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Tuesday 29 May 2018

Brillo NYT Smear BUSTED

The New York Times has featured the Merseyside town of Prescot on its front page, with reporter Peter Goodman telling “A walk through this modest town in the northwest of England amounts to a tour of the casualties of Britain’s age of austerity … The old library building has been sold and refashioned into a glass-fronted luxury home. The leisure center has been razed, eliminating the public swimming pool. The local museum has receded into town history. The police station has been shuttered”.
And as so often recently, the reaction of those out there on the right is not to consider Goodman’s essay, but seek to shout him down. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the outpourings of BBC host and Spectator magazine head man Andrew Neil, who has decreed “Coverage of Britain by @nytimes has become a parody of reporting. Almost as hostile to UK now as it was slavish in its support of Stalinist Russia in 1930s”.
Neil was quoting a “fact check”, for which read smear job, from the current incumbent of the Speccy’s Mr Steerpike, on Goodman’s article. He was approving work based on the accusations laid by Christopher Snowdon of the IEA, another of those Astroturf lobby groups out there on the right. What Neil has backed is another example of what happens when the comfortable of London don’t know what they are talking about.
Snowdon justifies being obscenely overpaid by using the web to claim he knows better than someone who actually visited the area. “I haven’t got past the first two paragraphs of this NYT article about British ‘austerity’ but I’m already getting a strong smell of bullshit” he told, thus letting slip his conclusion before presenting any evidence.
"For a start, a brand new police station was opened in Prescot in January, alongside a new fire station” he proudly announces, but Goodman was right - the town’s Police station had indeed been shuttered. Moreover, the fire station replaced two others, and thus was a reduction of one fire station. There would be fewer Police officers in the area, too.
Still, if at first you don’t succeed, suck some more seed, eh? “The museum moved to a new location in 2012 and appears to be still open”. It’s in a rather more modest space in the local shopping centre. Alongside Prescot Pound Store, the Pound Bakery, Home Bargains, Aged UK, and Prescot and Whiston Community Advice. Goodman was right again - it had indeed receded into town history.
On stumbled Snowdon. “Prescot library was tweeting two days ago and I doubt it has closed in the meantime”. It’s in the same shopping centre as the Museum. And its old building has indeed been sold. Goodman correct once more.
But Snowdon is not downhearted. “And I don’t know if an old leisure centre has been ‘razed’ but this is the local leisure centre, fully open with two swimming pools”. Very good. That leisure centre is not even in Prescot - it’s in Huyton. Goodman was right (again).
And to complete his hatchet job, Snowdon aggressively accuses Goodman of lying, which he has not done. But the mission has been accomplished - the NYT has been smeared as somehow peddling “Fake News” by another ideologue pampered by all that money from sources which may include Big Tobacco, but the IEA would rather not disclose.
That Prescot’s local park, a green space used by the whole community, may be the next public asset to be sold off does not get a look in. Goodman has to be shouted down.
As one observer put it, “Absolutely accurate short composite of 'Prescot' which I know well. Is grim. Very grim. Pound shops. Shuttered shops. Life on benefits - zero hours warehousing and carers almost the only work. Life outside the London bubble is not at all the same. UK is in the economic marshes”. There were others.
But for Andrew Neil, endorsing a “fact check” based on a hatchet job from a comfortable Metropolitan ideologue interested only in smearing the opposition, rather than debating the fact of the matter, is all that matters. And he is still there at the BBC, able to supposedly represent the Corporation as an impartial, yet well-informed, ambassador.
Small wonder some do not trust him. Or the Beeb. I’ll just leave that one there.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just another demonstration of how wilful ignorance, stupidity and outright evil lies prevail inside the M25 far right media ghetto. These people neither know nor care about the overwhelming majority who choose to live outside that corrupt rat hole.

Given freedom from war - and who would bet on THAT? - there will, sooner or later, be the most serious social and political consequences. Nobody will escape it. It already reeks of the beginning of the end of the Weimar Republic. Maybe it's all this far right Banana Monarchy deserves.

Establishment media bear a heavy responsibility for both the current state and looming probabilities of this country. The decline is obvious at every level, especially in moral priorities. We have become a nation dominated by tenth rate suited-up spivs and barrow boys and their "code" of greed and dishonour.

It will go on for as long as people allow it to go on. It is equally obvious the establishment and its media cowards won't put themselves out of their nastzi business. Only genuine determined demoocracy can do that.