He touched on his ambiguous feelings on the Wardog assassination, some of which I share. The comment thread makes interesting reading, amongst the mainly supportive comments was the 'oddity' posted by anonymous (picture on right, click to enlarge); ahh good old Anon - as ever it was, strident opinions from anonymous, and the courage of his/her convictions...
Now call me paranoid, but that looks like the rantings of a MSM drone to me; and confirms some suspicions I have. Apart from the obvious ignorance of this dick - the comment holds a mirror to the last spastic death throes of the pathetic Scottish printed meeja in a way most bloggers fail to; reflecting a death we are witnessing in all its public grotesqueness every day.
The nub of this reflection? Journalists, professional wordsmiths with barrels of ink, are comparing themselves to amateur bloggers. Bloggers come from a range of backgrounds, but in the main are not those who write for a living; if they did they would be doing just that - in an official capacity, one that generates income - something blogging certainly doesn't for the vast majority.
Bloggers are frustrated citizens with opinions, often strident, that they wish to express - like or hate these opinions they're as valid as those of any other member of this fractured country - and at least bloggers are willing to stand up, be counted, challenged and debate - an immediate right of reply that Scottish news publications and their laughable websites fail to offer; that's how much confidence they have in the professional tripe offered up as insightful news. Mr Anonymouse you do yourself and your risible industry damage when you make that comparison - calling for bloggers to be bound by your own pathetic voluntary codes of practice just highlights in stark relief this damaging comparison. Damaging for the MSM, flattering for bloggers - but wrong nonetheless.
Bloggers should not be bound by the hypocritical codes of practice that allow news publications to wield their "barrels of ink" to lie, fabricate stories, destroy lives, insinuate, manufacture news by their own actions and invade privacy with impunity - but not swear. Your industry has been judged and found wanting, exemplified by the lack of consumers for your particular brand of Scottish broadshit doublespeak. You are no longer the voice of the nation, nor the voice of a Scottish city; your circulation figures speak of a small hamlet in the Scottish highlands, on a good day.
For the purposes of clarification - it is my opinion that the majority of the thinking Scottish public believe most journalists are bullying cunts who do not like nor believe in free speech. Our opinions? just irrelevant nonsense, and if we speak against you, you threaten us with your "barrels of ink".
Looks like the MSM has declared war on bloggers, I quote:
"Now, this is not an attack on opinions. It's a challenge to bloggers"In the words of INCOMING - Heads up!