Thursday, August 22, 2013

Who Reports on the Reporters and who is Rowena Mason?

Who is Rowena Mason? She calls herself a journalist and political correspondent, ah well, "self praise is no recommendation" and that's true enough in Rowena's case I suppose.

Ms Mason previously worked for the Telegraph newspaper where below the line comments revealed she wasn't particularly popular, but then the Telegraph has been taken over by 'Ukippers', (whose members are former Tory foot soldiers the prime minister refers to as "swivel eyed loons") so anyone transgressing from the Ukip message (whatever it is today) would be suitably abused.

Ms Mason has now been employed by the Guardian. I suspect that this is because she displays 'Liberal Democrat tendencies' and we all know how the Guardian loves a Liberal Democrat, it's just a pity none of them can define what one actually is!

Since taking up her position with the Guardian, Ms Mason seems to be behaving like a Exocet missile programmed to attack the leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband.  Wherever Ed goes Rowena goes! At first it was puzzling,  but now it just alternates between being infantile and vindictive, or vindictively infantile (children can be like that sometimes). Still I suppose her limpet like quality came in useful when she copped a load of the egg meant for Ed Miliband which was hurled by the 'cerebrally' challenged egg thrower Dean Porter at the East Street market in Walworth last week! The story for Rowena here (which she missed) was to get to Porter and ask him if he had considered that blindly hurling eggs with force into a crowd could have struck a baby or child causing them serious injury? Eggs when thrown with force can cut and bruise and they hurt and if by some freak accident they had stuck a child on the head or between the eyes they could have fatally injured that child. But apparently Rowena's mission was as blind as Porter's "get Ed" at all costs, at least Dean Porter had stupidity on his side, what excuse did Rowena Mason have?

I wonder did the Guardian employ Rowena Mason as some sort of weird blue Liberal Democrat concubine or did she come as the complete package with her own "get Ed" agenda after being ousted by the Telegraph as they cut their editorial staff? Does Rowena feel she has something to prove in what she views as a "mans world" and has tried to make herself look all "Jeremy Paxman"and  has decided that she must become the female equivalent to the ignoramus Nick [gob almighty] Ferrari?

It's a puzzle, why would someone who obviously wants to be taken seriously as a hard hitting journalist and political correspondent (nothing wrong with that if that is what she wants), risk harming their own career by carrying out a series of unwarranted personal attacks in a bizarre vendetta in order to try and end someone else's career? Surely Ms Mason is savvy enough to realise that there is a difference between hard hitting journalism and just plain petty juvenile behaviour which is not even backed up by the barest of facts?  Even more bizarre is the question; 'why is the Guardian a once well respected newspaper, which has received several accolades for serious investigative journalism allowing this kind of Rowena written trash to fill their pages'? A cursory look below the line in many of Rowena's vendettas articles and  some of the many other "Ed Miliband bashing articles" that the Guardian have been recently running, would show that this kind of petty vindictive and wholly unnecessary character assassination of Ed Miliband is beginning to seriously harm the Guardian's reputation as well as "hack-off" loyal "Guardianistas"and regular online users. With the Guardian copy sales now falling faster than a stone is this a "luxury" they can afford? Or are is the Guardian out to try attract Sun readers who refuse to pay to view the Sun online since it has gone behind a pay-wall? Or maybe it's a combination of things?

During the 2010 general election campaign the Guardian infamously came out for the Liberal Democrats, much to the disquiet of many of its regular readers, this caused many readers to stop buying the paper. Pretty soon the shine slipped from Nick Clegg and he was quickly exposed as being liar-politician all along. Under fire from its less than impressed readership, instead of quietly admitting they got it wrong in supporting the Lib Dems and tailing their support off gently, the Guardian started publishing several online articles a day all about how "wonderful" Nick Clegg and the Liberals were and how well they were doing, when all sane people could clearly see they were in the government to make the Tory numbers up. As they persisted with their Nick Clegg 'love-ins' so the criticism of them increased and has it would seem, continued to increase with every Clegg article ever since. It appears from below the line comments that most Guardian readers seem to vehemently object to the narrative their newspaper is trying to force feed them, and instead of taking the hint the Guardian has stubbornly intensified its insistence on trying to rehabilitate Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats with the public. They were told repeatedly it wouldn't work and it hasn't worked, in fact, all the Guardian seems to have done is manage to alienate still more its readers! Did the Guardian editorial suddenly realise their "Clegg agenda" wasn't working and decided to replace it with their "bash Ed Miliband" campaign? Try and attract back to the Liberal Democrat fold all the voters that have deserted them for Labour, hopefully damaging Labour's poll lead in the process? Bungling Guardian editorial staff must feel pretty desperate to save face by going to such extreme lengths to try and ensure that there is another Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition after the 2015 general election! However, the Guardian hasn't got enough circulation to do this on its own so is it in cahoots with the Tory supporting right wing press who would rather see another Tory-led coalition than another Labour government? I'm not given to conspiracy theories, but this one seems to be gaining ground and doesn't appear to be too far beyond the realms of impossibility either!

What has been happening to Ed Miliband in the press lately and especially in the Guardian, is an absolute disgrace to good investigative journalism, in fact personally I wouldn't call it journalism because it isn't, it's plainly bullying. I wrote a blog about the bullying of Gordon Brown a few weeks back and mentioned then that I thought the same may be happening to Ed Miliband and now I am sure it is.

I have no doubt Ed Miliband doesn't need me to fight his corner for him, he seems more than capable of standing up to these people and fighting for himself and has himself has proved he can tough this out, it must drive them nuts when he totally blanks them,  he is obviously a lot stronger than these mealy mouthed spiteful journalists have given him credit for. I would say that they'll continue to underestimate Ed Miliband at their peril, but I am not so sure they are underestimating him, maybe after throwing everything at him including 'eggs' and the kitchen sink and still they haven't managed to knock him down and ruin Labour's poll lead, that they finally have the measure of Ed Miliband and have realised that  allowing him to get in front of real people, those people really like him, they take to him and that is the real danger and a threat! This is probably why "Cowardly Cameron" refuses to reveal if the live leadership debates during the next general election campaign will take place (he is trying to get out of them), all this ridiculing of Miliband is because they fear him and the Guardian who want another God forsaken hideous Tory-led coalition fear an "I agree with Ed" moment, which with Labour's poll lead would put Ed comfortably in Downing Street. However, Ed Miliband would do well to remember that the Tories and their friends in big business, the banks and right wing press often take the facts which they then twist and distort out of all recognition and this they use to induce fear in people in order to push through their own agendas. We have seen it clearly with the Tories blaming Labour for the Global recession and banking collapse as an excuse to push through their right wing ideology which will in the end suit bankers and business.
Obviously Ed Miliband doesn't do this and prefers the truth and honesty, but as the last few weeks have shown, this will not stop his enemies from lying about him and deliberately misleading people for their own agenda, political or otherwise!
I suspect that it is also part to do with the Leveson recommendations, they fear if Ed Miliband gets to be the next PM, he will do what the majority of the public want and implement them. The Labour party are the only party of real opposition, they are fighting two parties of Government and are now it would seem fighting a supposedly left leaning newspaper.

The Guardian has allowed its message to become confused and muddled, what does the newspaper stand for these days? Is it no longer a paper of the left? Has it lurched to the right like so many of its readers and former readers have accused it of? If it is now a right leaning newspaper supporting the Tories and the orange Tories the Liberal Democrats then it has a duty to its remaining readership to tell them exactly where on the political spectrum it is, so they can make an informed choice.

One thing is for certain though, the Guardian in using their privileged position as a newspaper to try to batter a person into resigning and effectively ending their career by allowing their journalists to abuse their position using lies, smears, innuendo, half truths, petty spite and deliberate misrepresentation, is not only willful distortion, it's dirty shameful politics and dirty shameful embarrassing journalism. What on earth does the Guardian newspaper stand for these days? What is it and who is it actually for?

It seems to me that not only has the Guardian lost its way and lost its integrity as a newspaper, it has also lost its soul. 
(That's what you get for allowing yourself to become compromised by the blue and orange Tories)


Anonymous said...

I ask the same about the Labour Party - what does it stand for??????????

Gracie Samuels said...

As you are obviously too lazy to do your own research: (Or too Tory) Try this:

1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.
2. Low mortgage rates.
3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52 per hour.
4. Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.
5. Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.
6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.
7. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.
8. Funding for every pupil in England has doubled.
9. Employment is at its highest level ever.
10. Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries.
11. 85,000 more nurses.
12. 32,000 more doctors.
13. Brought back matrons to hospital wards.
14. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament.
15. Devolved power to the Welsh Assembly.
16. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.
17. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.
18. Gift aid was worth £828 million to charities last year.
19. Restored city-wide government to London.
20. Record number of students in higher education.
21. Child benefit up 26 per cent since 1997.
22. Delivered 2,200 Sure Start Children’s Centres.
23. Introduced the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
24. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & up to £300 for over-80s.
25. On course to exceed our Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
26. Restored devolved government to Northern Ireland.
27. Over 36,000 more teachers in England and 274,000 more support staff and teaching assistants.
28. All full time workers now have a right to 24 days paid holiday.
29. A million pensioners lifted out of poverty.
30. 600,000 children lifted out of relative poverty.
31. Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents.
32. Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships.
33. Brought over 1 million social homes up to standard.
34. Inpatient waiting lists down by over half a million since 1997: the shortest waiting times since NHS records began.
35. Banned fox hunting.
36. Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since before the industrial revolution.
37. Free TV licences for over-75s.
38. Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals.
39. Free breast cancer screening for all women aged between 50-70.

Gracie Samuels said...


40. Free off peak local bus travel for over-60s.
41. New Deal – helped over 1.8 million people into work.
42. Over 3 million child trust funds have been started.
43. Free eye test for over 60s.
44. More than doubled the number of apprenticeships.
45. Free entry to national museums and galleries.
46. Overseas aid budget more than doubled.
47. Heart disease deaths down by 150,000 and cancer deaths down by 50,000.
48. Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent.
49. Free nursery places for every three and four-year-olds.
50. Free fruit for most four to six-year-olds at school.
51. Gender Recognition Act 2004/5
52. Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. That ended 30 years of the troubles in which 3000 people were killed.
53. Flagship walk- in Health Centres and GP out of hours Service.
54. Campaigned tirelessly for, and then brought about the universal provision of digital hearing aids, through the NHS.
55. Children’s Act 2004, 2008 – Every Child Matters. Flagship policy aimed at effectively safeguarding all children and young people, and meeting their needs, regardless of background
56. Introduced Smoke – Free legislation, 2007, which led to a significant decrease in hospital admissions for children with asthma. The decrease in childhood asthma symptoms happened immediately that the smoking ban was introduced, and have continued to decrease since.
57. Introduced the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) which is aimed at improving the quality of advice provided to customers and the transparency around the charges for that advice. Ended commission for advisers to address the imbalance of interest between customers and companies selling financial products.
58. Introduced legislation to make blacklisting unlawful in 2009 – 2010.
59. The Equality Act.
60. Established the Disability Rights Commission.
61. The Human Rights Act.
62 Signed the European Social Chapter, introduced measures including: a right to parental leave; extended maternity leave; a new right to request flexible working; and the same protection for part-time workers as full time workers.
63. Launched £1.5 billion Housing Pledge of new affordable housing, largest program of council house building for twenty years.
64. The Autism Act 2009, which was the first ever disability-specific law in England.

Pam said...

Excellent work, Gracie!

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