Bit over the top, no?

I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.

Ladies and gentlemen, I added the bits from candidate Trump as a reminder of the peril we face.

I actually hoped that once president-elect, all that that would change, and I still do.

But I was chilled when the first tweet after the election was about “professional protesters incited by the media”.

He walked back the part about the protesters but not the part about the media.

We are not there. But postcard from the world: this is how it goes with authoritarians like Sisi, Erdoğan, Putin, the Ayatollahs, Duterte, et al.

As all the international journalists we honor in this room tonight and every year know only too well:

First the media is accused of inciting, then sympathizing, then associating – until they suddenly find themselves accused of being full-fledged terrorists and subversives.

Then they end up in handcuffs, in cages, in kangaroo courts, in prison – and then who knows?

Donald trolls journos on Twitter. This is just like being arrested and tried in a kangaroo court. No, really!

24 thoughts on “Bit over the top, no?”

  1. Actually, Julia, I’d heartily approve of the daft bint being scared to speak her mind. If she’s minded to sling around insults like some of the media peeps have about ordinary people. Just because they don’t agree with them & how they voted.
    Walking into the business end of a baseball bat, one dark night. scared
    For, whilst speech should be free for all, there’s no reason the consequences should be..

  2. First the media is accused of inciting, then sympathizing, then associating

    And in America, this would be with very good reason. Not an excuse to curb them of course, but it’s an accurate description and an Ecksian Purge would be more than justified.

  3. Typical specious hysterical bullshit. No comments allowed of course.

    From the article that Julia links to I see that for the leftards alt-right=neo-Nazi terrorism. And as the leftards are also claiming that anyone on the right is alt-right they now have a whole new realm of slander. “Literally Hitler.”

    Even if you agree that Cox’s murderer was a terrorist, Muslim terrorists are leading 57-1 for murders in the UK since 2000.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    For some reason I am put in mind of that famous internet quotation:

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Social Justice Warriors, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Social Justice Warrior.

    Then I realised life was pretty damn good – so I put my feet up and had a beer.

  5. “But I was chilled when the first tweet after the election was about “professional protesters incited by the media”.”

    Oh yeah? I seem to remember an MP being murdered during the EU referendum and then reading in your newspaper that because I campaigned for Leave I had incited the maniac who did and was therefore in effect a murderer myself.

    If you really don’t like it you really shouldn’t do it.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    Ironman – “If you really don’t like it you really shouldn’t do it.”

    Says the man who spews bile at anyone who says anything that upsets him.

    Again irony or amazing lack of self-awareness?

    If anyone can make the Leftist press look good, it is Flopsy here.

  7. I thought American journalists were merely taught to write humourless self-regarding pomposity. Turns out they live it.

    If Trump were British and trolled the media, The Sun would just troll him right back. Psychologically much healthier, I think.

  8. I wonder what this journalist’s attitude was to that call for people who dissent over “Climate Change” being prosecuted under RICO laws?

  9. ‘Then they end up in handcuffs, in cages, in kangaroo courts, in prison – and then who knows?’

    What’s the down side?

    The legacy press is in transition. With an incoming Republican administration, they are rediscovering their role of holding truth to power, and acting really smug about it. Their fickleness is too fvcking obvious to everyone. Everyone knows they will revert to being stenographers as soon as a Democrat administration returns. Journalists are the world’s greatest jerks.

    ‘New York Times publisher vows to ‘rededicate’ paper to reporting honestly’

    Why? Because Republicans won the election. How fvcking obvious can you be?

    ‘Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Pick, Has Steered Money From Public Schools’

    And kicked puppies, no doubt.

  10. “I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.”

    I presume the writer is only concerned for the freedom and safety of the Official Fact Sherpas. Other journalists presumably won’t matter as they would have been arrested and purged already.

  11. From Julia’s article:

    The group who attack me the most online are without question those who would identify with the “alt-right”. Every time I speak up about anything to do with women or ethnic minorities, hundreds of messages pour in to attempt to silence or frighten me.

    Try saying something a bit mean (but honest) about Muslims. You’ll get far worse than a nasty message online.

  12. While I hate to seem any sort of moderate the nature of my purge idea was to rip the taxpayers tit out of the fetid middle-class gob of cultural Marxism.

    Thus you can’t “purge” those whose income comes via the market place. In the case of the Gladrag cutting the state job adverts ( what a useless bastard Camoron was) would help do them down. For that matter , large numbers of leftist trash no longer having well-paid state jobs would also cut down the G-shite’s customer base.

    However even I am not advocating the scum of the state simply arresting journpork that are now out of favour. That is the scummy lefts own ultimate endgame and we do ourselves no honour aping it.

    “Cut the cash to kill the trash” should be the slogan and sign of the Purge.

  13. Every time I speak up about anything to do with women or ethnic minorities, hundreds of messages pour in to attempt to silence or frighten me.

    Yes, because right-wingers eventually noticed how well this tactic has worked for the Left for the last thirty-odd years and belatedly decided to adopt it.

    Read the Hillbuzz blog: a bunch of gay left-wingers who switched to the Right in revolt over how the Democrats treated Hillary (and, funnily enough, Palin, and especially Trig) in 2008, who advocated taking all the political activism tactics they’d learnt on the Left and doing the same for the Right — which is a pretty big deal, as these were the guys who got gay marriage legalised. They had an explicit project of transforming the nature of right-wing campaigning to make it as effective as the Left’s culture wars, and they were hardly alone.

    And now it turns out that, whilst the Right, who’ve been putting up with this shit for decades, can just shrug and/or laugh it off, the Left see an outraged crowd and start crying. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to kick them while they’re down.

    “I’m so upset that lots of people were rude to me! How could they? Everyone who disagrees with me is a Nazi!”

    And, seriously, “silence”? How does a message arriving, or even hundreds of messages arriving, do that?

    (Come to think of it, I’ve not looked at Hillbuzz lately. Wonder how they reacted to this election? They started as Hillary fans, but they came to really hate the Dems.)

  14. ‘Trump is not my president.’

    We sucked it up for Obama for 8 years; now you can suck it up.

    The last laugh? He IS going to be their president. Ha ha ha ha. Can’t stop giggling.

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