Isn’t Willy Hutton the fervent little nationalist?

No other advanced industrial country would ever allow such a dense concentration of media power to fall into the hands of one family – especially not to non-nationals of the country, with such a thin framework to ensure the public interest is secured. Not only should news and information come from as many sources as possible. But those providing it should be constitutionally required by law and regulation to take seriously their citizenship obligations to provide honest journalism, crucial to democratic life.

British news for British people, eh?

The rest of it is just the Murdochs won’t do as I tell them to so they must be repulsed.

12 comments on “Isn’t Willy Hutton the fervent little nationalist?

  1. One of the best arguments for privatising the BBC monopoly I’ve come across. One only has to consider how the US MSM works so diligently in the public interest to see just what Mr. Hutton is advocating.

  2. No other advanced industrial country would ever allow such a dense concentration of media power to fall into the hands of one family – especially not to non-nationals of the country

    A large chunk of the New York Times is owned by a Mexican national Carlos Slim. I would think that the NYT used to have more influence in the US than all the Murdoch titles put together.

    Now? Perhaps not so much.

  3. It is odd because he is not really a nationalist. He just has contempt for the voters – and thinks that if his friends control the media and tell people whatever lies they think convenient, the people will have no choice but to obey. To lose control of the media means losing control of the narrative and hence power.

    After all, this bit of nationalism is brilliant:

    Last night new Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: ‘Leaving the London Fisheries Convention is an important moment as we take back control of our fishing policy. It means for the first time in more than 50 years we will be able to decide who can access our waters.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4658042/UK-set-withdraw-50-year-fishing-agreement.html#ixzz4leN4Gb7n

    And we know that Willie opposes that. Gove is outstanding.

  4. Isn’t this, in the language of the Left, racist?

    Anyway, be fair, you’ve had the BBC rooting for your lot for sixty years and Sky have been trying to rip May a new one recently, so put the soggy tissue down and shape up!

  5. More evidence for the hypothesis that the Guardian are a bunch of conservatives living in the past?

    I could understand this merger being a problem in the 80s or 90s, but today? The total circulation of Times + Sun is half what it was then. Neither has a big online presence. And you’ve got Netflix, Amazon and YouTube as alternatives to Sky now.

  6. And the Washington Post has become Bezos’ personal blog.

    ‘But those providing it should be constitutionally required by law and regulation to take seriously their citizenship obligations to provide honest journalism, crucial to democratic life.’

    Word salad. Hutton doesn’t understand the difference between constitution and law. Though I’m amused by being required by law to be serious.

  7. Last time their ‘monopoly ‘ was as under threat the BBC managed to discover the hitherto unknown issue iof phone hacking (otherwise known as listening to the voice mails of people who hadn’t changed the default passcode). Apparently only the News of the World did it, so 24 hour rolling news coverage of the outrage and the paper closed and the puppets in parliament did their job. Wonder what they can do this time? Willie’s appeal to nationalism looks a bit unlikely wouldn’t you say?

  8. “But those providing it should be constitutionally required by law and regulation to take seriously their citizenship obligations to provide honest journalism, crucial to democratic life.”

    Sounds familiar…

    We demand legal opposition to known lies and their promulgation through the press. In order to enable the provision of a German press, we demand, that:

    a. All writers and employees of the newspapers appearing in the German language be members of the race;

    b. Non-German newspapers be required to have the express permission of the State to be published. They may not be printed in the German language;

    c. Non-Germans are forbidden by law any financial interest in German publications, or any influence on them, and as punishment for violations the closing of such a publication as well as the immediate expulsion from the Reich of the non-German concerned. Publications which are counter to the general good are to be forbidden. We demand legal prosecution of artistic and literary forms which exert a destructive influence on our national life, and the closure of organizations opposing the above made demands.

  9. Most printed newspapers were totally behind May at the last election but she still did poorly so I’m not sure that they have the influence they once did.

    The Graun is a circle wank of journoes thinking that anyone should take them seriously and turd burglars like Hutton are the worst because they have a column so think that they are opinion formers.

    Time to enter the 21st century guys – not enough people read you and you have as much influence outside your echo chamber as Buzz Feed.

  10. NiV: that’s a good catch. Still, to paraphrase Jonah Goldberg, when you remove the genocide, there’s not much in the platform of the Nazis that the modern Democrat or Labour parties couldn’t get behind.

  11. BiCR, correct. The Democrats are conspicuously demonizing their opposition, which makes them more than fascists, it makes them Nazis.

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