Unspeak Hit Parade
examples of unspeak from the "alternative"
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
3. Nick Davies's book, Flat
Earth News, represents the kind of "stuff"
4. The dissent provided by
George Monbiot, Naomi Klein and Mark Thomas in the Guardian
of the bars on our prison cell".
5. Professional rigour "does
not exist" in the "Western
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
* 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...".