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Lies, damn lies and Wings Over Scotland statistics #1

ANOTHER BLOWHARD trumpeting of “readership-stats”, another con-trick from Bath’s fatuously fraudulent ‘reverend’. According to Stuart Campbell, editor of Nationalist Front blog Wings Over Scotland, the site had 293,753 unique visitors in October 2015. Rejoice and raise the saltires, hang the Unionists, beseech the MSM etc. AhDinnaeKen finds itself asking the questions: Can we trust those figures and what benefit are they to Campbell?

Don't believe everything you read in the Nationalist Front media.

Don’t believe everything you read in the Nationalist Front media.

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe – Temporary Google Analytics expert

NEVER SLOW to blow his own trumpet and maintain the myth of a massive readership, Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland recently confirmed to his ‘alert readers’ that just under 300,000 unique visitors or “readers” – as he often refers to such numbers – visited his blog in October 2015.

Very impressive and a potentially powerful political influence if the figures were to be believed which, according to web traffic and internet specialists and user analytics experts Incapsula, they can’t.

According to Incapsula’s findings, 62.3% of traffic to medium sites like Campbell’s – with 10,000 plus visitors per day – are bots. Or non-human traffic in human speak.

Doing the math, the impressive figure of 293,753 unique visitors for the month of October, suddenly whittles down to a less impressive 95,400.

Campbells published figures instantly reduced by one info-graphic ©Incapsula

Campbells published figures instantly reduced by one little info-graphic ©Incapsula

It’s still a formidable figure in anyone’s language but, unfortunately for Wings, it’s exponentially less than the 300,000 claim.

Then, of course, the method of recording and reporting those numbers has to be further taken into account.

Each “unique user” or “unique visitor” is actually a little computer cookie known as an _utma Cookie which is recorded and reported by a Google tool known as Google Analytics. According to Yehoshua Coren, a Google Analytics expert, unique visitors are not commensurate with unique people or readers.

He said: “We use the term “visitor,” but technically this means “__utma Cookie.” Cookies are browser specific. So if I, Yehoshua Coren, visit example.com in a 5 minute span from 3 different browsers, GA (Google Analytics) reports that 3 “unique visitors” came to the site. Similarly, if 3 different people in my household visit example.com at different times throughout the day, this is 1 “unique visitor.” Lastly, if I visit a website repeatedly using Private Browsing (Firefox) or Incognito Mode (Chrome), etc, my cookies are cleared on browser close so I’ll be an additional “unique visitor” (with a ‘new visit’) on every subsequent visit.”

Wings has a noisily notable hard core “fringe” following of assorted cybernat oddballs, expatriates, geek loners, paranoid conspiracy theorists, adolescent gamers, ‘superior intelligence’ IT coders, dribbling media illiterates, barren ‘genius’ cat people and intellectually starved SNP politicians.

Many of them will view the Wings blog using anything between 3 to 10 devices such as home computers, mobile phones, work computers/tablets etc. To be generous, we’ve also factored in random different browsers set to varying states of privacy – as referenced by Yehoshua Coren above.

Cutting Wings some slack and opting for the smallest likely average figure of viewings to 3 separate devices/browsers per actual person, that gives the blog a monthly real human being readership of around 31,800.

It’s still relatively impressive in a not really impressive at all kind of way – given the blog’s tediously repetitive ad nauseum formula of; mainstream media bad, Labour party bad/, SNP criticism bad, and anyone and everyone else not on board, a “stupid f**king c**t” bad etc.

But the more realistic figure of just under 32,000 unique readers pales compared to the trumpeted 300,000 readers figure.

There’s a thing.

DDos attacks can add

DDoS attacks can add “unique user” figures in multiples of thousands depending on the sophistication of the attack. Any old Rogue Coder could implement such a phenomenon.

Also, when you further factor in Campbell’s own claim that the Wings blog site is under almost constant DDoS attack – cyber attacks which aim to shut sites down through swamping them with “unique user” hits – then it begins to look positively paltry considering the hype which precedes it.

It also somewhat undermines the alleged authority which a “readership” of 300,000 is intended to convey. So there’s another thing.

DDoS attacks can produce what are known as ‘spikes’ in unique user figures. One site in a Google analytics discussion forum recently complained of a “sudden spike in direct traffic increase of about 30k (30,000)”. And the spike occurred in one day. Who knows how many DDoS “unique user” spikes are an integral part of Wings reported figures?

One thing’s for sure, Wings will never tell you because it would directly interfere with his duplicitous intention to con Twitter and Facebook users into thinking he’s part of some sort of “wonderful” Nationalist internet movement.

As recently laid bare in a Twitter conversation with Herald journalist, David Leask, Wings “hits” or “readers” as Campbell prefers to call them, pale into insignificance beside newspapers like the Herald.

As Leasky was the first to point out – in terms of accuracy and fairness – comparing Wings with the likes of the Herald, in terms of numbers, is “hardly a fair comparison”.

Typical Leasky: straightforward, accurate, factual and devastatingly understated.

Typical Leasky: straightforward, accurate, factual and devastatingly understated.

Readers can make up their own minds. But any Unionist or Nationalist or interested observer who thinks that Wings Over Scotland is a political player should think again.

If you believe that Wings trumpeted figure of just under 300,000 unique users is anything remotely close to individual readers then AhDinnaeKen has some plain and simple advice for you: take a long hard look in the mirror – that’s what a zoomer looks like.

30,000 to 60,000 false

30,000 to 60,000 false “unique user” hits in a day makes a mockery of Campbell’s claims. Maybe some independent corroboration and forensic analysis is needed there.

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A letter to Iain Macwhirter

AN APPEAL to Iain Macwhirter of the Herald and to the maintenance of ethical journalism:

We* may be wrong, but this looks like Mr Macwhirter is trying to defend Wings.

We* may be wrong, but this looks like Mr Macwhirter is trying to defend Wings.

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

Dear Mr Macwhirter

AS A FAN of your work I was dismayed to find that you have chosen to champion a blogger who epitomises many of the negative stereotypes associated with Nationalism.

I confess to being saddened at what appears to be an attempt by you to affiliate yourself, through the medium of Twitter, with Wings Over Scotland and its editor, Stuart Campbell.

Since the moment you took it upon yourself to reply in kind to some of the more outrageous right wing press claims that “Scotland has gone mad” , you seem to have taken it to heart and reacted out of character.

The experience also seems to have skewed, in a limited fashion, your journalistic judgement.

I’m not quite sure what you’re trying to achieve with your contrived Twitter name calling of @Wingsscotland. I think your point is that Stuart Campbell is somehow more a victim of online abuse than the abuser.

If that is the case then please desist.

Harm can only come to your reputation by doing so.

I’ll give you a couple of examples why the championing of Campbell is, at best, foolish. Hopefully, it will garner some sympathy with you for the case being made by this letter:

When Campbell of Wings experienced a little online meltdown recently at news of the apparent appointment of Kate Higgins as a SPAD for Nicola Sturgeon, he raised some outlandish and vexatious allegations against her.

You can see the whole self pitying whine using archive.

You can see the whole self pitying crybaby whine using the archive link in the quote below.

He said: “Kate Higgins is the root cause and the heart of the abuse I’ve endured for the past three years from people in the Yes movement…”
A forthright, serious and specific claim made against a specific individual.

The allegation has since been deleted . If Kate Higgins had chosen to action it in court, it would have been an open and shut case. Campbell obviously made a braveheart decision, swallowed his alleged journalistic principles, and chose to delete the whole thread in which the comments were made.

Last night I asked you on Twitter to clarify the point you were trying to make with the somewhat bizarre name calling, initiated by you, aimed at Campbell on your Twitter feed. To date, you have not replied.

I also asked you: “Do you think “a dim-witted honking nobody” was fair comment from #Wingsscotland in relation to Kate Higgins”. This was in reference to an ad hominem attack initiated by Campbell in the same post in which he accused Ms Higgins of being the source of his alleged three year endurance of abuse .

Again, there was no answer.

Of course, you don’t have to reply and I respect that right. But given that the questions asked were respectful enquiries relevant to your current show of solidarity with Campbell, I expected some sort of response.

The other example is in reference to myself and a third party unknown to me.

Campbell made a specific allegation against the anonymous editor of this blog, AhDinnaeKen and the Twitter account I operate – @ergasiophobe.

In this instance, the allegation was as serious an allegation as can be made: Campbell claimed that @ergasiophobe is operated by a “stalker” who was arrested by the police “for threatening to rape and murder” him.

This accusation needs to be proved, not denied, in order to be validated.

This accusation needs to be proved, not denied, in order to be validated.

I , the operator of the AhDinnaeKen and @ergasiophobe accounts, can truthfully and without prejudice state that I have never been arrested in my life. Boring but true.

Campbell specifically named an individual in a post entitled the Personal Touch – which can still be read by almost “3 million Scots” to this day – and also claimed that this blog was operated by said individual or others “acting as a front for him”.

You only have to read the piece to see that Campbell made some very serious and extreme accusations based on his feelings – not on tangible or credible evidence.

The whole piece is a tirade of unethical logical fallacy, vexatious lies, smear and vindictiveness. It besmirches the basic ethical elements of journalism which should underpin the work of all ethical journalists – something which I hold you, Iain, to be a paragon of.

Of course, if Campbell’s allegations were true then Campbell’s alleged “stalker” should quite rightly have been arrested, tried, convicted and jailed. People who conspire to rape and murder anyone should be taken off of the streets to remove the threat they pose to society.

AhDinnaeKen is still here. Funny that.

Campbell, on the other hand, is in the inconvenient position of having made a serious unfounded accusation under which the ‘burden of proof’ lies upon him.

To date, other than Campbell’s post hoc opinion, no credible proof or evidence of Campbell’s vexatious allegation has been forthcoming. And it never will be, because there is none.

It would be easy to write this letter off as the rantings of an #internetnutcase or an ‘obsessive’ or a ‘stalker’. But you have it within your power, Iain, to do something about it now.

Seeing as you currently appear to be making the ironic point that Campbell is somehow the victim of online abuse, I would suggest that you’re morally obliged to clear up Campbell’s abusive accusation.

It isn’t just a vile ad hominem aimed at shutting down and smearing a critic he doesn’t like – similar, in a fashion, to the allegation aimed at Kate Higgins – it is potentially a criminal accusation that Campbell has made. And surely you can see how extreme that it is?

All you need to do is ask Campbell for the indisputable proof which directly links AhDinnaeKen and @ergasiophobe to the alleged arrest of an individual who allegedly threatened to “rape and murder” him.

I understand you’re under no obligation to do so. But there are actions you can take – which I would willingly be party to – which would put to bed, once and for all, Campbell’s vexatious allegations which are an extreme and vindictive lie.

It’s this type of behaviour by Campbell, outlined here, which leaves me convinced that he is an extremist of potentially unsound mind and the epitome of many of the dangers represented by unchecked Nationalism.

Given that you appear to have nailed your colours to the Wings’ mast, so to speak, I would suggest that you’re under a moral and ethical obligation to clear this up.

I look forward to your silence on the matter.

Yours sincerely

 

Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

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Wings Over Clipeland and the new Twitter landscape

CONTRAST AND compare:

Like the hissy fit over Kate Higgins, this Tweet has gone to hate-preacher heaven.

Like the crybaby hissy fit over Kate Higgins, this Tweet has gone to hate-preacher deletion heaven. Or something.

By Longshanker aka @Ergasiophobe

“Nowadays, if you so much as express a controversial and unpopular opinion about something (a concept more traditionally known as “freedom of speech”), you’re likely to swiftly and suddenly find yourself staring at the inside of a prison cell.”Stuart Campbell – Crybaby Nation, Nov 2012, Wings Over Clipeland.

Take a look at the Tweet above. And its timestamp.

It no longer exists. It’s been deleted. Eradicated. Excised. Erased.

Laughingly, AhDinnaeKen wonders why.

Presumably, it was tweeted in response to this:

Figuratively speaking it's as pleasant as its subject matter. But in any world other than literalist Nationalists, could this comment be considered a threat against Nicola Sturgeon.

Figuratively speaking, it’s as pleasant as its subject matter. But in any world other than literal Nationalism, could this comment be considered a threat against Nicola Sturgeon?

Hardly pleasant, but hardly worth reporting to the police either. The literalism of some Nationalists embarrasses the concept of figurative speech. It’s as if it doesn’t exist in their limited and polarised online world.

Stuart Campbell of the Wings Over Clipeland blog is rapidly gaining another disreputable online reputation: that of a vexatious hypocritical authoritarian clipe.

Indeed, Campbell’s recent Twitter behaviour can only be viewed as that of a creepy “playground” clipe – he referred to Twitter as his “playground” when interviewed by Paul Hutcheon of the Herald. Now he’s spending much of his Twitter playtime threatening to clipe on those he doesn’t like.

The recent suspension of Twitter accounts criticising Wings and the threats by Campbell through the form of ludicrously prissy “Formal” notices would be hilarious if it didn’t also bring Twitter’s newly declared policy on abuse into disrepute.

Twitter’s bosses have openly declared that they want to close the gap on Facebook. The difference in numbers of users between the two social media platforms is phenomenal.

One of the key areas highlighted by the Twitter beaks was that of abuse. They felt it was important that they “put the cost of dealing with harrassment on those doing the harrassing.” and that a crackdown on abuse would encourage more users to the platform.

Which is all very fine and well. There are some disturbingly well documented cases – the most recent being the Twitter “threat” storm raged against Jeremy Clarkson’s ex-producer – where such a policy is more than welcome.

But what happens when those complaining of harrassment are actually using it as a cloak to harras and close down debate?

Then it becomes a completely different issue because it undermines Twitter’s credibility. And it lets Twitter be seen as aiding and abetting the abusers. A counterproductive state of affairs for Twitter.

Campbell’s recent “Formal” notice diktats (dikTweets) is just such a phenomenon. The above deleted Tweet is a sign that the authoritarian hate-preacher wants to take his abuse that wee bit further and, ironically, see Tweeters imprisoned for tasteless comments which he and his cohorts, presumably, do not approve of.

It goes beyond Campbell’s wee man syndrome and drifts into “creepy as f**k” territory.

AhDinnaeKen’s @Ergasiophobe account received one of Campbell’s “formal” threats yesterday. It was mindful of the sort of thing that Rick the anarchist from the BBC’s Young Ones would do – either that or write a letter of protest to Mr Echo of Echo and the Bunnymen.

Our crime? – A tweeted reply to besotted schmuck and Wings promoter, Stephen Daisley of Scottish Television. The @wingsscotland moniker was part of the original tweet by Daisley and we* never realised that not deleting it from our reply would cause such apparent offence to Campbell that he deemed it as harrassment worthy of his “formal” threat/notice.

Thin skinned doesn’t come into it.

Campbell also got Twitter’s guardians to suspend @neiledwardlovat’s account for questioning the dodgy figures referred to in the Salmond endorsed Nationalist bible, the Wee Blue Book (ADK passim) .

@OneTarves suffered suspension too. Several others were threatened with such action by Campbell – including @sjfletcherviews above. Despite Campbell’s false claim he had “no interest in anything you say, ever” he decided to report @sjfletcherviews to the police – with address attached.

Worthy behaviour of alternative media or “creepy as f**k”? You decide.

Ever since Campbell won his ill founded claim of defamation against the Scotsman, his ego has landed. His hubris has expanded exponentially and he’s taken to threatening anyone he sees as a threat to his polarised world view.

If Twitter play into the hands of little Napoleons like Campbell, the gap between it and Facebook will only increase.

And that would be an unnecessary shame.

Every time we* read it we* can't help but laugh, even though, taken to its logical conclusion it's a threat to "freedom of speech" and it undermines Twitter's credibility.

Every time we* read it we* can’t help but laugh, even though, taken to its logical conclusion, it’s a threat against “freedom of speech” and undermines Twitter’s credibility. Welcome to Scotland’s brave new alternative media. Can we have the old biased MSM version back please?

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Crybaby Nationalist throws declared principles out of pram

 

HYPOCRISY IS the hallmark of the charlatan, crybaby Nationalist and partisan propagandist. When challenged and found to be wanting, these types inevitably resort to censorship and control and silencing of perceived dissent. The action they take is often in complete opposition to their stated aims and principles. AhDinnaeKen resurrects Laird Wilcox on Extremist Traits and investigates:

More than 500 comments were censored by Campbell. According to his own declared principles that makes him 'weak' and 'dishonest'. There's a thing.

More than 500 comments on this feature weren’t censored by comments moderator Stuart Campbell. An undeclared number were. According to his own declared principles that makes him ‘weak’ and ‘dishonest’. There’s a thing.

 

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

SOME COMMENTS left under an AhDinnaeKen story highlighted an amusing little spat which apparently took place on the Wings Over Scotland blog recently.

If you take a look at the picture above and the figure to the right, the number reads 545. That figure is a tally of the number of comments left on the blog.

Yet, somewhat surprisingly, when counted, there were only – at time of writing – 39 comments!!??

Surely shome mishtake?

AhDinnaeKen was looking for the following posted comment which, according to our source, Major Disaster, was left by Stuart Campbell, editor of the blog and moderator of said comments:

Rev. Stuart Campbell says: 30 March, 2015 at 10:46 am

“but throwing your toys out of the pram and leaving said debate is a little self-defeating”

That’s enough. From now on anyone using the phrase “toys out of the pram” or anything similar gets deleted. Everyone has their own red lines, their own views on which compromises are acceptable and which aren’t. By all means debate the decision to resign, but I’m not having it in such insulting terms any more.

What’s important here is that Major Disaster also printed the timestamp for anyone interested enough to look for themselves.

AhDinnaeKen was amused at the thin skinned hissy fit diktat so we* decided to take a look to see if there were any other such nuggets of hilarity. (Un)surprisingly, the comment wasn’t there – it was censored, deleted, disappeared and spirited away for reasons undeclared.

[ Edit: Ignore the bit about the deletion of comments on Campbell’s post above. Today the April fool was AhDinnaeKen. As Twitter user PSflaps pointed out to us* this morning, the 500 comments on the article above, don’t appear to have been deleted. We*’ll put it down to experience and humbly recognise that it’s one of the dangers of banging something out in less than 80 minutes before going to work. The principle of the rest of the blog stands though. Campbell arbitrarily deletes comments he doesn’t like. As can be seen from the Twitter exchange below. ]

Wings Censor Twitter

We* got it wrong this time regarding 500 deleted comments – April fool! But as this thread shows, Campbell’s at it all the time. The principle point being raised stands.

Big deal, you may be thinking. The moderator of a blog’s comments threads has the absolute right to do what they want – even if it means binning/censoring over 500 comments.

According to an allegedly ‘switched on’ contemporary blogger: “The most telling aspect of any online entity is how it interacts with its users…

“If a site obsessively controls and censors reader comments, you can invariably take it as a sign of weakness. Comments are, at the end of the day, just some words on the internet.”

The blogger who wrote this sage wisdom of liberal principle and democratic philosophy was none other than Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland. Entitled, “Courage and convictions: the state of the Scottish online media and blogosphere.”, the piece was written almost three years ago and was mostly an exercise in moral superiority underscored with the ulterior motive of attacking James Mackenzie of the Better Nation site’s comments moderation policy.

Of the Better Nation site, Campbell also said:

“I’d been searching for a while for a Scottish political blog that wasn’t abysmally written, appallingly designed, intellectually embarrassing or all three, and in 2011 I briefly thought I’d discovered it in an earlier version of Better Nation. That illusion lasted for the few hours it took to be summarily banned, without warning or explanation (and by person or persons still unidentified), from commenting on my own article. It was at this point I reluctantly acknowledged that I couldn’t count on being able to express my uncensored views on Scottish politics anywhere unless I took matters into my own hands.”

So, the birth of Wings Over Scotland was all James Mackenzie’s fault. Apparently. We hope James can live with himself. 🙂

The brazenly laughable hypocrisy of Campbell and his compromised principle is there for all to see. By Campbell’s own admission Wings Over Scotland’s moderation policy demonstrates nothing other than “weakness”.

Campbell also said: “There’s a legitimate case to make for not allowing comments at all, but every time you selectively censor one you simply don’t like you’re admitting that you’re incapable of addressing it honestly.”

And that sums up Campbell quite succinctly. As his behaviour on Twitter recently demonstrated – threatening people with the police, ordering people to delete Tweets and reporting people to the authorities for @-ing him (the bastards) – Campbell is “incapable” of addressing criticism honestly.

Besotted schmuck, Stephen Daisley of allegedly impartial broadcaster, Scottish Television said of Campbell:

Whatever one thinks of his politics or rhetoric, he cannot be charged with inauthenticity.”

Hmm. Quite! A bit of reappraisal required there we* think.

The last word however goes to Laird Wilcox’s excellent 21 point guide to extremist traits. Number 8 observes:

8. ADVOCACY OF SOME DEGREE OF CENSORSHIP OR REPRESSION OF THEIR OPPONENTS AND/OR CRITICS.

“This may include a very active campaign to keep opponents from media access and a public hearing, as in the case of blacklisting, banning or “quarantining” dissident spokespersons. They may actually lobby for legislation against speaking, writing, teaching, or instructing “subversive” or forbidden information or opinions. They may even attempt to keep offending books out of stores or off of library shelves, discourage advertising with threats of reprisals, and keep spokespersons for “offensive” views off the airwaves or certain columnists out of newspapers. In each case the goal is some kind of information control. Extremists would prefer that you listen only to them. They feel threatened when someone talks back or challenges their views.”

The last three lines are the most telling.

According to contemporary reports, many of the comments censored by Campbell were posted by Wings donors. We* bet they’re happy about that.

As to be expected with Campbell’s faux, toys oot the pram, authenticity, we’re still laughing.

Brazen double standards. It's the extremist way.

Brazen double standards. It’s the extremist way.

 

 

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Crybaby Nationalist takes to the bottle

A REDTOP newspaper exposes a vile threat from loose cannon cybernat Nick Durie. He repeatedly uses a word which suggests the potential influence of Stuart “Blub-blub” Campbell’s extremist blog, Wings Over Scotland. And a nugget of pre-indyref information slips out. Consequently, Blub-blub Campbell takes to the bottle for solace. AhDinnaeKen, with obvious caveats, falls off its proverbial seat laughing. Here’s why:

Don't do it Wingman. The country is depending on you. :)

Don’t do it Wingman. The country is depending on you. 🙂

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

THE DAILY Record yesterday reported a vilely worded threat against indyref supporter and activist, Aidan Kerr, now defined by cybernats as a “defector”.

“Defector” is used four times in a sanctimonious tirade by “dedicated dad” and threatening cybernat, Nick Durie, who chillingly said of Aidan that he should be “castigated, shut down and prevented from operating”. Scary stuff and not very funny at all.

All that's missing are words like "cleansing" and "quisling" and "traitor to his country",

All that’s missing are words like “cleansing” and “quisling” and “traitor to his country”,

Ross McCafferty, social media commentator and mostly amusing wag, highlighted that the use of the word “defector” was used by Stuart Campbell in his blog predating Durie’s attack. Considering that Durie types are attracted to Wings like flies to something decidedly unpleasant, the link is a logical but potentially fallacious one to make – post hoc proctor ergo hoc etc.

A quick investigation proved Ross’s observation to be correct. But, to be fair to Blub-blub Campbell, he had used the word in quotes, suggesting its original use may have originated elsewhere.

Published on the 16th Feb this year, it certainly predates Durie's vile attack.

Published in the Wings on the 16th Feb this year, the use of “defector”certainly predates Durie’s vile attack. Coincidence or magic that Durie referred to Aidan Kerr as a “defector”? You decide.

So, was Campbell partly to blame for Durie’s tirade? Who knows? The jury’s out and we* certainly couldn’t say he was. We* know how authoritarian and bullying Campbell is and how fond he is of threatening law suits or setting the authorities on people to shut opinion down. So we*’re saying nothing.

There are several threads attached to this story and readers can follow them as they will.

AhDinnaeKen is concerned with the bombshell dropped by Yes campaigner, organiser and activist Ross Greer – referred to by Campbell at the top of the page.

According to Greer, much of his time and fellow Yes campaign organiser Jonathan Mackie’s time, was spent keeping the likes of Nick Durie and Wings Over Scotland as far away from the official Yes campaign as possible.

Official Yes campaign organiser openly admits Wings caused the campaign problems - shock. Cognitive dissonance a go-go.

Official Yes campaign organiser openly admits Wings caused the campaign problems – shock. Cognitive dissonance a go-go.

They clearly recognised the real and potential danger of such toxic campaigners being directly linked to their movement.

Public perception is everything in such vital campaigns and it’s possible, given a bit of conjecture and whataboutery, that the Yes campaign could have achieved a better result had they not been impaired by and associated with the likes of Campbell and his “creepy as f**k” grassroot surveillance goons.

What we do know, is that the poor wee hate-preaching blubberer is blubbing away into his vodka bottle in the official knowledge that the Yes campaign considered him to be as toxic as Nick Durie.

Blub-blub indeed.

We*’re still laughing.

Next!

The bottom tweet precedes the one above - proving that cybernats and extremist hate preachers have no sense of irony or self awareness. Natch!

This is a screengrab of Campbell’s Twitter timeline last night. The bottom tweet precedes the one above – proving that cybernats and extremist hate preachers have no sense of irony or self awareness at all. Natch!

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Crybaby Nationalist scab runs away from Call Kaye

DOUBLE STANDARDS and the inability to stand by your own principles are the hallmarks of snake oil hucksters and extremist hypocrites everywhere. No surprise then that Stuart Campbell of the Wings Over Scotland blog couldn’t resist appearing on BBC’s Call Kaye radio programme yesterday – despite his call to “treat anyone appearing there as a scab.” AhDinnaeKen knowingly tut tuts and rolls over laughing:

Scab calls self scab in scabrously scabby tweet. Now that's what we* call Scabby.

Scab calls self scab in scabrously scabby tweet. Now that’s what we* call Scabby.

By Scab Campbell

“Hi Stuart. Now, you’re from Wings Over Scotland. Explain to us what Wings Over Scotland is to people who are not familiar.” said Kaye Adams when Stuart “scab” Campbell phoned in yesterday to castigate Kaye Adams for not doing her job.

‘Wings Over Scotland is a quasi-religious cult of like minded border line fascist extremists who worship at the temple of Alex Salmond’ he paraphrased in reply.

You’re not here to condescendingly point out that Kezia Dugdale and Jim Murphy are following Alex Salmond’s line about the biggest party having the “moral authority” to form the government after the General Election, Kaye subtextually asked.

That’s exactly why I’m on came the peremptorily authoritative answer – though the voice of the blubbering extremist was audibly about to crack with the tears of injustice weighing on his puritanical partisan soul.

Okay, Blub-blub, you don’t mind if I call you Blub-blub, Stuart? queried Kaye without waiting for an answer, stick your size 3 jackboot into the Beeb, we need a good laugh here. But before you do, consider this:

“I dont think this debate is helping, I really don’t” opined Kaye, “and Stuart (Blub-blub) I would say that to you too, and I’m not trying to knock down your point and I’m not trying to say you’re not technically correct but I don’t think it helps!”

Technically Correct

Cue a “technically correct” rantathon from the blubbering diminutive demagogue where his voice was permanently on the edge of breaking down into a blubbering flood of outraged scabrous tears. Of course, self righteous extremists fuelled with the zeal of self appointed supreme moral authority don’t know how to play the media game. This was most noticeable when the blubbering blubberer blubbed:

“Jim Murphy knows perfectly well that he’s LYING, that the biggest party does not automatically get to form the government.”

Okay, okay”, you’ve bored me to tears now Stuart and you’ve called someone a liar who isn’t even here to defend himself, you can hear the talkshow host saying/thinking. You’ll be telling me how to do my job next added Psychic Kaye.

To which the tediously predictable blogger duly whined:

“You have to challenge THEM on that Kaye, I’m sorry. You are not doing your job if you let THEM tell such a blatant lie and completely fail to contest it in any way.” he screamed.

Cue a robust defence from Psychic Kaye when faced with the posturing finger wagging of a vexatious slanderer like Blub-blub:

“Well Stuart, I’d appreciate it if you don’t personalise it” because if you continue to do so I’ll have to point out that you have a face like a female camel’s syphilis infected genitals and that wouldn’t be very nice, defended Kaye.

Unfortunately, a person of the feminine gender sticking up for herself in a robust and forthright manner was too much for the well documented misogynist hate-preacher and he hung up in a flood of tears at a woman having the temerity to stand up to him.

Kaye moved on, as she is used to doing, and offered Blub-blub the chance to “scab” some more by staying on the line and chipping in. But she had failed to understand that self appointed supreme authority’s on earth don’t like opinionated and sassy women. The blubbing Jedi Reverend had hung up and run away to scream at his four walls and seek succour from his rat pals due to Kaye’s alleged “vehemence“.

AhDinnaeKen is still laughing at just how thin skinned the alleged “robust polemicist” really is.

Readers can make up their own minds.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b055jm9x#auto (approx. 16 mins)

Notable that a woman defending herself against an accusation of not doing her job properly is called "vehemence" by Campbell. The wee soul probably needs to get out more.

Notable that a woman defending herself against an accusation of not doing her job properly is called “vehemence” by Campbell. The wee soul probably needs to get out more. As for hanging up, we know what assume does to you and me. Don’t worry Stuart, your secret’s safe, we know you hung up to have a good cathartic cry at the temerity of a woman answering back.

 

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Partisan prophet proves himself right by quoting himself – magic!

PARTISAN JOURNALISM, or propaganda as it’s better known, has one overriding objective – a systematically one sided attitude toward every problem that has to be dealt with. Sometimes that means its practitioners have to bend the truth so far that the truth breaks and becomes a misleading lie. AhDinnaeKen investigates the alleged truth bending of Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland in his previous and present incarnation:

Misleading and unethical. What we've come to expect.

Stuart Campbell used these two quotes to reinforce the authority of his Fairplay campaign. The Edge quote was allegedly written by Campbell as was the CTW one. We’re awaiting verification of the first. AhDinnaeKen verified that the second (CTW) is indeed Campbell’s handiwork.

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

“SCRATCH THE surface at any point, and it would seem that much of the rhetoric of the FairPlay campaign is based on some completely unfounded assertions that have never been backed up by facts or research.” stated a Gamesindustry.biz report into claims raised by the then Fairplay campaigner and videogames reviewer, Stuart Campbell – the present editor of the Wings Over Scotland blog.

The report from 2002 further informed its readers of Campbell’s deceitful manipulation of attributed quotes to lend a false authority to his campaign’s spurious claims.

Most damaging was the allegation that Campbell had quoted his own writings and attributed them to the publications they were written for as if the two were somehow separate.

At no time did Campbell mention or let on that he was the author of the quotes.

If true, the Gamesbizindustry.biz report was a damning insight into the dishonest practice and unethical actions of a self professed “professional journalist”.

In short, Campbell was effectively treating his target audience/readership with cynical contempt using unethical journalistic practise.

Predictably, Campbell called the claims a lie and countered with a classic Tu Quoque riposte:

“..tame industry lapdogs like Gamesindustry.biz have been quick to condemn the campaign with ill-researched and blatantly untrue claims (ironically while accusing FairPlay of poor journalistic standards).”

AhDinnaeKen can exclusively reveal that Campbell was indeed guilty of the charges raised against him by Gamesindustry.biz . Click the links supplied to see Campbell’s initial CTW feature and how the quotes were further abused.

The most blatant manipulation concerned a quote attributed by Campbell to trade magazine Computer Trade Weekly (CTW):

In a CTW feature from 1996 entitled “The Price is Wrong”, Campbell said:

“The price of games is crippling innovation – with people buying so few games, they take very few risks, so publishers play safer and safer, so sales slip further downwards (how many driving games and beat-’em-ups do you need?), so games get more expensive to recoup the losses, etc etc.”

It’s the very same quote used by Campbell’s Fairplay campaign and attributed to CTW with no other allusion to Campbell.

Oh dear! Quoting yourself to prove yourself right, in this instance, is like a particularly incestuous form of the Circulum Probando logical fallacy. What a swiz,

Oh dear! This is a screen grab from Campbell’s original CTW feature. Quoting yourself to prove yourself right is a particularly onanistic form of the Circulus in Probando logical fallacy. What a swiz.

CTW, at the time, served the games industry and associated retail trade, keeping them abreast of news , developments and features. At its height it commanded a unique perspective on the burgeoning games industry and spoke with an unchallenged authority.

Campbell’s unattributed attribution hoped to tap into that authority. Except, embarrassingly for him, he was exposed by Gamesindustry.biz despite his counter claim they were lying.

The World of Stuart blog has a large archive of Campbell’s work for various publications over the years, including CTW. The link to the original piece written by Campbell is here and an archive copy is here.

Readers can make their own mind up as to what this tells them about Campbell’s ethics and integrity in order to further his one sided interests.

Scottish Television journalist and Wings acolyte by proxy, Stephen Daisley, in pre-referendum praise of the Wings Over Scotland blog said:

“Mainstream media need not embrace Stuart Campbell but it cannot afford to ignore him or the challenges he poses to journalistic practice”

AhDinnaeKen agrees wholeheartedly with the sentiment of Daisley’s statement. Such journalistic practice highlighted above, shouldn’t be ignored, it should be exposed.

The main challenge Campbell poses to journalistic practice is one of ethics, integrity, credibilty, honesty, hypocrisy and trust.

It’s why if the MSM were to “embrace” Campbell, as some MSM journos such as Daisley, Kevin McKenna and Iain MacWhirter appear to be doing, then it could feasibly be claimed that they were undermining their own credibility – for the simple reason that they’re legitimising an inauthentic cheat and liar who abuses journalism for his own ends.

Campbell’s readers trust him enough and believe in his credibility enough to donate “as much” as they can afford to the upkeep of his lifestyle.

Apologists for the Wings blog might point out that the Fairplay campaign was a long time ago and imply that that somehow lessens the impact of Campbell’s deception.

It’s worth noting that the CTW feature was written in 1996 but the quotes were used to add authenticity to the Fairplay campaign six years later in 2002 .

You need only look at the back of the Campbell authored Wee Blue Book to see the same “misleading” attribution principle in action:

Wings is arguably the most exciting, invigorating, and innovative entrant to the Scottish media world in recent years. – STV News, 20 June 2014” screams the blurb on the back of the Wee Blue propaganda pamphlet.

To the uninitiated it implies endorsement by the mostly impartial broadcaster Scottish Television. The source of the quote was Stephen Daisley, something that should have been alluded to by Campbell because the quote implies that STV News endorsed Campbell when, of course, it was merely the “manlove” rhetorical foreplay by proxy of the Wings besotted STV journalist.

According to Ross McCafferty, also quoted on the Wee Blue Book – he referred to Wings Over Scotland as “The mumsnet of the independence movement” – Campbell’s attribution of his quote to the Mirror Online was a “bit harsh” due to the salient fact he hadn’t written it there. Yet, curiously, it was still attributed as such by Campbell. So much for fact checking, accuracy and truth etc.

Campbell has a history of basic factual and “misleading” errors – never corrected – which further his solipsistic interests.

Acolytes, supporters, donators, endorsers and apologists can take their excuses elsewhere. Anyone who donates to Wings in the belief that they’re funding professional journalism is a schmuck. Stuart Campbell, though they choose not to see it, is treating them and journalism with the contempt they probably deserve.

And that’s the real problem with Wings Over Scotland. For all the bluster and polemic about journalistic integrity and credibility and the alleged “fact checking”, “citing” and “sourcing” of his propaganda stories, it can never quite be believed as being “authentic”. From spending to readership to status to credibility all that’s required with Wings is to “scratch the surface” to find that its rhetoric is unfounded and its basic argument is built on a lie.

 

Attributed to Mirror Online except the quote doesn't come from the Mirror Online. Well done Wingsy. Yer a tryer at least.

Attributed to Mirror Online except the quote doesn’t come from the Mirror Online. Well done Wingsy. Yer a tryer at least.

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