Loony Left: Is Owen Jones an elitist?

The week's madness courtesy of Owen Jones, the Guardian, Global Warmists, George Galloway, Ken Livingstone, the Taliban and Renee Slater

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On 20 April 2012 13:50

1. TALK TO OWEN JONES’S HAND ‘COZ HIS (ELITE) FACE AIN’T LISTENING…

I’ve said it before – write enough column inches and eventually you’ll be caught out as a hypocrite or land yourself in folly. It’s bound to happen; everybody slips up.

Even the darling of the Left can’t escape it.

Owen Jones is clearly highly intelligent – there’s absolutely no doubting that. But not long since failing to spot the difference between a salary of £134,565 and £1million-plus, Owen was on his backside again yesterday, having stepped on another blogosphere banana skin.

First of all he was fisked on these very pages by Andrew Gibson over his praise of Ken Livingstone in the Indie. Then...well, then there was the fall out. (Unsurprisingly, Owen didn’t feel that he’d been fisked.)

@TheCommentator Or rather some unknown random attempts to patronise me and responds line-by-line with right-wing dogma. Embarrassing.

By “some unknown random” I can only assume that Owen means somebody without 30-odd thousand twitter followers – yet surely this crass statement says more about him than it does his adversary? If I didn’t know better, I might sense a bit of elitism drawing in. 

Surely the hard-left’s great white hope wouldn’t be so inclined? After all, we are talking about the same man who, last year, said, “The idea of having two reigning monarchs of the university system, whose students are automatically regarded as being of a better quality than anywhere else, is completely anachronistic and has to go”.

I guess it's safe to assume, then, that you're more likely to find Ed Miliband in Number 10 than you are to hear Owen Jones dictating who should be heard and who should sit quiet and do the hearing, simply on the basis of who are they are.

An uncharacteristic slip, right?

@RaheemJKassam @RupertMyers @WillardFoxton I cocked up a stat in a rushed video. It was a gaffe. You'll make gaffes too but no-one will care

Hmm, Okay -- that implies that only the elite's gaffes are worthy of ridicule. Maybe we can just give him the benefit of the doubt?

.@Billymanning No, I messed up a stat in a rushed video. It was a gaffe. You'll make gaffes too, but no-one will ever care enough to notice

Sorry, Owen; three strikes -- you're out.

Then again, with a meagre 898 followers on Twitter, I doubt Owen will care what I have to say.

2. GUARDIAN PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANCY

Last week I had news of the Guardian digital journalism course; several weeks before that, Guardian accommodation. Now I bring you news of the Guardian public relations consultancy.

Okay, okay – it doesn’t really exist. But it’s essentially what they are doing in practice; accepting funding from organisations, to jet off to exotic locations – Greenpeace and Senegal in this instance – in order to cover stories that they otherwise wouldn’t have given a Gambian pouched rat’s tail about.

Et voila – Greenpeace has its message out there, about the effects of EU fishing vessels in West Africa, and the Guardian’s coffers are a little richer.

Fortunately, the paper has at least one sensible reader who complained of the ethics of such practice. The Graun has since vowed to detail all funding of future trips in the byline of their travel pieces with its deputy editor, Ian Katz stating,

All funded trips should be authorised by a senior editor and the judgment we should make is, ‘What would the reader, armed with the information about how the trip was funded, make of it?’ If the answer to that is that the reader would probably consider it dodgy, or somehow contaminating of our coverage, then we shouldn’t take it. (Emphasis added)

Err...I guess it’s too late to give Greenpeace its money back then?

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