Saturday, April 18, 2009

True Guardian

I had been keeping my powder dry before launching a vicious assault upon the unbalanced, intemperate, prejudicial, trial by meeja, agenda based, G20 'reporting' by what used to be a respected if badly typo graphed newspaper.

Whilst not wishing to jump on the bandwagon and point out that some folk, with the aforementioned agendas, do not even mention this tragic event at all on their front page - strange that....not, I am genuinely appalled at the general apathy shown towards this matter by all of the media outlets. There are times (sic) when you begin to wonder whether it is all worth it.

So to redress the balance, here's the headline.


Even our Home Secretary cannot bring herself to pass on any form of personal regret or condolence. Sky did manage to be one of the few media outlets to include this somewhat dismissive quote.....

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: "Such events highlight the dangers that police officers face every day on the frontline protecting the public."

Now to my editorial notes.....

Like I said, I was keeping my powder dry until the IPCC did its job regarding the various incidents down south, but the camel's back finally broke when a) the media ignored Gary's death b) Sky News jumped onto the Grauniad's bandwagon of intemperate, misleading and unchallenged language in its reporting.

Once upon a time, I took a degree in Politics and Economics. Once upon a time I considered a career as a Journalist. Then I grew up and joined the real world, where actions speak louder than words.

However, my tertiary education wasn't entirely wasted, because one of the fundamental attributes of any scholar should be the ability to analyse impartially any evidence provided to support a case or proposition.

I have been monitoring closely the Grauniad's selective reporting over the G20 matters. It is abundantly clear that they have an Agenda and all their reporting is fixated on 'spinning' their line. There is no impartiality at all and, as such, any support that they may have wished to engender in respect of questioning the Police tactics and role in keeping the peace at such demonstrations, is lost. Any valid points they may have made are now lost in poorly disguised vitriol.

Let's look at the FACTS.

Ian Tomlinson died. Tragedy, for his family and friends.

First PM without the benefit of hindsight and information re 'contact' with Police suggests a heart attack.

Grauniad obtains 'impartial' witness evidence and video of Police 'contact' with Mr Tomlinson. After making hay with same, passes same to IPCC.

Second PM, with hindsight, finds internal bleeding the prime cause of death.

Now, let's look at the possibilities.....

The second PM has, as far as I'm aware, not suggested any cause for the mass bleed.

There was considerable 'contact' with Mr Tomlinson before his death, not all of it reported by the Grauniad. One might be cynical and suggest that this didn't quite fit the 'just walking home' role in the events, so let's just gloss over that shall we.

The family's lawyer has described the videod contact with the TSG officer as follows;

Jules Carey, the lawyer acting for Tomlinson's family, said: "The video footage of the unprovoked and vicious assault on Ian by the police officer would easily justify charges of assault being brought against the officer. The findings of Dr Nat Cary significantly increase the likelihood that the officer will now face the more serious charge of manslaughter."

Is it just me, but how come this lawyer can use the adjectives 'unprovoked' and 'vicious' before the result of the IPCC investigation is published? Similarly, the inflammatory use of 'easily justify charges of assault' is a case of suggesting guilt before the presumption of innocence.

Later in the same article we are advised that there was;

Immediate reaction from politicians to the second postmortem result with demands that the inquiry be pursued as a matter of urgency. Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, described it as an "alarming finding". He added: "It suggests that Mr Tomlinson's treatment by the police officer caught on video may have been the final contributing factor in his death. These findings put further pressure on the IPCC to investigate this matter with all urgency." Boris Johnson, the London mayor and chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority, urged the IPCC to be open and quick. "There must now be a fast and transparent conclusion to the IPCC investigation, with the full and urgent cooperation of all involved," he said. "It is vital that everyone takes care not to prejudice either the ongoing IPCC investigation or indeed any future criminal proceedings that may arise. "The Met receive and deserve the overwhelming support of the people of London, but the family of Ian Tomlinson need answers and so do Londoners."

I'm not surprised in the choice of Politicians sought to spout on behalf of the Grauniad and Mr Huhne has an amazing medical and pathology knowledge if he can extrapolate that the last 'contact' can be considered the
'final contributing factor' in Mr Tomlinson's death.

Having said that, Boris gets it spot on for a change!
"It is vital that everyone takes care not to prejudice either the ongoing IPCC investigation or indeed any future criminal proceedings that may arise." Couldn't have put it better myself.

Meanwhile over at Sky........

.........Exaggeration is rife.

Oh, and am I being cynical when the term animal rights supporter pops up and I think... no job then to describe yourself by then, eh?

I was tickled by her being upset that a horrible man thing attacked her ladyship though! Does she not know we are totally diverse today when we chose who to thrash the living daylights out of.

All this goes to show is don't believe everything you read in the media and more importantly read between the lines!

Indeed, if the Police do not get any form of reassurance in situations like these that their often thankless job entails difficult split second decisions and reactive action, then those lines may just head off home, because any action seems to meet with an unequal reaction thereafter.

© Mr Plod

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PC Plastic Fuzz said...

I’d be looking at some kind of action against the paper for deformation of character/slander etc.

Lots of complaints to the PCC (Press Complaints Commission) after the IPCC investigation me thinks. In fact, I might whack one out now – an email that is.

Hogday said...

Well said Mr Plod. You rightly highlight the world in which you work, as Polis.

A world where a firm shove by a law enforcement officer results in an unexpected and tragic death followed up by a howling media. Then a violent assault, by suspected criminal on a law enforcement officer trying to arrest him, not only succeeds, but exceeds and kills the policeman. This latter incident is, in turn, followed up by - speak up I can't hear you - scarcely a whimper by the guardians of free speech.

Area Trace No Search said...

Noddy, well said as always.

Wish I had the guts to even start explaining my thoughts about all this.

Officer Dibble said...

A spleen nicely vented!

The scraping of the bottom of the tub of so called news reporting on this has got to banal levels.

If the TSG and level 2 officers threw their public order cards in and walked away from those lines we draw and anarchy results at the next 'peaceful and democratic protest' then you can see the headlines now..

Meeja!...wasters the lot of them.

Dad To Be said...


Wise words indeed - I have been quiet as of late due to a move north, but applaud (as do colleagues) your semtiments.

Dad To Be

Stonehead said...

I, too, was interested to see Miss Fisher described as an "animal rights supporter". In my experience, they're a nasty, threatening and even violent group of standover merchants. I've had more threats of violence and death from "animal rights" supporters than I care to recall.

So when I saw Miss Fisher described as one, I didn't think warm. cuddly thoughts as such a description is obviously meant to engender. Instead, I immediately suspected she was there to be provocative at very least—and to get "stuck in" at worst.

I suggest that for the next few demonstrations, officers collectively go down with "blue flu" and leave the protesters to do their thing—particularly if they're outside a major news outlet's headquarters. I suspect there will be a rapid volte face...

Noddy said...


Surely you mean Ms Fisher!


Glad to hear you are still aboot, min.

Stonehead said...

No, I meant "Miss". It makes her name sound close to "misfit". :D

uphilldowndale said...

Well said, Mr Noddy

Bullseye said...

Unfortunately the words "trial by media" tend to ring true and the presumption iof guilt has already been made and will surely make any jury trial (which I am sure it will come to) both unfair and unworkable in the true sense of having impartial hearing.

As for political regrets, the only regrets that Jacqui Spliff has,is that she regrets been caught out with her expenses(house allowances and bathplugs), her hubbys porn habits and her legalised theft of pay from police officers last year. She is a liar and a thief and a pronouncement from scum like her means nothing in the great scheme of things.