From George Monbiot

The old threat has not abated – it has intensified. If a newspaper is owned by a billionaire, be suspicious of every word you read in it. Check its sources, question its claims. And withhold your support from any party that allows itself to be bullied or – worse – guided by their agenda. Stand in solidarity with those who resist it.

Because we always find The Guardian to be so factually precise, don’t we?

24 thoughts on “From George Monbiot”

  1. “withhold your support”

    March 2019 circulation figures;

    The Sun – 1,358,945
    Daily Mail – 1,186,689
    The Times – 405,013
    Financial Times – 174,224
    The Guardian – 134,443

    Looks like we are George, looks like we are.

  2. Lefties really can’t get their head round opposing views can they? If he disagrees with me, it means he’s in the pay of billionaires.

    It is childish and pathetic.

  3. Top ‘Guardian pick’ comment includes this gem:

    “blogging and other independent journalism has proved to be at best a wash, and at worst an active component in the dismantling of both democracy and journalism”

    They really do hate freedom don’t they?

  4. “the dismantling of both democracy and journalism”

    They speak of democracy because YOU care. They don’t. Straight out of Alinsky’s playbook.

    ‘Journalism’ as a higher calling. Angels singing. 90% of the West’s problems are due to journalism.

  5. The Guardian where every article is full of linked sources that turn out to be the author citing themselves or to some study that while about the subject doesn’t actually support their claims? That Guardian?

  6. Ah.. The Guardian. Wrong about everything, all of the time. Fact checking is something they avoid in case it contradicts their prejudices.

  7. “And if it’s the BBC?”

    Shut it down.

    One of my many complaints against the BBC is the smug shameless way they flip from

    “we’re justified in spending a few million sending a 10 strong crew out to Shitholistan for a year to make a 6 part documentary following the lives of trans goat herders because minority/diversity stuff”

    To

    “we’re justified in spending a few million on some half-talented hack to present the news because commercial reality”

  8. Dongguan John
    Exactly what I was going to say.
    Julie Bindel was an early example I noticed. It speaks volumes that she now seems comparatively sane compared to the more recent lot. At least she realized that she ought to give the vague appearance of waving in the general direction of the real world and some sort of intellectual rigour, however misleading she was being.
    At least she sometimes stood up for herself below the line,
    Valenti threw a strop and stopped readers being able to comment when every piece of hers was comprehensively debunked by hideous “trolls” bearing facts.. A trend that’s only got worse over there.

  9. JS

    I’m waiting for their first time defying circular source where following the links ends you up back at the original article.

  10. Andrew C,

    The salaries really, really fuck me off. This competition thing is just bullshit. I’ll single out Laura Kuenssberg, John McEnroe and Mary Berry as being exceptional at what they do, but most of these people are really average. They aren’t Wogan or DLT, who could bring wit or humour. And you could replace most of them with a guy who’s on pirate radio who’d do the job for £50K.

  11. Dennis the Peasant

    The old threat has not abated – it has intensified. If a newspaper is owned by a billionaire, be suspicious of every word you read in it. Check its sources, question its claims. And withhold your support from any party that allows itself to be bullied or – worse – guided by their agenda. Stand in solidarity with those who resist it.

    You’re behind the curve, George.

    Large numbers of ‘Mericans have been doing exactly that for more than four years now… Think the Sulzberger Family (New York Times) and Jeff Bezos (Washington Post).

    It’s one of the many reason so many of us stand in solidarity with Donald Trump.

  12. @Andrew C

    Financial Times and The Guardian figures are massively inflated by the number of free and below cost “purchasers”

    Will septics accept his advise and boycott Washington Post?

  13. So Moonbat was on his way to ensuring that everyone has a good, affordable home, and the damn billionaires stopped it.

    I can translate his communist chatter: “Kill the rich people and take their stuff.”

    Two things: the rich don’t have enough stuff. Kill ’em, take their stuff, and you still can’t provide homes for everyone.

    Secondly, remove from everyone’s life the possibility that they could someday become rich. The dull grey world of communism is world without hope.

    So Moonbat, kill the rich and make everyone miserable.

  14. ‘The result has been four extraordinary weeks of attacks in the Mail, Express, Sun, Times and Telegraph.’

    All owned by billionaires? He never tells us.

    ‘If a newspaper is owned by a billionaire, be suspicious of every word you read in it.’

    IT’s not going to work, George. We don’t know which ones are owned by billionaires. We can’t tell the players without a program.

    Moonbat works for the Guardian, a newspaper. He is calling for tactics to be used against his competitors. A bit unseemly.

    I can fix this easy:

    If a newspaper is the Guardian, be suspicious of every word you read in it. Check its sources, question its claims. And withhold your support from any party that allows itself to be bullied or – worse – guided by their agenda. Stand in solidarity with those who resist it.

  15. Actually George, if I need to be suspicious of journalists and their work I think I should start with the recorded libellers.

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