MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
4 December, 2008
The Guardian columnist, George Monbiot, posted the following on our website message board yesterday:
“Can this be true?
“If so, I think I have reason to feel aggrieved.”
The link was to a blog by Bob Shone. Shone has, himself, long felt aggrieved by our criticism of Iraq Body Count (IBC), of which he is a passionate supporter. In response, he has smeared us whenever and wherever he can across the web. Perhaps because we have written less about IBC over the last couple of years, Shone has branched out by, for example, misrepresenting our criticism of Nick Davies‘s book Flat Earth News.
In his latest blog, Shone writes:
“Medialens stress that journalists should ‘subject their host media to serious and sustained criticism’ (Alert, 3/5/03). They’ve attacked Guardian columnist George Monbiot for not being more critical of the Guardian.* Yet, in a single Guardian article (The Lies of the Press), Monbiot wrote more words criticising the Guardian than Medialens wrote criticising the New Statesman (NS) in their entire run of NS columns.” (dissident93.wordpress.com/2008/11/28/medialens-monbiot-wilby-milne/)
Monbiot comments on our message board:
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