AhDinnaeKen has no specific mandate other than to casually ridicule SNP Murdoch whores. Regular readers will know that this blog occasionally likes to turn its gaze on the frothing risibly laugable rantings of Wangs Over Skintland. Herein is a small example of why AhDinnaeKen is still laughing at the self proclaimed, ahem, ‘professional journalist’.
Q: When can a claim of professional journalism be considered to be a bogus claim of professional journalism?
A: When it is an, ahem, ‘professional journalism’ claim made by Wangs Over Skintland .
WHILE it’s usually like shooting Xmas Turkeys in a 1979 barrel of matured SNP assertion pish, AhDinnaeKen could not resist poking fun at a recent post authored by Wangs’ Rev Stu-pid Camp-bell – the ‘media monitor’ mendicant.
Entitled “Nest of lies” it purports to dissemble, deconstruct and destroy the despicable ‘dirty trick’ lies of the hateful imperialistic Better Together campaign.
In this instance Wangs draws our* attention to a recently distributed propaganda leaflet intended to visually and figuratively demonstrate the lack of diplomatic influence an independent Scotland would probably have in a post-Independence world.
So far, so predictable.
It’s standard low-brow scaremongering stuff and, as a casual pathologically shallow believer of anything the MSM or Better Together produce, it has AhDinnaeKen quaking in its traitorous quisling anti-Scots boots at the prospect of Independence. Ooer! I’m scared.
But, and this is where the fun starts, the Rev can’t even get basic facts right and, tediously predictably as a consequence, ends up with metaphorical egg on his lack of self awareness face.
In section No. 2 of his dissembling deconstruct of destruction he says the following:
“We’re not sure how the UK manages to have 270 embassies and consulates when there are only 206 sovereign nations on the planet. It would seem that there might be grounds for some pruning to be done there.”
Indeed! There might be some room for pruning to be done. Let’s just say it’s not from whoever put the Better Together leaflet together however.
It’s journalism at its most simplistic and basic, but the checking and double checking of facts is a central tenet of, ahem, ‘professional journalism’.
Put simply, in the Rev Stu-pid example cited here, you can have more than 270 Embassies and consulates dotted throughout the world – basic standard grade geography stuff.
Embassies deal with major diplomatic tasks, Consulates with minor diplomatic tasks.
In America, the UK has an Embassy in Washington and Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, and San Francisco.
It took AhDinnaeKen all of ten seconds to find that out on the web. Ho hum.
Yet, when it was pointed out to Rev Stu-pid by a commenter going by the name of Hermione who said the following:
“Er, because you have one EMBASSY per country but you may have multiple CONSULATES. Happy to help. (Er, but shouldn’t a professional journalist know about this stuff?)”
The Rev reacted in typically Stu-pid, ahem, ‘professional journalism’ style:
“Sure, in much the same way that you should know that oil production figures are meaningless when presented in isolation from oil prices. But there you go, eh?”
Whatever that’s supposed to mean, seeing as Hermione made no reference to oil in the whole thread.
So, anytime the Rev needs some help on the basics of, ahem, ‘professional journalism’ AhDinnaeKen, like Hermione, will be more than happy to help.
We might even donate a pound, so long as he makes a solemn promise to do some basic journalistic study with it.
AhDinnaeKen – glad to have done its bit for “old-fashioned fair-minded and honest reporting.”
N.B. Do you think the Rev’s grown a pair yet?