I for one want a free press – that should go without saying but the point is “The money shot was the protesters attacking RBS” is correct – but why?
The press want that photo to go with the headline – a guy getting shoved over by a police officer is just not it, certainly not in the current political climate in the UK. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime still ring true in many circles – and and a couple of people – there may have been more, throwing a computer screen through a plate glass window surrounded by a gaggle of photographers was the place to be.
I ask why would the police allow this? After all – this was and still is criminal damage. Those idiots who did the damage are bloody fools – all part of a great conspiracy? I doubt that – but I am a cynic, so things like this cross my mind – especially when one person uses the death of Ian Tomlinson to say that the G20 protest is the reason to keep professional journos!
It was an American, of all people, who gave the Guardian the footage that started the whole thing – bringing about justice – with the irony that he was in the financial industry – where was the professional journo? Probably watching the dumb shits who smashed a window – well that would sell a few extra copies now wouldn’t it?
A further issue highlighted by Tomlinson’s death is that much of the initial coverage was appalling, evidenced by the readiness of many sections of the establishment media to present “official” versions.
Appalling isn’t the word for it! Absolute debacle is more like it.
It cannot replace the vigilance and tenacity of good investigative reporting, as shown by the Guardian’s use of photographs and footage of Tomlinson. This was investigated and verified by journalists whose revelations changed the angle of coverage by other newspapers and broadcasters.
This after being given the footage AND reporting the initial press release as fact!
The ‘Citizen Journalists’ had one up on the MSM – and they are now taking the most credit for it? Sweet Mary!
People expect, by default, that papers will NOT accept the official line! And then they will go out and find what is the truth – too many papers in the UK are all for that few minutes with the minister because they have the power to say that you can have that minute or two to get the headline.
Why are the newspaper journalists not following the minister around and asking the questions that people want answered? Why does it have to be done in Westminster over a nice coffee and crumpets or a turtle shell of a studio?
When will journalists get it that they represent the people just as much as the politician!?
‘Citizen journalists’ eg bloggers and the like are getting so popular in the UK because the professional journalists are not doing their job!
Peter – do you think that the database state would be as far advanced as it is if journalists had been on top of it five years ago?
Don’t come along now and pat yourself on the back – there is still a lot to do – take the plaudits, for you and professional journalists will get them, but go out and start afresh at being what you are paid to do and make those in power answer the damning question.
If there is to be a real and positive outcome and a lasting epitaph to Ian death, let it be an unwritten law that the press will never let his memory fade because you all will do your jobs – with no fear or favour.
Then you will see people buying papers again – a shedload of them, because they are telling the truth and journalists are doing their job!