Crick and Mason: class traitors!
Stephen Glover, and Kevlin MacKenzie are cross at the fact that Michael Crick, Newsnight’s political editor, and Paul Mason, the same programme’s economics editor, went on strike at the BBC and voiced their support for the industrial action. Apparently, the two Newsnight reporters have fatally compromised their professional neutrality.
But would Glover and MacKenzie be spitting poison at these two journalists if they had criticised the strike? Would that have demonstrated that they were too right-wing to do their jobs objectively? Would that have indicated a dangerous bias from the two journalists in favour of the Coalition? I think we all know the answer to that question. And I think on the basis of the answer we need not take the hyperventilating of Glover and MacKenzie too seriously.
What’s also interesting about the Glover and MacKenzie view is that they seem to believe Crick and Mason are guilty of some sort of class betrayal. “I wonder how much each gentleman is paid” says Glover, “my guess would be upwards of £90,000 a year.” MacKenzie calls them “middle-class tossers”. Is this relevant? Only if you believe that it is the natural order for the poor to strike and for the wealthy to condemn strikes.
It seems to me that Glover and MacKenzie are the ones interested in resurrecting the class war.Tagged in: Kelvin MacKenzie, Michael Crick, newsnight, Paul Mason, Stephen Glover
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