I cannot say that I venture often into the New Statesman. James Macintyre is enough to put me off.
The headline ‘Tory Fiction, media fact’ lured me into these unexplored pastures; I found myself traipsing between cow pats, the autumn air heady with methane gas.
Mehdi postulates the notion that there is a ‘right-wing echo chamber’ at work in this country. The term right-wing echo chamber was coined by Rampton and Stauber in their book of two four short summers ago’ Banana Republicans: How the Right Wing Is Turning America Into a One-Party State – their thesis being that the right-wing parties in America were deliberately feeding misinformation into the army of columnists, bloggers and think tanks as a novel way of destabilising the Democratic movement.
Since I never got beyond page 6 of that turgid tome, I am scarcely in a position to comment on its accuracy vis-a-vis America; if Mehdi’s application of the theory to life in the UK is anything to go by, I had a lucky escape.
The ‘echo chamber effect’ relies on enlisting the help of every media outlet, right down to we ‘ever so humble’ bloggers, to repeat and enhance unsupported allegations until they become ‘accepted fact’.
So far so good. Wait for Mehdi’s evidence!
It seems that Britain’s debt crisis is now such an ‘accepted fact’ – spread about by malicious bloggers. So is the calumny that we have to make spending cuts now. As for the Prime Minister lacking integrity – why it is nothing more than malicious blogg-o-lies…….
Gosh, the current director of the Tax Payers Alliance once worked as a conservative researcher. The plot thickens. He’s not quoting facts and figures at all, it’s all been in our heads, we have been fed black propaganda!
“It is”, he says, “no wonder Labour ministers”, (the ruling party remember, of the most controlling political party this country has ever seen) struggling to make themselves heard above the noise of the right-wing echo chamber, have begun referring to themselves as underdogs”.
Let’s get this in proportion – Labour Ministers, with access to every last seedy inch of arm twisting media control, with the millions of pounds of the Unions behind them, and unlimited technology, are struggling to make themselves heard against an army of unpaid, unprofessional, disorganised, bloggers?
Golly gosh, would you ever?
Repeat after Mehdi, the country is not in debt, we don’t need to pay anything back, and the Prime Minister is a man of infinite integrity. He probably told Mehdi that when he was hanging around the UN kitchens. Sorry, having an intense six hour debate educating Obama, which was wilfully misrepresented by all those present.
Milking time Mehdi, just amble after the one in front.