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6th September 2011
THE PLONKER Vs THE HONEST NEWS REPORTER
In the previous post – Murdoch & Blair The Godfather: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” – I mentioned Jon Snow. Our twitter conversation developed from his initial wondering why Blair was in Paris last week to his asking me twice if I was paid for my support of Tony Blair. Clearly one would have to be a plonker NOT to be paid.
So I thought you might be interested in more of the recent Twitter interchange between Mr Snow and this plonker.
For those who don’t know, Jon Snow is a senior presenter (since 1989) at Channel 4, from where he runs a blog. A blog which provides an instant flavour of Mr Snow‘s opinions.
Some might wonder how come a broadcast journalist is able to hold down a job for 22 years, opine his political drops of pearly wisdom into the waiting and watching eyes and ears of tens of thousands, even millions over time, without any of the so
afflicted chosen voting for those pearls he throws before … er … swine(?)
Evidently, this little piggy is not made of the deserving stuff. I’m not in the market for those particular pearls, Mr Snow.
It all started fairly innocently with this tweet which Mr Snow sent round his subscribers (Snow’s comments in red.) I have included some follow-on tweets in the thread from others for the flavour (others’ comments are in grey.)
Glimpsed in the UK Ambassador’s garden in Paris during last week’s Libya summit: Tony Blair. What was he doing there?
I sent him this –
– odd how this question got RTd 76 times! Don’t these people check things out with me? Could have told them DAYS ago. Er… did.
Then Mr Snow responded with this –
@blairsupporter because it is almost impossible to divine where the ‘private’ Blair activities end and the ‘public’ ones start.
So I responded with this –
– I think it is almost impossible to separate private & public for ALL of us, in reality. Few of us are criticised as is T Blair
And Jon snow said –
@blairsupporter Let’s await the Iraq Inquiry report: then you can tell us he was the only one who got it right and we can ALL be criticised.
And I responded –
-I don’t for one moment think Blair will come out of Chilcot with no criticism. Some of us are just fighting a press “blackwash”.
At Snow’s own Tweet thread, & in a response to another tweep re Blair in Paris, I notice this –
@waggers5 Very hard to see what’capacity building’ on West Bank has to do with a meeting about the future of Libya
Mr Snow’s lateral thinking is astounding, don’t you think?! He didn’t comment on my “blackwash” point, strangely (!) but instead Mr Snow started on a new tack –
in reply to my previous tweet ↑
I told him the simple truth that I am not paid to defend TB, and copied into this tweet Blair’s Office as well as Ruth Turner, who DOES work for him –
Another tweep piled in, annoyed at Mr Snow over this “paid” question and its inference –
@jonsnowC4 youre poisoning the well. Should be ashamed of yourself. Scurrilous questioning motives rather than argument. @blairsupporter
And yet another said to Jon Snow –
@jonsnowC4 @blairsupporter Jon, if you think Channel 4 News’ coverage of Iraq and Chilcot has been impartial you don’t understand the term.
My good friend and other ‘head’ Julie –
Then another Blair Supporter chipped in with this –
There was a gap of a few hours, then this from-
@blairsupporter sure snow once said he always came away from down st agreeing with everything blair said. Hope I’m not wrong.
And I said to Mr Hallett –
– perhaps we should ask Mr Snow if he once said he always came away from down st agreeing with everything blair said. @jonsnowC4
Then Mr Snow came back with the “pay” query again, evidently disbelieving anyone can be so
committed daft to give this support for no financial gain!
in reply to ↑
@blairsupporter @geohalle Wasn’t that the man’s great gift! You came away believing Blair’s everything until you ‘found out’: does he pay u?
This tweep asked Snow –
@jonsnowC4: @blairsupporter You came away believing Blair’s everything until you ‘found out’ < Jon do you have any evidence Blair lied?
I don’t believe Mr Snow responded to this evidence request. He is clearly a “We All Knower”.
And Julie RT’d a comment from ijangus & her response –
Didn’t get too many of the usual suspects but there was this one –
in reply to ↑
And then there was a bright spark who saw right through my disguise!
This commenter made a fair point, though I did reply & told him the reasons for that –
@blairsupporter Without wishing to support Jon Snow here – you do act like a propaganda page for him & never mention anything bad…
Julie asked me this on the “pay” query –
@blairsupporter Haven’t you told him twice you are not getting paid by Tony? Not *that* difficult to understand, eh B.? @jonsnowC4
As the evening wore on –
I tweeted in response to DHewson’s comment –
When, out of the woodwork –
in reply to ↑
To which, this response –
And Julie responded to Luke –
in reply to ↑
As is the helpful way of the rational, Julie had a few more messages for the irrational Mr DHewson –
So there we have it. I’ve had enough of this twittering/tweetering for one day. I expect you feel the same.
The lesson from Jon Snow’s input?
Whatever they try to tell you – don’t ever, ever, EVER suspect that our media – entire channels and newspapers of it – are anything other than neutral and non-judgemental, especially when it comes to Tony Blair.
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