ANNE MARIE WATERS’ SUNDAY COLUMN
Fake News – The Outrageous Mainstream Media
Sunday May 17th 2020
I had intended to write something different today. I planned to write about the grotesque power of multinational corporations (MNCs), but I shall cover that in my weekly economics blog instead. I changed my mind because just yesterday, I happened upon an article about the Canadian rock singer Bryan Adams. Once again, I shook my head in dismay; a mainstream newspaper had again taken issue with a harmless comment and considered it more newsworthy than the issue being commented on.
This behaviour is typical of the mainstream media. I like to call it “Twitter journalism”. This “journalism” seems to spend its time wandering the spiders’ webs of social media seeking out comments that amount to wrongthink, and making mountains out of a molehills.
Let’s take a look at what the MSM considers important, and what it doesn’t. We’ll start with Bryan Adams.
The mainstream media is currently in moral meltdown about comments published by the singer. On social media, he said:
“Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, but thanks to some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus. My message to them other than ‘thanks a fucking lot’ is go vegan.”
Unfortunately, Adams apologised and in doing so, bowed down to hypocrites and liars and encouraged them to continue their tactics in the future. Here are some of the headlines that followed:
Nothing short of hysteria. Adams is not only castigated as a racist for pointing out what is true, he is also blamed for violence – something that is “evidenced” by the biased speculation of equally outraged-about-nothing virtue signallers.
Yes, the MSM was appalled by the comments, all of them true, made by a singer about the worst pandemic of our lifetimes. It is outraged by Bryan Adams, but less outraged by this: China’s wet markets engage in the most abhorrent animal cruelty imaginable. Live and conscious dogs are hanged by their back paws and tortured to death with a blowtorch. Wild animals, including the 80 million year old Pangolin, are captured, taken to these markets, held in tiny crates in appalling conditions and slaughtered to order. And by the way, yes, they sell bats and people eat them….. and that’s just the wet markets.
China is also directly responsible for the demise of species across the world: From ivory to pangolin scales, totoaba bladders to shark fins, the country has a ravenous appetite for wildlife products.
According to a group dedicated to protecting wildlife, “A lot of the species that are most threatened on Earth right now are threatened because of demand in China.”
Its people aren’t much better off. China is a tyrannical dictatorship where there is zero free speech and zero human rights. That tyranny directly led to the global pandemic and economic catastrophe we now face, but the MSM considers this far less important than Bryan Adams. We know that China was aware of this deadly virus that was spreading in its midst, and we know that the Communist ruling party silenced whistleblowers with threats and intimidation (indeed some whistleblowers are now either dead or “missing”).
But, but, but ….. Bryan Adams!
It’s nothing new. Prime Minister Boris Johnson once referred to burqa-wearing Muslim women as looking like “letterboxes”. The MSM was outraged, and still is. At every opportunity, the media still harps on about this rather humorous (not to mention accurate) comment from Johnson, one that millions of people agree with and relate to.
Again, very unfortunately indeed, Johnson apologised, leaving many of us wondering what ever happened to the notion that standing up to bullies is the only way to defeat them? The MSM is a bully, but few, including the Prime Minster, seems willing to tell them where to go.
Here are some of the headlines that followed Johnson’s joke.
Once again, the MSM was outraged and employed its usual tactic; accuse them of racism, then of violence. All without the ability (or requirement) to prove any of it.
The same “journalists” incensed by Boris Johnson’s comments are not at all concerned about this:
During the Iranian protests of 2018, people took to the streets to demand the end of the brutal Islamic regime. The nature of the regime, which decrees the hijab to be compulsory for women and stones adulteresses (and rape victims) to death, is not enough to enrage the MSM. While it went crazy about ‘letterboxes’, it had less to say about the women jailed and given long sentences (20 years for example) for removing their hijabs during protests. Such women became symbols of freedom and heroism, but the MSM was little phased. There was certainly no condemnation of the treatment of women in Iran, and there rarely is.
The mainstream media shrugs its shoulders generally where the treatment of women, apostates, Christians, gays, and others in Islamic countries are concerned. It couldn’t care less, indeed, its only concern about these atrocities is to punish those who oppose them as “far right”. It is nothing short of evil. But it gets worse.
There is no organisation that so exemplifies the evil of the media than our very own BBC, and nowhere is this more evident than in its coverage of the horrific ‘grooming gang’ reality in British towns and cities.
In his book The Fake News Factory, David Sedgwick gathers together all the damning evidence against the BBC that is needed. Its behaviour has been absolutely shocking. The BBC has gone out of its way, time and again, to minimise or outright ignore grooming gang scandals. When they do come to light, the Beeb is quick to downplay the significance of the religious identity of the rapists, and quick to try to discredit those who speak out against them.
The first thing to note is its refusal to name the religious affiliation of the rapists, choosing instead to engage in actual racism by labelling them “Asian”. Perhaps then the BBC is particularly sensitive to religion when sexual abuse is concerned? No. Well, it depends on the religion.
In 2017, the BBC reported on child sex abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses and named the religion right there in the headline. Under the heading ‘Victims told not to report Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse’, the report directly implicated the religion itself when it stated: “Victims from across the UK told the BBC they were routinely abused and that the religion’s own rules protected perpetrators.”
Content to report on this, the Beeb does all it can to avoid naming Islam in relation to grooming gangs, despite the fact that the religion explicitly allows Muslim men to rape non-Muslim women (don’t believe it? Read the Koran!)
That wasn’t the end, the headlines continued over the following couple of years. “Jehovah’s Witness elder jailed for child sexual abuse” said one, “Jehovah’s Witnesses sued over historical sex abuse” ran another, proving that the BBC has no problem criticising religion at all, provided its the correct religion.
It gets even worse than this.
When Britain’s “worst ever” grooming gang scandal broke in 2018, the BBC didn’t even bother to cover it. The rape and torture (and murder) of girls in the town of Telford in Shropshire was revealed following an in-depth investigation by The Mirror newspaper. What girls (as young as 11) had suffered in the town is almost indescribable, and all of it happened while authorities covered their eyes and ears and pretended nothing was wrong.
The story was published by The Mirror on March 11th 2018; by March 12th, the BBC had said nothing. Nothing on its website, nothing on its national news, nothing on Newsnight, or Panorama, or its radio broadcasts. Even the regional BBC Shropshire, the county in which the abuse took place, didn’t see fit to report on it.
When it was finally published (by BBC Shropshire only), it claimed that the issue was “not new”, hence no need to hurry to report on it. A radio Shropshire host repeated the assertion on social media: “Well, there’s nothing new to say apart from the renewed call for an inquiry”. He was referring to the words of the area’s Labour MP Lucy Allan who insisted there must be a thorough investigation in to the story. That was it. That was the attitude of the BBC.
While it didn’t consider the Telford scandal worthy of reporting, here are some stories that were covered on the day: Crufts (the dog show), a factory that was ‘saved by slime’, and the stunning headline ‘Cream tea advert sparks outrage’. All of this was considered more important than the mass rape and torture of young girls.
While reports on the abuse were hidden away on BBC Shropshire, this headline appeared right on the front page; this one didn’t get local billing, but was splashed nationwide. The headline was “Telford abuse: Victim numbers ‘sensationalised’ says police chief”.
It is hard to know what to say about this, it is beneath contempt. “Journalists” at our national broadcaster are so despicably immoral that they will throw in to doubt the horrific torture of girls, deliberately and knowingly, and do so for all the country to see. It will simultaneously hide the details of the horror on pages that few will access (and only so they can say “look, we published it”).
Our national broadcaster, funded by us (I have a TV licence bill on my desk as I write – with a dire warning written in red that I must not ignore this important communication), is so morally deficient that it will attack with smear and innuendo both the victims of vicious gang-rape and those who seek to bring it to an end, and all to protect the religion of the rapists.
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion is a case in point. The town of Rotherham is of course synonymous with the UK’s grooming gang phenomenon. The first story to break in 2014 shook the nation as we learned that 1,400 girls (at least) had been raped and tortured by Muslim gangs over a 16 year period. Champion, being the MP for the town, spoke up. She wrote in The Sun newspaper (3 years later) that we must admit and acknowledge the ethnic element of this crime. (She was wrong, it isn’t ethnic, it’s religious, but I suppose it’s a step in the right direction).
The BBC was, you guessed it, outraged, and Sarah Champion would pay the price. She was sacked from her front bench job by then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who replaced her with Naz ‘rape victims should shut up for the good of diversity’ Shah. (Of note, Shah has also been given a front bench job by new Labour leader Keir Starmer, Sarah Champion has not).
So rotten, so indescribably corrupt, is the British Broadcasting Corporation that it decided to discredit Sarah Champion, and this is how it was done. Wait for this, it has to be seen to be believed!
In her article in The Sun, Champion wrote that white girls were being raped by Pakistani men. In a BBC report entitled ‘Sarah Champion quits Labour front bench over rape article’, the Beeb implied that Champion had written the article in response to the news that the same crime had unsurprisingly been taking place in the city of Newcastle as well. “Ms. Champion’s article was written after 17 men were convicted of forcing girls in Newcastle to have sex” said the BBC. They therefore implied that Champion was referring to this latest scandal, but she wasn’t, she was referring to the widespread rape of girls that has been going on in the UK for decades.
Having made that false impression, the BBC was suddenly very interested in the ethnic background of the men involved. The article goes on: “The men, who were mostly British-born, were from Iraqi, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian and Turkish communities”.
As Sedgwick asks in his book, do you see what they did there?
You see, Sarah Champion had referred to the rapists as “Pakistani” but the BBC said ‘hold on, Champion’s wrong, there were also Bangladeshis and Iranian and Turks’. This quite unbelievable attempt to throw doubt on Champion’s factual assertions is truly mind blowing, and genuinely evil.
To finish, let’s compare some headlines surrounding grooming gangs between the BBC and other media.
Girl, 13, ‘told police she had been repeatedly raped but officers did nothing’ – court told
Police ‘failed to protect’ girl, 13, over rape claims
Alleged rapist bragged to girl’s mother about attack, Rotherham abuse trial told.
Compare these to the following BBC headlines:
Rotherham abuse trial; woman denies lying about childhood rape
Rotherham abuse trial: woman denies ’embellishing’ abuse claims
Rotherham abuse trial: Accused brands allegations ‘false’
It couldn’t be more obvious, right there in the headlines, the BBC wants to, and makes sure to, cast doubt on the testimony of the victims. How on earth can a journalist, in any good conscience, attack the victims of terrible crimes? How can they add to the misery already suffered by defending the rapists and castigating them? What kind of moral degeneracy is this?
It is the moral degeneracy of the mainstream media, desperate to force us all in to its worldview that multiculturalism is wonderful and has no downside, Islam is peaceful and Muslims are incapable of wrong-doing, and of course, whatever goes wrong, whatever the atrocity, somehow the innocent British public is to blame.
There is only one word for it: evil.
Anne Marie Waters
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