Just why did Blair Jenkins OBE, Chief of the Yes campaign and believer in greater integrity in journalism sanctify, legitimise and dignify Rev Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland, with a recent reply via Twitter? AhDinnaeKen disnae ken, but here’s a reminder, especially for Blair, what he’s being seen to legitimise:
BUT FIRST, consider the following worthy assertion and sentiment in terms of the legacy and direction of travel of the UK’s current news media:
“There has been a significant loss of public trust in news organisations, which is why a new culture of integrity and transparency within the media and a restoration of that trust are so important.”
So said Blair Jenkins OBE, Yes Campaign Leader and author of the high falutin Carnegie Trust sourced paper ‘Better Journalism in the Digital Age‘.
It’s a worthy visionary document full of high ideals and best practices for media in the digital age. It speaks with sincerity and compelling authority of the need and desire for “transparency“, “integrity” and “trust” from today’s media outlets.
The legitimacy of Mr Jenkins media view is virtually impossible to write off. His track record and accomplishments in the news sector of the Scottish media are second to none.
And that’s why Mr Jenkins recent reply (above) to Wings Over Scotland’s Twitter challenge is so utterly bafffling and dispiritingly disappointing.
I would expect someone of Mr Jenkin’s calibre and position to know better than be publicly seen legitimising an aggressive and divisive hate preacher like Wings Over Scotland’s Stuart Campbell.
What that one Tweet signals is that many can no longer trust in the integrity of Mr Jenkins judgement. Anything he has to say when speaking for the Yes campaign is now tainted by the knowledge that he thinks Wings’ Stuart Campbell is a legitimate and sanctifiable individual in the wider independence campaign.
As a quick reminder, without wanting to make too much of a meal of it, here are some ‘highlights’ of Stuart Campbell’s ahem, ‘professional’ journalistic integrity:
1) On Feminism:
“feminism is the most intolerant ideology currently operating in the UK, leaving ultra-radical Islam trailing a distant second and looking on angrily.”
2) On videogame difficulty
“Beginner is for girls and homosexuals, but forgiveable for a reviewer with limited time who needs to see as much of the game as possible.”
3) On “murderous”, “lethally stupid” Liverpool fans at Hillsborough
“At Hillsborough, everyone pushing their way into the tunnel knew perfectly well that it opened into an enclosed area with no exits, hemmed in by overhanging steel fences, which minutes before kick-off was likely to already be crammed with people, and which took the inherently-hazardous form of a stairway.”
4) On the British Electorate:
“Everyone in Britain is a moron”; “The Welsh are snivelling, forelock tugging wretches”; “The Scottish are cringing pitiful scum”; The English are whimpering, spineless cowards”; “The Northern Irish are potato-brained halfwits
5) On Croatian nationalist football fans:
“How will we explain to these people that our own land is full of snivelling cowards?”
There’s a surplus of this type of disturbing hate preaching throughout Mr Campbell’s writings. He thinks nothing of picking on individuals he doesn’t like in order to denigrate and diminish them and he appears to relish attacking females – for whatever reason – such as comedienne Susan Calman, student Kayleigh Quinn, Labour supporter Louise Morton, independence activist Kate Higgins and Scottish Socialist Rebelgirl59.
Rather than harp on, AhDinnaeKen invites any interested parties, including Blair Jenkins, to investigate the entries in this site filed under the ‘Wangs Watch’ category on the right of the page. Make up your own mind and then tell me why I’m an #internetnutcase as Joan McAlpine MSP recently tweeted in defence of Mr Campbell.
Now consider this:
“Just as crowd-sourcing has proved an invaluable resource for good and responsible journalism, so crowd-shaming could help to deter the other kinds of journalism.” – Blair Jenkins OBE, Better Journalism in the Digital Age.
Mr Campbell ran a very successful crowd sourcing campaign which allegedly raised more than £30,000 for his ’cause’. Maybe Mr Jenkins had this in mind when he chose to sanctify Mr Campbell with his Tweet reply.
In anyone’s language, the Wings crowd funding campaign was a phenomenal success. In other circumstances AhDinnaeKen would have congratulated the recipient and wished him well. But Wings Over Scotland is an exception to any feelings of magnanimity. It would have been like congratulating Nick Griffin for a similar action – anathema to the tolerant democracy I believe in.
In Mr Campbell’s case – though I know I’m not alone – I feel like the small boy pointing out that the (little) Wings emperor is in fact wearing no clothes. His naked brand of aggressive hate preaching, sheltering under the cloak of the independence banner, demeans what is, in general, a worthy-ish campaign.
To me (and many others) it’s blaringly obvious what Mr Campbell is. Why shouldn’t it be so with such a media switched on individual as Blair Jenkins?
Maybe fellow high-ish profile Yes campaigner, Pat Kane, has had a word in Mr Jenkins ear. Mr Kane is quite clearly dazzled by Stuart Campbell’s articulacy and command of language which, at times, can only be described as eloquence.
But, being overawed by eloquence is no reason to act as a bona fide apologist for a vile, underhanded and smearing hate preacher, no matter his command of the English language.
“The quality of national debate and discourse is directly related to the quality of our news media services” according to Blair Jenkins.
The quality of national debate is severely diminished if Wings Over Scotland is in Mr Jenkins thoughts as an example of this new digital ‘news media’.
AhDinnaeKen invites readers of all persuasions to make up their own minds.