To rewrite the article

Writing in The Guardian, august journalism commentator Roy Greenslade writes about a crisis that never existed: the supposed immigration crisis facing the UK.

“It never was news. It was a wholly media-manufactured ‘crisis’,” he writes. Editors “readily published evidence of individual misbehaviour as if it was a universal problem”, published “dodgy figures, as if plucked from mid-air” and ignored facts “in favour of appealing to public prejudice.” They published endless streams of thinly-veiled bigotry from their columnists. They were guilty of “ignoring rational arguments that exposed their distorted agenda” to inflame their readers against a group that in reality is a persecuted minority.

And it worked, because these papers also drive the wider news agenda: what they print is then picked up by the likes of the Today Programme and discussed on Question Time. It gets circulated on social media and regurgitated on talk radio.

At the peak of the anti-immigrant newspaper scare, 60% of people thought immigration was the most important issue affecting the country. Now the papers have largely stopped their scaremongering, that figure has dropped to 20%.

As Greenslade put it, the newspapers manufactured the so-called crisis “through repetition, disinformation, misinformation… and the omission of any positive material.”

Hmm.

So, Oz bushfires caused by not alleviating fuel load. The imminence of civilisational collapse from climate change. The rise in poverty and inequality. The epochally wide wealth gap. Britain’s racist. Blokes are birds.

Has the Guardian managed to be on the right side of any of these scares whipped up by the press?

17 comments on “To rewrite the article

  1. Meanwhile the BBC has another report on “whether Immigration is good, really good or really, really good.”

  2. ‘a crisis that never existed: the supposed immigration crisis facing the UK’

    True. Never appeared in the legacy press.

    ‘It never was news.’

    Correct.

    False characterization. Then BIGASS attacks it as a strawman.

    ‘The papers stopped demonising immigrants because it no longer sold copies.’

    Liar. They never started.

  3. As Greenslade put it, the newspapers manufactured the so-called crisis “through repetition, disinformation, misinformation… and the omission of any positive material.”

    Actually, bigots, you should be GRATEFUL to all those unlicensed Pakistani sex educators.

  4. Denial. Today’s variation? The plebs have been manipulated by the press.

    Overarching theme? The Left knows what’s really going on, and should be allowed to shape policy without having to bother with said plebs… On account of them being so uninformed, easily manipulated and thick.

    Greenslade is neither original nor convincing.

  5. Imo immigration has dropped down the list of concerns because the public believe that by voting to leave the EU we have started in the direction of getting it under control. Time will tell whether govt. is serious about actually reducing immigration. Govt. had plenty of authority to be far more strict on EU and non-EU migration but never bothered to exercise it.

  6. “The imminence of civilisational collapse from climate change”

    How long before the Coronavirus trumps that one?

  7. “How long before the Coronavirus trumps that one?”

    Don’t forget WW3 which according to the usual suspects was supposed to have started at several weeks ago……..

  8. @Gamecock January 27, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    One news site which has frequently written articles on “Too much immigration in UK” and TS madness is

    Left https://spiked-online.com

    https://www.spiked-online.com/video/the-transgender-movement-has-become-orwellian/

    The magazine was founded in 2001 with the same editor and many of the same contributors as Living Marxism, which had closed in 2000 after being sued for libel by ITN
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiked_%28magazine%29#Stance

  9. Yes it’s hard to interpret Attenborough’s comments about fixed term Parliaments as anything other than an attack on democracy

  10. “august journalism commentator”, presumably, as he gets older, Greenslade only fancies working for 1/12 of the year.

    During silly season.

  11. “Don’t forget WW3 which according to the usual suspects was supposed to have started several weeks ago……..”

    I must have missed that one.

    “WWIII – indeed, RAF closed Heathrow last week due to Luftwaffe aircraft over London”

    Oh, now I get it!

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