I don’t usually cover British politics, but issues concerned with the media and how they are handling their economic crisis does have some parallels here. The Daily Mail is like the UK’s print version of Fox. It is spin and opinion pilfered off on the British public as news. Here is how they are reporting a huge protest in London, 200 arrested as hardcore anarchists fight police long into night in Battle of Trafalgar Square after 500,000 march against the cut
Extremists hijack anti-government cuts demonstration
84 people injured – and at least 31 police officers hurt on day of violence
Ritz hotel attacked with paint and smokebombs and 1,000 occupy Fortnum & Mason
Protesters surge along Piccadilly, Regent Street and Oxford Street forcing shops to close
Lightbulbs filled with ammonia hurled at police officers
Labour leader Ed Miliband defends speech to marchers
Over 200 people were arrested as extremists brought violent chaos to central London yesterday after hijacking the much-heralded trade union protest against public spending cuts.
A massive clear-up operation was underway today after trouble continued to flare late into the night as hundreds of people clashed with officers in Trafalgar Square.
Police confirmed 201 people were in custody and there had been 84 reported injuries during the protests. At least 31 police were hurt with 11 of them requiring hospital treatment.
Some pretty clever spin. making the protests sound as though it was largely violent. Out of a reported half a million protesters, by the mail’s own numbers there were 84 protesters injured and 31 police. A total of 121 people. That means 0.0168 percent of the protesters were injured during confrontations. While I tend to think any level of violence at protests are unacceptable. Those 500,000 protesters did an admirable job of keeping the violence down. Violence is counter productive. Tending to lessen sympathy for your cause. Most of the violence and property damage was done by a small group of people who had splintered off from the main protesters. The BBC reports, TUC condemns post-rally violence in central London
Violence which followed a day of anti-spending cuts protests in London has been condemned by union leaders.
Hours after a peaceful march to Hyde Park, there were clashes between police and protesters in Trafalgar Square.
The TUC said the activities of a few hundred people should not detract from the main message of the official protest, which it said was attended by “between 250,000 and 500,000 people”.
Police said a total of 201 arrests had been made during the day.
The arrests were largely for a variety of public order offences, they said. In addition, 66 people were reported to have been injured, including at least 31 police officers, 11 of whom required hospital treatment. The injuries were described as relatively minor.
[ ]…Labour leader Ed Miliband, who spoke at the earlier rally, said there was “no excuse” for the violent scenes.
“I unequivocally condemn those who have committed acts of violence,” he said.
Policing minister Nick Herbert said “a small minority of individuals were intent on disorder”.
Powerline’s own Assrocket see’s people fighting for their economic rights, social justice and the actions of less than 1% of the protesters as the end of England, There May Not Always Be An England
Do you remember the good old days when an Englishman’s proudest boast was that he paid his way? That was then, and this is now: today something like a half million Englishmen demonstrated in London against proposed budget cuts. Their boast, apparently: someone else pays my way!
America’s right is at least consistent, framing England’s social safety net in the same terms they frame that of the U.S. Those protesters do pay their way. When they have jobs they pay for health care and retirement benefits out of payroll taxes just like we pay for Social Security and Medicare out of payroll taxes. The protesters, which Assrocket, without flinching at the hypocrisy, acknowledges is partly about massive layoffs as part of England’s austerity measures. How to save the England that Assrocket remembers, the one that exists only in his imagination. Shoot the protesters,
AssRockets thinks Napoleons prescription would work on the protesters – ” but he had the right prescription for dealing with mobs: a whiff of grapeshot“. For those who are not familiar with the term grapeshot
Grapeshot is a type of anti-personnel ammunition used in naval cannons. It was similar to its land cousin canister shot, although its slugs were much larger to punch through the hull of ships. Instead of solid shot, a mass of loosely packed metal slugs is loaded into a canvas bag. Grapeshot can also be improvised from chainlinks, shards of glass, rocks, etc. When assembled, the balls resemble a cluster of grapes (hence the name). On firing, the balls spread out from the muzzle at high velocity, giving an effect similar to a shotgun, but scaled up to cannon size.
Grapeshot was devastatingly effective against massed infantry at short range. It was used to savage massed infantry charges quickly.
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship on the attacks on NPR. While I still cannot say I am a fan – to me NPR seems watered down, frequently leans Right of center, has a larger proportion of right-wing guests, features more male reporters and pundits than women, has mostly white commentators and a few other problems, they are, to borrow a quote from the full editorial, “Yet in the words of Confucius, better a diamond with a flaw — a big flaw — than a pebble without.” NPR Is Not Left Wing Opposite of Right Wing Media Machine – Our publicly supported media is not perfect, but we must defend it against this current asault
To the accusers of NPR, the created reality of however they define “liberal” is not the same as what they mean when they call themselves “conservative.” If it were, the two would be exact reverse images of each other. Where media are concerned, all you have to do to know this is not the case is to hold them up, side-by-side. If “liberal” were the counterpoint to “conservative,” NPR would be the mirror of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and James O’Keefe, including the use of their techniques as well as content. Clearly it isn’t.
To charge otherwise is a phony gambit aimed at nothing less than quashing the public’s access to non-ideological journalism, narrowing viewpoints to all but one. We know from first-hand experience that any journalist whose reporting threatens the conservative belief system gets sliced and diced by its apologists and polemicists at Fox and on talk radio.
[ ]…Americans need more and sustained reporting on what the journalist William Greider calls “the hard questions of governance” — those questions of how and why some interests are allowed to dominate the government’s decision making while others are excluded. Who gets the money and who has to pay? Who must be heard on this question and who can be safely ignored? None execute this kind of reporting better than Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez’s on Democracy Now!, which, while carried by some public radio and television stations, is not distributed nationally by either NPR or PBS. Public media – radio and television – too rarely challenge the dictum: “News is what people want to keep hidden; everything else is publicity.”
NPR is a decades long example of how rabid far Right conservatives frame the issue of “liberal” media. Any media, any report, any reporter who does not consistently tow the far Right’s ideological line is defined as liberal. If NPR does a report on Obama cutting taxes – a fact – that is seen as liberal bias. If NPR reports a scientific fact the Right doesn’t like. That is considered a liberal slant. So they are always going to whine about any news that is not spun the way Fox, the WSJ or the Washington Times spins their news. As distasteful as some may find it, reading right-wing blogs, newspapers and net magazines is educational. You get a glimpse of how the media in the United States would be if they had total control. All spin all the time.