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John Rentoul

drum 300x225 Banging the Drum Against Human RightsI like to think that I can spot a Media Lens shill from two feet away from a computer screen. But Ellie Keen got past the defences and it was not until her third email that I detected the distinctive edge of hard-left psycho-ideology.

For those of you who are not familiar with this cult of admirers of Noam Chomsky, I have dealt with them before on this blog. Their way of working is to write polite emails to journalists (wage slaves of the corporate media) taking issue, usually in a tone quite alien to the frothing bottom-dwellers of internet comments boxes, with something they have written. Journalist sometimes replies suggesting that they write to the letters editor, and sometimes tries to justify what he or she has written.

This may continue until journalist is too busy to reply or until the snarl of Chomskian-Pilgerism is unwittingly betrayed and journalist realises he or she has not been engaging with a reasonable person.

At this point, Media Lens adherent then posts the email chain on the sect’s website, without notice or permission, under the heading “Correspondence with John Rentoul“. This is supposed to embarrass the apologist for the corporate media/torture/Tony Blair and expose him to ridicule by other sect members. In case the words of the emails themselves are insufficient for this purpose, she provides some commentary, and introduces the collection by putting in quotation marks a phrase that is not contained in what follows.

In this case, I thought Keen’s first email cogent enough to be worth replying to on this blog (without publishing her name, of course), although her knowledge of the Chahal case seemed a little suspect.

Judge for yourself.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-W-Symonds/100000081379450 Richard W. Symonds

    DEMOCRACY & ITS ILLUSIONS (eg Henry Jackson Society & “The Big Society”)

    Oliver Kamm (& Michael Gove) are signatories to the Cambridge-based Henry Jackson Society (HJS)
    http://www.henryjacksonsociety.org/signatories.asp?pageid=36 – which says it all to me. Patrons & Signatories to this ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ include Neo-Con Richard Perle & former MI6 Head Richard Dearlove. No more said – except this :

    Gatwick City of Ideas – The Henry Jackson Society – A Neo-Con Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
    http://gatwickcity.phpbb3now.c...

    Oh, and John Rentoul is a “Big Beast Politblogger” on HJS – surprise, surprise :

    Henry Jackson Society – John Rentoul
    http://conservativehome.blogs.com/thinktankcentral/henry-jackson/

  • barabu

    I just had a look at that website. What a pile of pants! It would be amusing if we could replace the oil in the region with carrots and see how much these self-serving hypocrites cared about the Middle East.

  • Stephen__O

    It appears my comment has been ruthlessly suppressed. It was on long enough for Mr Kamm to respond (not to the valid points I made, just a general, groundless attack) but now it’s gone.

    Mr Kamm, will you join me in condemning this censorship?

  • JohnJustice

    Interpreting any harsh treatment of those suspected of attempting to destroy our way of life as torture, denigrating everything done by the west to defend itself and to improve the lives of others seems to me to be getting things a little out of kilter.

    By all means condemn torture where there is irrefutable evidence for it but picking up on any allegation, however flimsy, is simply giving ammunition to the enemy, which I suspect is the main purpose of people like Media Lens.


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