Skip to content

From Elsewhere: The political naivety of Britain’s Liberal-Left

October 17, 2013

 

I could read the writings of Nick Cohen all day.  In this article from The Spectator, he hits the target once again, this time on the subject of press freedom.

Nick Cohen said:

“Britain’s journalists ought to be asking themselves an unfamiliar question: what is the point of my life? If they have any knowledge of history, they ought to know that they are the custodians of a tradition of press freedom, which began with John Milton and the “Independents” who opposed both Charles I and the Presbyterian theocrats of the 1640s. The point of having freedom is to hang on to it. Although you would never guess that from imbecilic games the British media plays.

Before I go further, I must acknowledge that you only have to say “press freedom” to see sneers appear on the wolfish lips of the media academics, who provide what intellectual backing the movement towards a state-supervised media possess. ‘What does it mean?’ they ask. Freedom to offend, to distort and to harass. Freedom for Murdoch and Rothermere? Freedom for media conglomerates to cut deals with politicians? (They don’t worry about political interference then, do they?)

I agree up to a point. The idea of press freedom, like the idea of every other kind of freedom, is riddled with absurdities and outright hypocrisies. It is very hard to say what it is.

It is very easy, however, to say what it is not.

It is not state supervision. If you have the state involved in a system that will censure and punish writers and publishers for expressing thoughts that are not offences under law – and, trust me, Britain has more than enough criminal and civil law regulating what we can say and write – then you do not have a free press. End of argument.

The political naivety of Britain’s liberals is as shocking as their failure to stick by basic principles. They imagined that once they let the beast of state power out of its cage, it would confine itself to savaging their enemies. If this week hasn’t taught them to heed Saul Bellow’s warning on suppression – ‘that if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining’ – nothing will. My employers at the Guardian and Observer are now under attack by authoritarian forces for doing what journalists should do and investigating the secret state.”

Read the rest at: http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/nick-cohen/2013/10/press-freedom-the-state-goes-for-everyone-and-you-have-no-right-to-be-surprised/

 

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Fahrenheit211

Religion, politics, culture and a whole lot more

Palestine-Israel Conflict

How Arab Jew Hate Invented A State And People That Don't Exist

Hound Off

A companion site for The Hound Online

sethsnap

Photographs from my world.

The Muslim Issue

"Muhammad was once a refugee taken in by the Jewish City of Medina. Within 5-years, he had driven out, executed, or enslaved every jew there."

PhotoBotos.com

211.946 degrees fahrenheit - the temperature at which my piss boils, these are the things that boil my piss.

Kafir Crusaders

Opening peoples eyes to the threat that Political Islam poses to all our futures. Counter Jihad, Opposing the Islamization And Stealth Jihad of our infidel lands, Anti Rape-Jihad, Exposing Muslim Grooming Gangs, Reverse Dawah, Highlighting Pro Muslim Media Bias And Reverse Racism, Campaigning Against New Mosque Building, Against Inhumane Halal Slaughtered Food. Hater Of All Terrorism And Violence

The Body Of Truth

Leading the Fight Against Islamization, Islamic Conquest and Sharia Law online. Coordinating Counter Jihadists Globally.

Anna Raccoon

A jaundiced view of the main stream media.

Cranmer

211.946 degrees fahrenheit - the temperature at which my piss boils, these are the things that boil my piss.

Harry's Place

211.946 degrees fahrenheit - the temperature at which my piss boils, these are the things that boil my piss.

Guido Fawkes

Parliamentary plots and conspiracy

Ambush Predator

211.946 degrees fahrenheit - the temperature at which my piss boils, these are the things that boil my piss.

%d bloggers like this: