This morning, Laurie Penny our fearless investigative reporter set out to research the stories covered by the papers, taking grave personal risk to read the Internet.
And a detailed investigation revealed the astonishing, and outrageous, truth:
I love the Pavolvian retweets, and I’ll leave aside that it’s a demonstration, not a revolution.
Fortunately the virtual Twitter research team were on hand to document the complete absence of the Spanish revolution from the British Media.
Unfortunately there are still some people out there who just don’t check their sources:
There’s are two serious points to this slightly trivial post.
The first is that Laurie Penny’s hyperbole, which is ever-present, doesn’t do her any favours.
The second is that there are plenty of people out there willing to swallow it hook, line and sinker.
To me that is a recurring theme in Laurie Penny’s output. She will first make a fairly random hasty assertion which has little or no basis in reality, whether it’s from a well of hyperbole:
When Robert Peel established the Metropolitan Police in 1829, he insisted on a gentle approach to the growing unrest among the urban poor. Almost two centuries later, more and more British people are convinced that the police’s role is to impose the government’s austerity programme, by force if necessary.
a transparent attempt to create an ‘anti-cuts revolution‘ narrative:
What happened in Stokes Croft has stirred up Britain’s growing anti-cuts and anarchist movements, with supporters travelling from across the country to Bristol today.
(which is rejected out of hand by people who are from the area)
“Avon and Somerset police moved in to disperse a long-running protest against a new branch of Tesco, whose appearance, in a community which is rebuilding itself with help of small businesses, has been contested by 95% of local residents, according to a straw poll on Twitter.”
(There’s a response to that here, as the original piece has been post-edited without full acknowledgement to remove the spurious “Twitter” reference.)
and then she will take a movement of lemmings with her over the logical cliff to unjustified conclusions.
That probably makes me one of those inconvenient attention-seeking, stalky haterz, who will insist on pointing out that national media organisations should make sure that people they hire have some level of competence. But there’s a need for a more careful critique of La Penny, so I may return to the topic occasionally.
On with the revolutions, comrades. The smaller the circles, the dizzier we get.