Why we* accept Neil Mackay of the Sunday Herald’s apology

JOURNALIST, novelist, radio broadcaster, film-maker and Head of News at Sunday Herald, Neil Mackay apologised to AhDinnaeKen editor, @Ergasiophobe, yesterday. Neil had foolishly retweeted a Wings Over Scotland defense of his newspaper. We* graciously accept that apology**. Here’s why:

And the sincerity just dripped off the tweet.

And the sincerity just dripped off the tweet.

By Longshanker aka @Ergasiophobe

THE SUNDAY Herald, the Sunday newspaper which supports an independent Scotland, came under fire from Labour types yesterday.

The paper was accused by some of being a “mouthpiece” for the Scottish Government.

For honest journalists, such accusations must be tedious and tiresome, especially when you’re proud of the quality, time and hard work which went into your end product.

Head of News, Neil Mackay, quite rightly defended his paper from such attacks.

As part of his twitter strategy, Neil retweeted Wings Over Scotland. Wings said: “Incidentally, why are Labour all bleating about the Sunday Herald today? They know Cameron is the TORY leader, not theirs, right?”

According to the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics, professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility.

AhDinnaeKen doesn’t doubt Neil Mackay’s journalistic credibility or integrity for a minute. It’s why we tweeted Neil to say: “Cant believe @NeilMackay would RT vexatious slanderer and fraudulent liar @WingsScotland just because he’s defending Sun Herald. Dear dear!”

We* were disappointed in Neil. Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland has no journalistic integrity. He uses his propaganda website and internet accounts to shut down debate, steal newspaper content and intimidate opponents through slanderous defamation, threat and surveillance.

Neil’s retweet, arguably, condones that. But there’s a further irony in Neil using Campbell’s statement to defend the Sunday Herald.

Until recently, Campbell used to effectively “steal content” from the Sunday Herald’s sister paper, The Herald, by posting archived links to stories within.

Such action, according to a Herald source, is “a deliberate act of theft and sabotage” designed to “deny clicks and ad revenue“.

Campbell still does this with other newspapers, particularly those – such as the Scotsman – he wants to see shut down.

Neil Mackay, by retweeting Wings defense of the Sunday Herald, could quite rightly be accused of condoning those actions and undermining his company’s business model. It was the reason for the @ergasiphobe tweet and it’s the reason this piece has been written.

AhDinnaeKen knows the hard work which goes into producing a paper. Seeing that paper traduced must be infuriating and frustrating for the people producing it.

But that doesn’t excuse promotion of agents, such as Wings, who are the enemy of professional journalism and free speech – not to mention, deliberate agents of sabotage of your company’s business model and revenue streams.

At best, for a journo of Neil’s stature, it was lazy to retweet Wings. At worst, it undermined his credibility and made him look a bit stupid and ignorant.

You’re the reader, you decide. Maybe Neil should apologise to the lot of us.

Neil asked what law was broken when no such thing was implied or inferred. We* recognise that he can retweet who he wants just as we can point out that it undermines his credibility.

Neil asked what law was broken when no such thing was implied or inferred by our* initial tweet. We* recognise that Neil can retweet who he wants just as we’re at liberty to point out that it undermines his journalistic credibility.

 

*We – as in pompously vain and pretentious pluralis majestatis

** For any literalists out there, we* know that Neil’s faux apology to @ergasiophobe was heavily sarcastic and that’s why we accepted it in the same spirit – y’know, as a joke.

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21 responses to “Why we* accept Neil Mackay of the Sunday Herald’s apology

  1. Eddie

    Wings certainly has you Loyalist/Unionist types rattled. The MSM reproduced your lies without question pre referendum and now you are repaying them with some faux concern about circulation and ad revenue. Like the lying Tory bed sharing Scottish Branch Office of Labour, the MSM appear to have brought themselves to the brink of extinction with their disgraceful deceitful behaviour. Oh dear.

    • “…Loyalist/Unionist types…”

      Where’s your evidence for that stupid assertion Eddie.

      The rest of your angry little argument is based on your initial assertion being true.

      Dul abhaile Eddi. Dul abhaile

      Regards

      • Eddie

        Oh dear. Did I sound angry? Aren’t you Loyal to the UK and Unionist ie in favour of the Union? The initial assertion is true or you wouldn’t be bothering to write this stuff lol. Did that appear less angry?

      • The initial assertion is true or you wouldn’t be bothering to write this stuff

        Don’t do logical fallacy too well do you? A second stupid assertion to back up your first ignorant assertion is what I’ve come to expect from certain types frequenting Scottish social media.

        Still waiting on evidence of this alleged Loyalism/Unionism: link, quote etc.

        Dul abhaile Eddi. Dul abhaile

      • Eddie

        I don’t really think that I’m the angry sounding one here. Ok so you’re not Loyal to the UK and aren’t in favour of Union? What ARE you loyal to and if you aren’t in favour of the Union then you’re FOR independence? Wow you **** (insert appropriate description) type really like to twist eh? Why are you so ashamed of something you obviously are?

      • if you aren’t in favour of the Union then you’re FOR independence?

        Your logical fallacy is childish in its simplicity.

        Why are you so ashamed of something you obviously are?

        You haven’t established what I am. Another stupid assertion.

        Why did you comment on the site Eddi? To make some sort of sycophantic statement about Wings or to try labelling me.

        If either option, you’re not doing a very good job.

        Dul abhaile Eddi. Dul abhaile- you’re not doing a very good job of it.

        Regards

      • Eddie

        To be honest? I was sitting on a bus and bored. So bored I read your Loyalist/Unionist angry blog. So angry.

      • So it was to label me as something which you can provide no evidence for. Dear dear.

        Apologists for the vexatious smearing liar that is Stuart Campbell mostly say the same thing as your opening statement.

        You’re not in the same league as him, of course. He would at least have an argument, though the evidence would be just as non existent.

        Beannacht Eddi.

      • Eddie

        Strange that you use the word accuse. Anyway I’m sure your angry attitude and attacking tone repels more people than it attracts. A bit like Labour and their behaviour. Anyway unsubscribe button pressed.

      • Eddie

        Strange that you use the word accuse. Anyway I’m sure your angry attitude and attacking tone repels more people than it attracts. A bit like Labour and their behaviour. Anyway unsubscribe button to be pressed.

    • Longshanker isn’t one of those unionist types. Apart from an inexplicable obsession with Joan McAlpine, he mainly seems to be concerned with a years-long grievance solely against Rev Stu. Admittedly this does mainly seem to find support with the frothing unionist types, but also quite a few sanctimonious, terminally offended Yes types as well. Strange bedfellows.

      How’s the hate blog going, Longshanker? Page views reached double figures yet?

      • If you’re not Campbell, you certainly sound like him – can’t you think for yourself?

        Acting the apologist for Campbell is the same as acting the apologist for wife beaters.

        Well done.

        Regards

      • You’d think you’d be able to tell whether I was or not, given the amount of time you’ve evidently spent googling all his old articles and forum posts. Wife beater apologist? You seem a little lacking in objectivity. Perhaps harbouring your grudge for that long has addled your brain to the point where everyone who disagrees with you sounds like Stu (clue: I’m not).

      • You’d think you’d be able to tell whether I was or not

        Not really. Campbell has sock-puppet form – he’s been exposed for it so often it’s embarrassing. You’re similar enough in tone and style to Wings Over Scotland, Edge of Heaven and Hoots McCrivvens to make it seem highly likely. But hey, I couldn’t care less if you are or you aren’t. If sock-puppetry is Campbell’s thing – which it clearly is – then sock-puppetry is Campbell’s thing. It’s of no consequence to me who you are. Right Stuart? 🙂

        You seem a little lacking in objectivity.

        So wrong and embarrassing, you MUST be Campbell.

        And, Bawjaws, let me explain the difference between objectivity and subjectivity.

        Campbell, subjectively, considers himself a “professional journalist”. No “professional” journalist with an ounce of integrity, objectivity, ethics or sense of justice would be so rank amateur and vexatiously vindictive to accuse a third party of a heinous crime that there’s absolutely no tangible or credible evidence for. Campbell completely trashed any pretence of professionalism when he wrote ‘The personal touch’.

        So keep up the Campbell apologism bud. It does you a deserving disservice.

        Regards

    • Gordon Bannerman

      I have reported this ‘journalist’ Mackay for abusive and threatening language on Twitter. He doesn’t seem like much of a writer to me in resorting to abuse all the time. He clearly has personal issues of some magnitude, clearly commensurate with his gargantuan ego

  2. Typically ironic that those defending Campbell talk in terms of anger, obsession, grievances etc etc. Lolz.

    A bit like Campbell recently accusing someone of attention seeking. Pot, kettles and black doesn’t even start to cover it.

    Wings is all far too ‘do as I say, not as I do’ to be taken too seriously. Which his apologists on here ably demonstrate.

  3. Dointhebiz

    Hmm ..I thought I was coming onto a website that has something interesting to say, maybe even read a few enlightening comments?
    Alas, it looks like “AhDinnaeKen”, is living up to it`s name…sigh/ ;(

  4. Waldo Salt

    Loving you work Dinnae Ken. You even reach the Nitionalist readers

  5. Alex Doherty

    Neil mckay is one of the Uks top journalists and has more than once put himself in danger to get the story we all want to read. Leave well alone and let him do what he is best at….providing cutting edge journalism.

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