted that no formal complaints had been received, she was incandescent with rage.
There were photos of ministers arguing with Police officers! What more evidence did Fahy need? It had been widely reported, publicised, disseminated. It was all over social media. And all of this was singularly, totally and utterly irrelevant. Publicising a matter is not, repeat not, repeat NOT something on which the Police are able to act. What did Ms Mensch think they did, trawl Twitter and haul suspects off the streets as a result?
The Police cannot, and will not, act on the basis of social media, press releases, and other media claims of whatever nature. They act when representations, in the form of reports or complaints, are made to them, either directly or via organisations such as the CPS. This latter is the course that the Watson letter took. If David Aaronovitch is suggesting otherwise, he is either ignorant or wilful. Neither is desirable for a reputable journalist.
Aaronovitch was told yesterday that Police cannot act on a press release. This does not appear to have sunk in. The impression is given that he is experiencing difficulty realising that he has got this one wrong, yet cannot bring himself to come clean and admit it. And I have one final message for Aaronovitch: I’m not here to wipe his arse for him, but to hand it to him on a plate. You’re welcome, taker of the Murdoch shilling.

So many pundits getting it so wrong. It’s almost as if they were acting under orders.


Andy McDonald said...

Seems to be that they're taking 'If it's published, it must be true' (or perhaps more accurately, 'If I shout it long and loud enough, it must be true') to the nth degree. That or declaring the press the effective ultimate high court.

Just as with Lord Sewel - a photo of some white powder does not necessarily mean consumption of cocaine, and you can't take forensics off a photo. They really do believe their own bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Aaronovitch is well acquainted with his arse.

He speaks out of it every time he opens his mouth.

Just another London based hack with an empty brain and a long drawn out fart for opinion. A neocon propagandist and cockney spiv, nothing more.

Nobody with common sense pays the slightest attention to anything the gimp has to say.