Tuesday, October 18, 2016

With just a single touch, JK Rowling can cure any journalist of his misogyny

You've probably heard by now about Nick Cohen's batty piece which depicts STV's Fox News-style columnist Stephen Daisley as a modern-day Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who has been "silenced" by the totalitarian SNP "state".  Actually, Cohen tries terribly, terribly hard to avoid tripping off the familiar "one-party state" klaxon, probably because he's finally noticed how easy it is for people to respond with the simple but rather important observation that Scotland has lots of parties and isn't a state.  Instead, he carefully brands our country a "one-party democracy" at the start of the article - but he just can't help himself.  By the end, he's back to raging about the NUJ in Scotland taking the side of the "state" rather than Daisley - apparently oblivious to the fact that he's accusing them of taking the side of the Tories rather than the SNP.  Yes, Nick, the state in Scotland is known as "the United Kingdom", and it's run by someone called Theresa May.  None of us have ever had a chance to vote for or against her, but paradoxically yer man Daisley is a big, big fan of hers.  He told us so in those fearsome, state-challenging STV articles of his.

I'm sure, by the way, that it's a total coincidence that the journalist we're invited to regard as a martyr just happens to share Cohen's own establishment worldview about absolutely everything - pro-Blairism, anti-Corbyn, pathologising every criticism of the Israeli government, etc, etc.  It's also inspiring to see Cohen defend journalism from outside interference by denouncing STV's editors (who alone were responsible for the decision to change Daisley's role) as "unworthy of their senior position" - a pretty unambiguous call for them to be sacked.  Self-awareness really isn't Nick's thing, is it?

There's just one other main point I want to make about the article, and it becomes fairly self-evident when you consider the following four indisputable facts -

1) The Twitter troll account "Brian Spanner" (championed by Daisley and strongly suspected by many to be the alter ego of one or more well-known unionist journalists) has been guilty of some of the most appalling misogynistic abuse directed against female politicians that you're ever likely to see.  Arguably the worst example of all was when he said this of Labour's Margaret Curran : "Is she the victim of FGM? She is a torn faced C***".

2) The notoriously litigious Labour-supporting billionaire JK Rowling befriended "Spanner" and spoke of him in glowing terms.

3) Even when Spanner's track-record was pointed out to Rowling, she failed to disassociate herself from him.  Instead, she doubled down by mocking his detractors and threatening one of them with her team of lawyers (much to the delight of Stephen Daisley).

4) This sequence of events reflects extremely badly on Rowling.

But not on Planet Cohen - oh no.  Instead, Nick explains that Spanner cannot possibly be misogynistic or abusive in spite of the overwhelming evidence of our own eyes, simply because Rowling likes him, and she would never take a liking to anyone who is misogynistic or abusive.  If Cohen's piece had been a scientific paper, someone would currently be taking him aside and gently reminding him of the concept of 'falsifiability'.  It seems that it is literally impossible for JK Rowling to keep bad company, because her friendship is in itself sufficient to redeem anyone of their wrongdoing.

For example, if JK Rowling were to write a positive review of Mein Kampf on Amazon, would Nick Cohen say that was -

a) Unwise

or

b) Away and don't be so daft.  Of course Adolf wasn't a genocidal dictator.  JK Rowling likes his book, for pity's sake.

Yup, you're getting the idea.

70 comments:

  1. Daisly was silenced by STV after he broke in-house rules and posted on the official STV news twitter account, as himself, linking to a STV news item and criticising would-be complainers of said piece.
    I know, as I complained to STV and I have my email and their reply if you would like o see it.

    Nothing to do with the SNP, he was disciplined and removed from services other than behind the scene editing for a breach of conduct.

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  2. Refreshingly forensic treatment of the disturbingly self-unaware idiocy that is present-day Unionist journalism - thanks, James! I'm not one of this who thinks this reveals fear on their part of our inevitable victory - there is nothing inevitable about it, it may never happen, and they may still be right. But such dismal stupidity from their side must give us hope in our darkest moments.

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  3. Yoon loonballs are now attempting to hold two contradictory ideas in their mind at the same time.

    A) Nats are vicious online abusers who must be silenced and...

    B) It's hilarious when Spanner calls women "torn faced c*nts" and this must continue.

    These fuckwits know where this is going and they don't like it one bit.

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2October 18, 2016 at 11:54 PM

      VILE Nat sis doing what they do best by condemning people who disagree with them. Real scum you lot are. Have you made plans for holiday homes for dissenters? Free gas bills.
      Good news is Chuck Berry has made a new album.

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    2. *pats retarded troll on empty noggin*

      There, there.

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  4. By indulging in blatant and bizarre falsehoods Nick Cohen has destroyed the notion that journalists are the impartial defenders of truth. Cohen has unwittingly strengthened the view that the main stream media cannot be trusted in reporting news events.

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  5. Yes Gavin, I would like to see it. Thanks.

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    1. Niall, posted further down, also

      https://twitter.com/jammach/status/788547583526436864

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    2. Thanks Gavin, and while you may be right, their reply to you does not make clear that they have changed Daisley's responsibilities as a result of this tweet, merely that they have changed their processes to better make sure individuals know with which account they are posting.

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  6. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    So Gavin you are a banker! Sure it is not wanker? Pity you with your banking (wanking) experience could not suggest a new Scottish currency before the Sept 2014 referendum.
    So awa and play with yer ding a ling and think again. Up yer kilt mon.

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    1. Brian Spanner's idiot brother.

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 12:20 AM

      You are unknown tae yerself Nat si.

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    3. How do you know he's called Si?

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  7. "Brian Spanner" is a she; a publishing professional, in fact.

    That is the get-out for the misogyny accusation. Can anyone name a high profile publishing professional who is close to Rowling, Maggie Darling and the History Crone?

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    1. Did they make a film about her namesakes wedding once?

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  8. Arguably the worst example of all was when he said this of Labour's Margaret Curran : "Is she the victim of FGM? She is a torn faced C***".

    Do remember at peak Spanner, the redoubtable tweeter apologised in the most fulsome terms to Ms Curran. To the neutral observer it was almost as if the lines between pseudonymous troll and that of a contentious Nat hunter general 'journalist', were being blurred and tremulously close to being revealed. How embarrassing would it be for a professional pro-Unionist columnist to admit to having said the above about Ms Curran?

    The identity of Mr Spanner is known to Ms Rowling and those in charge of auditing her charity who received a cheque for some £500 from Mr Spanner after he sold some t-shirts mocking the loons of the Scottish resistance... Some day someone with funds will ask for a copy of the names of donors who gave sums above £500...Someday.

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  9. JK Plagiarist is one of the Brian Spanners. She's also a revolting apologist for racism, child abuse, mass rape and torture.

    But she hates Scotland and bankrolls labour, because tories are evil, my poor mother sob sob. And bankrolls extreme OO neo-Nazi yoonballs because, SNP BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!

    Why do our pigs of the press allow her to get away with it when they can find a mote of dirt on any Yes supporter from 79 parsecs away?

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  10. Has anyone bothered to ask Margaret Curran her thoughts? Her response could be interesting, to say the least

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  11. The penny has finally dropped for me! The SNP controls the media and makes them write all those SNP BAD stories because the media is so reviled that people do the opposite of what the media wants and SNP support increases.

    I take my hat off to the evil geniuses of the SNP.

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 1:35 AM

      Evil is a religious term and does not apply to the Nat sis. They are not genious just losers.

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    2. The snivelling, pathetic Britnat si social inadequate can shuffle off back to the Dreary Heil whenever it's ready, and come back when it has an argument to present.

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    3. GWC, the post you replied to actually showed you how to spell "genius". All you had to do was copy it.

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  12. You're welcome to follow the link below for the evidence that Daisley was hoisted by his own petard.

    https://twitter.com/jammach/status/788547583526436864

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  13. So, GWC2, a Chuck Berry fan, eh?

    Whit's yer favourite track - Troll over Beethoven? Or, since it's you, mair likely you prefer to play with your own ding-a-ling.

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    1. I have suddenly been assailed by doubts - Brian Spanner a wummin? How about GWC2? I was going to suggest having him (?) send in photos of him (?) playing with his ding-a-ling (?), but I'm about to have my dinner.

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  14. Floridly psychotic. It is seldom one encounters this degree of paranoid delusion outside a clinical setting. The evidence from this Spectator polemic strongly suggests Mr Cohen is certifiable. One can only hope those who truly care for him will stage an intervention.

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  15. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    I note James you managed to sneak the word Israel into your article.

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM

      And who you!

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    2. The snivelling, pathetic Britnat si social inadequate can shuffle off back to the Dreary Heil whenever it's ready, and come back when it has an argument to present.

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    3. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 4:26 PM

      And who you!

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    4. I'm that suspicion, worrying away in the back of your mind, that you've done something awful in abandoning your principles and becoming a bag carrier for the Tories.

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    5. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 7:11 PM

      You are the bag carrier for the Nat si Tartan Tories and Huil has probably changed parties more than his skiddies.

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    6. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 7:28 PM

      Twat tartan tory.

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    7. The appendix rumbles again...

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  16. Britnat hypocrisy. No surprise.

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  17. Andy Ellis ‏@ndls61 43m

    @DavidJFHalliday Ach, he's just another tin-eared metrosplainer delivering sermons to the unruly jocks. Point, laugh, mute, move on.

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  18. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    The end result for you Nat sis is the sensible people do not vote for independence. And going by your posts for the past two years you will be in the wilderness. Raise your game fash. You seem like a fake Brit taking the piss blog. Do try putting your alternative and substantive policies to the Scottish people. As long as Anonomous aka David Francis is your cutting edge then you are fucked.

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    1. *pats cheek of drooling brain-damaged troll*

      There, there.

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  19. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    You could arrange a Nat si burn in event of Harry Potter books followed by smashing some English business windows.That will do the trick fash bhoys and slappers,

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    1. *ruffles asymmetrical bowl-cut of pigeon-toed troll*

      There, there.

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 10:40 PM

      We will be out of the corrupt EU soon then the Scottish people should then turn to getting rid of the excess politicians in the Scottish Parliament who have exhausted their time on the gravy train. End the political gravy train. House of Lords next then get rid of Kim Jung Eck and Knickerless. Less politicians means better public services.

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  20. Glasgow Working Class 2October 19, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    James has to explain why he mentioned Israel in this thread.

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    1. racist tory twat

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2October 20, 2016 at 12:56 AM

      Nat si Tartan Tory Twat speaks for James or does James speak for himself.

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    3. The appendix rumbles again...
      When did James have to justify himself to you, appendix?

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    4. Glasgow Working Class 2October 20, 2016 at 2:38 PM

      When did you start speaking for James? I just asked the question and he can answer if he wants.

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    5. When did James have to justify himself to you, appendix?

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    6. "James has to explain why he mentioned Israel in this thread." This wasn't a question; the troll demanded, with the words "has to explain" that our generous host justify himself.

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    7. Glasgow Working Class 2October 20, 2016 at 5:11 PM

      Perhaps he should explain why Israel was mentioned and not North Korea!
      Why Israel!

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    8. Read the article again, halfwit.

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  21. The drivel that gwc2, (Britnat si extraordinaire) is starting to head for the big crescendo as the panic in his posts becomes more and more evident.
    You can smell the fear of the Britnat sis - tick tock chappies.

    Nurse, I think much stronger meds are going to be needed for him, and make it a bulk order.......

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2October 20, 2016 at 8:04 PM

      Just wondering if anti semitism and antipathy towards the Israeli State is endemic in the Scottish Nat si Party as has been identified in the Labour Party.
      Reasonable question to ask on a Scottish Nat si blog methinks.

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2October 20, 2016 at 9:59 PM

      Was that no I should not ask the question and do you speak for the Nat si party on this matter. James has to give an explanation for mentioning Israel on a Scottish Nat si blog.

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    3. When did James have to justify himself to you, appendix?

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  22. why do you let loons like gwc tweet that bile

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2October 20, 2016 at 10:29 PM

      I do not tweet thicko Nat si.

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    2. Eat your cereal.

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  23. Glasgow Working Class 2October 20, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Looks like the Nat sis are sleeping.

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    1. The troll calls scottish people "jocks", advocates arming Leave campaigners, claimed Jo Cox's husband was a fascist, uses racial and ethnic slurs, pretends to be Labour (badly) while espousing far-right racist hate-speech, praises Theresa May and the tories and displays a perverted poisonous obsession with Scotland's First Minister & her predecessor.

      The ultra-right-wing authoritarian Britnatsi can trot off snivelling back to its chums at the Daily Suppress whenever it's ready.

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  24. Glasgow Working Class 2October 21, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Just read some Daisley comments about Corbyn and the comments are factual.

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    1. The troll calls scottish people "jocks", advocates arming Leave campaigners, claimed Jo Cox's husband was a fascist, uses racial and ethnic slurs, pretends to be Labour (badly) while espousing far-right racist hate-speech, praises Theresa May and the tories and displays a perverted poisonous obsession with Scotland's First Minister & her predecessor.

      The ultra-right-wing authoritarian Britnatsi can trot off snivelling back to its chums at the Daily Suppress whenever it's ready.

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2October 22, 2016 at 11:10 AM

      According to Daisley Corbyn has invited fascist antisemitic Jew haters into the Commons. Something you would approve of no doubt.

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    3. The troll calls scottish people "jocks", advocates arming Leave campaigners, claimed Jo Cox's husband was a fascist, uses racial and ethnic slurs, pretends to be Labour (badly) while espousing far-right racist hate-speech, praises Theresa May and the tories and displays a perverted poisonous obsession with Scotland's First Minister & her predecessor.

      The ultra-right-wing authoritarian Britnatsi can trot off snivelling back to its chums at the Daily Suppress whenever it's ready.

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    4. Glasgow Working Class 2October 23, 2016 at 11:00 PM

      You agree then that fascist Islamic anti semetic Jew haters should be invited into democratically elected parliaments?

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    5. The troll calls scottish people "jocks", advocates arming Leave campaigners, claimed Jo Cox's husband was a fascist, uses racial and ethnic slurs, pretends to be Labour (badly) while espousing far-right racist hate-speech, praises Theresa May and the tories and displays a perverted poisonous obsession with Scotland's First Minister & her predecessor.

      The ultra-right-wing authoritarian Britnatsi can trot off snivelling back to its chums at the Daily Suppress whenever it's ready.

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