Unspeak Hit Parade

 
Best examples of unspeak from the "alternative" media...  


Thankfully, there's been much unscrambling of the unspeak of Blair, Straw, Hoon, various newspaper columnists, etc, over the Iraq war and related issues. But conspicuous by its relative absence is commentary on unspeak in so-called "alternative" media on similar issues. Here's my Top Five list of alt-unspeak:

1. Anyone who voted New Labour (post 2003 invasion of Iraq) was "complicit in war crimes".*

2. Iraq Body Count is "providing powerful propaganda for people responsible for horrendous war crimes".

3. Nick Davies's book, Flat Earth News, represents the kind of "stuff" that "finally kills people".

4. The dissent provided by George Monbiot, Naomi Klein and Mark Thomas in the Guardian is "one of the bars on our prison cell".

5. Professional rigour "does not exist" in the "Western media".

Some of you will recognise these examples — they're all statements by Medialens, a media criticism website. The worst example (in terms of consequences at least) is probably number two. Scores of antiwar websites and blogs copied-and-pasted Medialens's attacks on IBC apparently without bothering to check the facts. (As it turns out, Medialens's anti-IBC campaign was a catalogue of errors in addition to being an exercise in vicious unspeak).

* A statement made by the Medialens editors on their message board, echoing (in a distorted way) the slightly more reasonable opinion of John Pilger which they quoted in one of their alerts: "By voting for Blair, you will walk over the corpses of at least 100,000 people...".